As part of LCC Postgraduate Shows 2016, MA Photography announced its prizewinners prior to the Media School Private View at 47/49 Tanner Street on Wednesday 30 November.
This is the 18th Postgraduate Show for MA Photography at LCC, and the course team was very happy to again host the Sproxton Award for Photography as well as prizes by Photoworks, Metro Imaging, MACK, Troika, Photofusion, Photomonitor and Parallax, all honouring different aspects of photographic practice.
Since 2003, the prize has been given each year to one student in the MA Photography final show, as judged by a panel consisting of an industry professional and MA Photography alumni. The winners receive £1000 to help kickstart their photography careers. The prize was set up by David Sproxton from Aardman Animations in memory of his brother Andrew Sproxton, who together with Val Williams founded the Impressions Gallery in York in 1972. Judged by Anne McNeill (Impressions Gallery) and Magali Avezou (2013 alumna).
Winner: Stephen Rusk
Commendation: Ana Escobar
The winner of the prize will be featured on the Showcase on the Photoworks website with an interview, and receives free Photoworks Membership for a year. Photoworks curates, commissions and publishes photographic work and new writing about photography and produces projects, exhibitions, books, the Brighton Photo Biennial and Photoworks Annual. Judged by Mariama Attah.
Winner: Julian Benjamin
Commendation & additional showcases: Raquel Carro and Davide Meneghello
Publisher MACK is pleased to announce the MACK Award, established in 2013, which offers the winning LCC MA Photography candidate a credit for £300 worth of MACK titles, and the option to do an internship or some mentoring with the MACK team in London. Judged by Michael Mack, director of MACK.
Winner: Anne Clements
A 12-month intensive one-to-one mentorship experience. The mentorship is tailor-made depending on the needs of the selected graduate, i.e. concentrating on practical and technical input; conceptual and contextual discussion around the practice (a sounding board for future projects); networking and connections to industry; industry professional reviews and meetings. Metro will support the decision making processes and advise on maximising opportunities. Includes a £1000 credit with Metro to be spend on the mentee’s practice as well as connecting him or her with fellow mentees to build a community of supported artists. Judged by Kate O’Neill, Robbie Symonette and Alessandra Rinaudo (2014 alumna).
Winner: Davide Meneghello
Commendation: Philip R. Martin
The Photofusion Prize
Located in Brixton, Photofusion is an independent photography resource centre and gallery that offers studio and darkroom hire, digital printing, film processing, training and professional support. It also delivers a wide range of community outreach and participatory projects. The prize consists of a voucher worth £200 redeemable against any of Photofusion’s services, including mentoring and portfolio advice, scanning, film processing, courses and use of rental facilities. Judged by Kim Shaw and Paul Ellis (Photofusion).
Winner: Davide Meneghello
Photomonitor is the online magazine devoted to photography and lens-based media in the UK and Ireland. Over the past five years, more than 200 artists and writers have contributed over 800 features on current and historical photographic practice, and attract thousands of weekly online readers from around the world to learn about the most important exhibitions, books, essays, and interviews from the UK and Ireland that remain free to read, share and inspire. Founding editor Christiane Monarchi will commend one graduating lens-based artist with a special online feature about their work in an upcoming issue of Photomonitor.
Winner: Berkin Mika
Troika is delighted to support the LCC MA graduate programme with the Troika Photography Award, a 12-month mentoring programme. Judges – and co-founders of the contemporary photography gallery – Bridget Coaker and Michael Walter will select a winner from the MA degree show. The successful graduate will be supported for 12 months through discussion and advice in their post-university projects, including curatorial advice and critical reviews.
Winners: Jacqui Taylor & Brenda Vega
Parallax Photographic Coop will offer a prize of £100 in vouchers to spend on supplies to assist graduates in continuing their work. Parallax Photographic are a worker-run cooperative based in Brixton selling photography supplies. Judged by Alice Rosenbaum and Samuel Taylor.
Winner: Ana Escobar
The exhibition, featuring MA Photography and MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, runs until Tuesday 6 December at 47/49 Tanner Street, London SE1 3PL.