London College of Communication (LCC) is proud to announce that 11 photography alumni are winners of two prestigious photography awards: the international Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographers programme and the IdeasTap Photographic Award in association with photography agency, Magnum Photos.

‘Borders of Russia’ by Maria Gruzdeva

MA Photography alumna Maria Gruzdeva is celebrating a double success after her work, The Borders of Russia, received recognition in both competitions.

Gruzdeva and ten graduates from across LCC’s photography programme – covering BA (Hons) Photography, MA Photography and MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography – join Flash Forward’s exclusive list of 120 emerging photographers in the US, UK and Canada and will see their work showcased in a book published by Magenta, available from October 2012.

Selected work will feature in the Fast Forward touring exhibition in November 2012, starting at the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre in Toronto before moving to the Photofusion gallery in London.  Based in Canada, the annual competition is recognised as a critically important vanguard for introducing young photography talent to a global audience.

‘Borders of Russia’ by Maria Gruzdeva

The IdeasTap creative network have awarded Gruzdeva, a recent MA Photography graduate, £5000 and a paid internship at Magnum Photos for her set of images exploring the Russian border and the community of the Border Guard service tasked with its defence. Her photography, produced while studying at LCC, impressed a panel of judges including Magnum photographer Mark Power.

Congratulations to all of our winners across all comeititions who are as follows:

Magenta Flash Forward – Emerging Photographers 2012

Selected winners:
Maxwell Anderson (BA Photography), Lydia Goldblatt, Maria Gruzdeva, Luca Spano, (MA Photography), Adam Patterson, Michal Solarski, Kurt Tong and Jon Tonks (MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography).

‘In the Dead of the Night’ by Kurt Tong

Honourable mentions:
William Eckersley (BA Photography), Shiho Kito (MA Photography) and Jordi Ruiz-Cirera  (MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography).

IdeasTap Photographic Award age 16 – 22 category
Maria Gruzdeva (MA Photography)