BA Graphic Design student Scarlett Evans has won Sony’s Student Focus Award 2014, triumphing over students from more than 230 universities worldwide.
Evans was shortlisted for her photo ‘#ThenewNewTestament’, which was taken outside a church in Tennessee. She and the nine other finalists were then asked to shoot a series of self-portraits, on which basis the prize judges selected Evans as the overall winner.
For her series, ‘A Childhood in England’, Evans revisited places she’d frequented when young. She said: “I wanted the photographs to be very quiet and still; simple portraits in empty spaces – this being reflective of that place as I recall it existing only in memory, the people that made it what is was having long departed.”
Praising Evans’ work, Sony judge Rob Taggart commented: “These simply lit and composed, uncluttered images tell the story of the subject’s childhood perfectly. Cleverly using clothing and styling of the period in meaningful locations gives the viewer immediate insight into the subject’s school days and juvenile years.”
Competing on behalf of Central Saint Martins, Evans has won €35,000 worth of Sony digital imaging equipment for the College. She was presented with her award at the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in London.
Evans’ self-portraits are on show, alongside the work of the other finalists, at Somerset House in London until 18 May. All the photographs will also be published in the 2014 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.