Weston College student photographer takes top honours in New York

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By YouPR | Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 11:34

A Weston College student photographer has won a prestigious competition and had her work exhibited in New York following a US-based mentoring programme.

Anna Piotrowska is studying a Foundation Degree in Photography in Practice and last year was selected to be part of the Young Photographers' Alliance (YPA) mentoring programme.

The New York-based YPA offers an international mentoring initiative which pairs talented college students and recent graduates with leading photographers from throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Anna is part of the Bristol team of students being mentored, and recently found out that she has won the YPA award for Best Single Image on the theme of 'Escape'.

Anna, 31, is originally from Poland and used childhood memories and a suitcase of photographs as inspiration for her work. Her winning image is a self-portrait in a graveyard.

"I was asked for three photographs and a short essay on the theme of escape," she said, "and so I had the idea of doing something about memories from my past and finding my place in the world.

"The ideas I had are very personal, and not easy for me to explain in writing, and so I couldn't believe that my picture had been chosen as the winning image. It was only when I got the confirmation email that I knew it was true."

Anna's work was picked from more than 70 students being mentored and exhibited in the annual YPA competition in New York. She won a voucher worth *250 that she can spend on a re-touching service for her pictures.

"I've always enjoyed photography," she said, "but I didn't have the equipment or the knowledge. The course at Weston College is amazing and I've learned so much from the tutors and visiting lecturers. My ambition is to become a fashion photographer one day but I want to build up as many skills as I can, so I'm looking for work experience in all areas of photography."

Anna's tutor, Morag MacDonald, said: "I couldn't be more thrilled for Anna; she really deserves the award as she is a dedicated and hardworking photographer just starting out in her career. Watching her dedication to her subject has been a joy, she has the potential to go far.

"The single most rewarding part of my job has to be seeing talent develop in our students as they find their own creative voices and go out into the professional world."

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