In a world of personalities, it’s refreshing when the photographs really do speak for themselves and are judged solely on their own merit. One of the strengths of the AOP Student awards is that all entries are anonymous, and no reference is made to the institution where the entrant has studied.
There were a surprisingly large number of series that would have made it through to the second round had the edit been tighter; one or two weak images ruined many series’ across all categories. The images that made the final cut stood up to discussions about technical skills, maturity of approach, consistency, originality, collaboration and vision.
As judges, each with a subjective point of view, when it came to making the final decisions, it was tough; specific aspects of the work where debated, pros and cons assessed, as well as the work’s overall success.
The winners were announced at a busy evening event at the gallery in east London. I attended with fellow judge Alyson Jones and, although there were five of us on the judging panel, the other three judges were unable to come along as they had work commitments. I will be offering mentoring to Squiz, in my own time, for six months on a monthly basis.
The Merit awards and Judges Choices will be featured in a later post as soon as I have some images to post.
Continue over to see more from the evening and from Squiz’ series…