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Danny Wilson Memorial Award 2012


In 2012 the winner of the Danny Wilson Memorial Award was Joan Alexander. Joan exhibited her work "Shadow Dial Studies" as part of Blindfield Collective at the Fringe Focus, and also in the windows of Velo Vitality as part of A to Z.

Joan describes her work as having stemmed "...from an engagement with moving light and cast shadows, as quiet markers of time their movement implies a rightful passing through space. It is based on experiments in shadow catching and light tracing to interrupt, imprint and record layers of time. These experiments attempt to solidify passing light and lift shadows in various ways, to chart and duplicate their ethereality, to futilely preserve an ever receding tide line."

Of winning the award Joan said: "I feel honoured to have won the Danny Wilson Memorial Award. It's really encouraging to know that my work has got such a positive response from a panel of expert judges. The prize will really support the development of my new work and allow me to continue in my practice. I'd like to say how much I enjoyed this year's BPF and thank you for supporting me."

This year's judges were Lisa Barnard (photographer and winner of the inaugural DWMA 2008), Rebecca Drew (visual arts consultant, editor and producer and a Trustee of Brighton Photo Fringe), Josh Lustig (Assignments Editor at Panos Pictures) and Anne Williams (Course Director MA Photography at LCC).

Of the panel's selection, Rebecca Drew said: "Joan Alexander was selected for the originality and experimental nature of her work and its delicate and thoughtful installation. Joan was part of two group shows, both of which made a significant contribution to the Bighton Photo Fringe programme."

Past Winners

The Danny Wilson Memorial Award was established to commemorate the life and work of the late Director of Brighton Photo Fringe, Danny Wilson. Danny passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in April 2008 after helping to establish festival Fringe as one of the largest and most successful photography events of its kind in the UK.

Judged by a panel of experts, a prize fund of £1000 is presented to the best emerging or early career photographer exhibiting as part of the biennial Brighton Photo Fringe festival.

Previous judges have included, Nick Broomfield, John Gill, Lisa Barnard, and Adam Broomberg.


The inaugural Danny Wilson Memorial Award was initiated by Danny's father and the Brighton Photo Fringe shortly after Danny's death in 2008. The criteria for the award were chosen to reflect Danny's professional life and therefore the winner is the best emerging or early career photographer exhibiting as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe. The prize consists of a specially designed glass trophy and a cheque for £1,000. The sum of money is intended to make a significant difference to the development of the individual artist's practice.

In 2008 the award was presented to Lisa Barnard for her exhibition Virtual Iraq that was located in an industrial unit in Lewes.

In 2010 the winner of the award was Stephen King for his exhibition Lewis's Fifth Floor: A Department Story exhibited at the Fringe Focus space in the old Co-op Building on London Road. Every photographer exhibiting as part of Brighton Photo Fringe 2012 has the opportunity to submit their work for consideration.

The Danny Wilson Memorial Award is supported by Fabrica, Photoworks, London College of Communication and Brighton Photo Fringe.