As part of LCC Postgraduate Show Two, MA Photography held their 2015 prize giving ceremony prior to the Private View on Tuesday 17 November. The evening celebrated the hard work and achievements of the course’s graduating students, and the diversity of the work on show this year.
This is the 17th final 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, MACK, Photofusion, Troika Editions, Metro Imaging and Silverprint, all honouring different aspects of photographic practice.
The Sproxton Award for Photography
This prize is judged each year by a panel consisting of an industry professional and MA Photography graduate; this year Shoair Mavlian of Tate Modern and 2013 alumna Sayako Sugawara. The winner receives £1000 to help kickstart their photography career. The prize was set up by David Sproxton from Aardman Animations in memory of his brother Andrew Sproxton, who together with Val Williams of PARC founded the Impressions Gallery in York in 1972.
Winner: Alex Grace
Runner up: Lalu Delbracio Musso
The Photofusion Prize
Photofusion, a Brixton-based independent photography resource centre and gallery, offers studio and darkroom hire, digital printing, film processing, training and professional support. The prize awarded by Photofusion is a £200 voucher which can be redeemed against any of these services, including mentoring and portfolio advice, scanning, film processing, courses and rental of facilities, and is judged by Kim Shaw and Paul Ellis (Photofusion) and Christiane Monarchi (Photomonitor).
Winner: Lalu Delbracio Musso
Troika Photography Award
Troika Editions supports the MA course with the Troika Photography Award, a 12-month mentoring programme. The judges are the gallery’s co-founders Bridget Coaker and Michael Walter. The winner is supported for 12 months through discussion, curatorial advice and critical reviews of their post-university projects, to the value of £1500.
Winner: Emilia Moisio
The Photoworks Prize
The winner of this prize, judged by Mariama Attah, is featured in a Showcase interview on the Photoworks website, 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.
Winner: Alexandra Uhart
Runners up: Giulia Astesani and Emilia Moisio (to be featured on Showcase)
The MACK Award
Publisher MACK offers the winner a prize of a £200 voucher for the purchase of MACK books, judged by director Michael Mack, and the opportunity to take part in a three-month internship at its London office.
Winner: Giulia Astesani
Commendations: Ines Da Rocha Alves, Daniel Barter, Martina Ferrera, Roberta Mongardi, Silvia Gentili, Megan Helyer (to receive two books each)
The Silverprint Prize
Silverprint offer a prize of £150 in vouchers to spend on photographic supplies to assist graduates in continuing their work. Silverprint is a photographic supplier stocking traditional, digital and alternative photographic materials, and the prize is judged by Alice Rosenbaum and Samuel Taylor.
Winner: Giulia Astesani
The Metro Imaging Mentorship
Metro Imaging supply a 12-month intensive one-to-one mentorship experience, judged this year by Steve Macleod, Director of Metro Imaging, and 2009 alumna Marcia Michael. The mentorship is tailor-made to the winner’s needs, but might concentrate on practical and technical input; conceptual and contextual discussion around the graduate’s practice; networking and connections to industry; or industry reviews and meetings. Also included is £1000 credit with Metro to be spend on both the mentee’s practice and connecting him or her with a community of fellow mentees.
Winners: Richard Nicholson & Roshana Rubin-Mayhew