LCC Postgraduate Diploma Photography Portfolio Development graduate wins Joan Wakelin Bursary
Manuela Henao, a recent LCC Postgraduate Diploma Photography Portfolio Development graduate, has just been awarded the Joan Wakelin Bursary in association with the Royal Photographic Society and the Guardian.
Manuela, a documentary photographer born in Colombia and based in London, won the £2000 bursary on the strength of her proposal to produce a photographic essay on beauty ideals in Colombia. She will use the money to fund the project, which will take three months to complete, and which will be published in the Guardian and the Royal Photographic Society Journal.
Talking on her time at LCC Manuela explains “studying at LCC was a great experience for me. I did the Postgraduate Diploma Photography Portfolio Development, a very practice based course, which helped me gain the confidence with lighting and the camera that I needed. My tutors were always very keen to help me develop my photographic style and the conceptual side of my work, and even though I am no longer an LCC student they still offer me advice and guidance.”
Manuela’s previous projects include a photo series documenting the new generation’s modernisation of a rural Colombian mountain settlement, and a series of boxing portraits set in The Pedro Club in East London.