Star college photography students win big at national awards

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Edinburgh College students snapped up 11 prizes at the British Institution of Professional Photography Scottish Region Awards, continuing a purple patch in the competition over the last few years.

The Photography students’ haul included three gold first-place prizes.

This is the eighth year in a row that Edinburgh College photography students have returned from the competition clutching a hefty bag of awards.

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

Social and Portraiture
Gold – Gary Lee
Silver – Leesa Tulloch
Bronze – Gareth King

Advertising
Silver – Laura Feliu Lloberas
Merit – Stephen Dunn
Merit – Helena Berney

Fashion
Gold – Edgar Basmakov
Silver – Edgar Basmakov

Photojournalism
Gold – Stephen Dunn
Merit – Sue Williamson

Open
Merit – Sue Williamson

The awards took place at the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel and were judged by BIPP fellows Bryn Griffiths and Kevin Wilson.

BA Alumni and previous BIPP winner Pavel Tamm gave a presentation about his award-winning images, his latest commissions and the experience of being part of the UK World Cup Photography Team. Pavel only graduated last year but has already established himself in the industry and continues to do personal work and run a successful business.

Edinburgh College photography lecturer Jon Lee said: “This was another fantastic night of success for our students, who richly deserve them. The judges talked about the outstanding qualities of the students’ work so they’re already making waves in the industry. We’ve done very well in the BIPP Awards over the last few years and our current crop of students are showing again what talent we have here and how they’re being prepared well for careers in photography.”

Student Gary Lee, whose image Poppy Proud won gold in the Social and Portraiture category said he was “really proud” to have won and added: “There were loads of great images, not only in this category but throughout all of the categories at the awards, and to have won I am surprised but extremely happy. Congratulations to all the winners at this year’s event. I look forward to competing again in the future in the professional categories.”

Leesa Tulloch, who took silver in the same category, said: “I am honoured and delighted to be awarded silver. To have my work recognised by a professional body means a great deal.”

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