It has been 3 weeks since the winners of the APHE bursary attended Photo meet, it’s been a fantastic experience for everyone connected with this collaboration. We would like to start be saying the students did fantastically, it has been a very busy time for all three as they have also had to submit all their work for the completion of the undergraduate degree. Their success and experience is great to witness, so we have compiled some comments here, and also had the chance to interview each of the winners to reflect on their experience and offer advice for any students who may be preparing to attend portfolio reviews in future. These are available on the APHE YouTube channel, you can access these and other content at #whatsonyourmind or by following this link.
“The most enjoyable part of the experience was seeing and hearing these industry professionals respond subjectively to my work. This was both insightful and fascinating – on a personal and professional level. It was also interesting to see exactly what contemporary photographers ‘look like’, I spent a lot of time ‘people watching’ – curious at how they dress, how they present themselves and the language they use. As a photography student, this in itself was fascinating.”
“I wanted to thank you very much for providing this bursary that enabled me to attend the Photomeet event. Mimi, Frede and the team at Photomeet arranged for me to meet the photography directors for Town and Country, Harpers Bazaar, Wired Magazine, Editor of the Magazine 1000 words, a founding director of Photocaptionist, director of Hoxton Mini Press and independent curators and I shared with them my portfolio and photobook Planted. I received so much positive and constructive feedback on my projects and advice to help me make progress on my future plans, I now feel more secure in the next steps I will take after I graduate”.
First of all, I want to thank all of you for choosing me and giving this opportunity, it was an incredible experience. I cannot thank you enough. It feels amazing to have won the bronze medal, I was so shocked and I am extremely happy. I feel very fortune to be chosen by the Photomeet team amongst the other talented winners, it’s an honour to be exhibited next to their work. This gave me more confidence and it has helped me to define my practice a lot more after the reviews and winning the award. And again, without the APHE Bursary Award none of this would have happened, therefore I am extremely grateful. I am very excited to see what is coming in the future after all of these opportunities.
We are so very pleased that Silvana won the Bronze medal at Offspring Photo Meet! The Gold went to Joel Redman and Silver to Jon Tonks, while our new Photoworks Prize went to Lewis Khan. I can say with great confidence that Silvana is indeed in very good company! We are sure that this great news will stimulate more people to enter next year, and it has also meant a success of our joint scheme!!!
“we are super happy with the collaboration with APHE and feel a great sense of pride in doing your little bit for the next crop of photographers. As some of you will know, making the leap from student to working life a little easier, is something that is very close to my heart – and Mimi’s too”.
“It is our aspiration for this award to provide the students, from our institutional members, with a transformational experience to help break down and demystify the profession in order to guide them into a future successful career”