Juno won the Series Award for ‘Joyce’, a collection of performative self-portraits that reflect on “modern rituals of seduction and the laboured construction of femininity.”
Juno explains “the series I submitted that won the British Journal of Photography International Photography Award included work I’d made straight after I graduated, and then images made in the three years since then. It’s been a long-term project that all began when I was a student at LCC.”
Juno was chosen from over 1,500 entrants by a judging panel including The Guardian’s photography critic Sean O’Hagan, Self Publish, Be Happy founder Bruno Ceschel, TJ Boulting’s Hannah Watson and BJP’s Executive Editor Diane Smyth.
Juno’s photographs were shot on location in a variety of honeymoon hotels in Pennsylvania. She explains to BJP “I began staging these photographs three years ago, using my grandma’s bedroom as the set, or a room found on Airbnb.”
“The idea always starts with the location – finding somewhere with a time-warp feel. This year I went to stay alone at a couples honeymoon resort in the US to continue the project. So it begins with an appreciation.”
“I graduated from LCC’s BA (Hons) Photography course in 2012. I loved it there – I liked the competition. Everyone had such high standards – in turn that really pushed me to make my best work.”