The Association of Photographers’ Student Awards have been announced with Jordi Ruiz Cirera from London College of Communications named as the 2012 Student Photographer of the Year
Ruiz Cirera’s series of portraits of members of the Mennonite communities in Eastern Bolivia won him the top prize. The Mennonites emigrated to Bolivia in the 50s hoping to be able to preserve their traditional lifestyle away from the trappings of the 20th century. “This series of portraits intends to showcase the relations and the family roles within the Mennonite community, as well as their deep isolation from contemporary society,” says Ruiz Cirera.
Ruiz Cirera originally hails from Barcelona but graduated from the MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at LCC last year. He spent a year working on the Mennonite project, a second series from which (one shown below) won him a Merit at the AOP Student Awards.
The other Merit this year went to Beomsik Won from the Slade for the Archisculpture photomontage series (two shown below).
The Judges’ Choice section, where each judge chooses an image or series they particularly liked, featured another isolated rural community in Norwegian photographer Christiane Ylven Vibe‘s Transhumance Seterfjell project (chosen by Harry Hardie).
While Slovenian Ciril Jazbec documented life on Kiribati, a chain of South Pacific islands threatened by climate change (chosen by MIchael Regnier)
Perry Curties’ choice was this shot by Fiona Osborne of the BA(Hons) Photography course at Bournemouth
Julia Fullerton-Batten chose this landscape series by Melissa Tullett who is on the BA (Hons) Photography course at Falmouth. The series is called Homeland – each image is comprised of several shots “disorientating the viewer to establish a sense of disconnection”.
And finally Nick Meek chose this shot by Sally Rose McCormack, an Editorial & Advertising Photography student at The University of Gloucestershire
To see all the selected work, go to the AOP website here, or visit the exhibition at the Hoxton Gallery, The Basement, Corner of Drysdale Street and Hoxton Street, London N1 until May 19.
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