Edinburgh College photography students snap up the country’s top prizes

Edinburgh College’s photography department won College of the Year and Student of the Year at the British Institution of Professional Photography National Student & College Awards 2017.

Edinburgh College had the honour of winning the overall College of the Year Award thanks to the portfolio of BA Professional Photography student, Leesa Tulloch.

HND1 Professional Photography student Gavin Smart was named Overall Winner of the Student Awards 2017. And students claimed a further five awards.

The full list of awards in each category, won by a mixture of HND and BA Photography students, is:

  • Edinburgh College – The Overall 2017 College Award, for student Leesa Tulloch’s portfolio.
  • Gavin Smart – Winner of the Visual Arts Category for The Railway Project & Overall Winner of the Student Awards 2017.
  • Stephen Dunn – Two merits in the Weddings & Portraits Category for Jazz & Artists
  • Ryan McCann – Winner of the Open Category for Communication Breakdown
  • Laura Lioberas – Runner Up in the Open Category for The Deconstructed Self
  • Magdalena Walczak – Merit in the Open Category for The Most Hated

Edinburgh College photography lecturer Jon Lee said: “All lecturers in the photography department congratulate this year’s winners and are overwhelmed by the standard of work across our Higher Education courses. Our students demonstrate a consistent high level of work every year to a professional standard and provide inspiration to their peers. We work with students to prepare them for life in the industry and the fact that these awards were judged by professionals demonstrates that our students are on the right path. ”

Leesa Tulloch said: “I am thrilled and delighted to have been awarded the prestigious BIPP 2017 College Award for my portfolio. I have a huge debt of gratitude to both Jon Lee and Graham McGirk, my lecturers at Edinburgh College, for believing that it was possible.”

Gavin Smart said: “The BIPP Student of the Year award was an important event for me at this early stage in my photographic career. As a first-year student this is a fantastic recognition of my hard work and dedication, from a respected organisation within the UK photography industry. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share my work, and this success means the world to me. It is an encouraging measure of my progress to date, and a strong motivation to keep learning and growing as a creative individual.”

Marjory Crooks, who is Curriculum Manager for Broadcast Media at Edinburgh College, took time to thank staff who had helped develop the talent of the students on the way to winning their awards.

She said: “It is a privilege to be working with such a dedicated team of lecturers who consistently inspire and engage students to develop their own practice and enable them to be recognised not only at competition level, but by international professionals and current contemporaries working in the sector of professional photographic practice.”

Information about Edinburgh College’s Broadcast Media and Photography programmes is on the college website course pages.