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Danny Wilson Memorial Award 2014

Professionals' Choice: ALEXANDRA LETHBRIDGE

(image: Blue Rock by Alexandra Lethbridge)

Alexandra Lethbridge exhibited at One Eyed Jacks gallery as part of the group show Mythopoesis. The work she showed was from her 2014 project The Meteorite Hunter, an archive of a search for meteorites and the places they come from.

'The work is based on the impulse to search for the 'other' within the everyday. Using the notion of the Meteorite as a metaphor for the fantastical hidden within the everyday, the body of work is a document of a hunt to locate the ethereal and sublime in the mundane and banal.' Alexandra Lethbridge

'From the outset I could see that Alexandra's practice and presentation of work was innovative and challenges photographic preconceptions of the landscape and its interpretation. She has great potential and I very much look forward to seeing where she next takes her practice'. Steve Macleod, Metro Imaging

Selected by:
• Mariama Attah (Programme Curator, Photoworks)
• Fariba Farshad (Director, Candlestar)
• Steve Macleod (Director, Metro Imaging)
• Aaron Schuman (Photographer and Senior Lecturer University of Brighton) and
• Anne Williams (Programme Director for Photography, LCC)

Prize:
£500 cash prize
£500 print credit and mentoring at Metro Imaging
Photoworks online showcase
Mentoring sessions with BPF Board members
Artist's page on BPF website
Artist's talk event during BPF16
Free 1/2 page advert in BPF16 festival brochure
Free submission to OPEN15

Trainee Curators' Choice: AMELIA SHEPHERD

(Image: from 288 Days by Amelia Shepherd)

Amelia Shepherd exhibited her project 288 Days as part of a two-piece show Common Place on the fourth floor at Vantage Point.

'288 Days looks to confront and negotiate a public gaze and its impact on my own expectations and responses from being pregnant. The installation collates quotes, photo-documents and my own reflections throughout my nine months aiming to subvert stereotypes with a humorous honesty to expose my own pregnancy experience.' Amelia Shepherd

Selected by our three trainee curators:
Clare Bennett, Edwin Coomasaru and Ali Farmer.

Prize:
Portfolio review with Trainee Curators
Portfolio review with BPF Board member
Photoworks online showcase
Artist's page on BPF website
Free 1/2 page advert in BPF16 festival brochure
Free submission to OPEN15

People's Choice: MONICA ALCAZAR-DUARTE

(Image: installed works by Monica Alcazar-Duarte)

Monica Alcazar Duarte created an installation of images from her project Your photographs could be used by drug dealers on the 7th floor of Vantage Point.

'I documented life in two neighbouring towns on the Pacific coast of Mexico. The plan was to test the charged image of Mexico offered by the media and popular culture....The principles behind the project stem from my interest in exploring notions of meaning and interpretation in flux. My aim is to show images in a format where a fixed understanding is discouraged.' Monica Alcazar-Duarte

Selected by online votes from visitors to BPF14.

Prize:
Portfolio review with BPF Board member
Artist's page on BPF website
Free 1/2 page advert in BPF16 festival brochure
Free submission to OPEN15