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Norfolk pupil wins national photography competition – as fellow student also a prize winner

A young Norfolk student, who took an image to explore a lack of diversity in the media, has been announced as the winner of a prestigious national photographic competition.

 

Cameron Lawrence Cameron Lawrence 2 Maddy Turner

Keen photographer, Maddy Turner was crowned the overall winner of the Economic and Social Research Council’s 2018 photographic competition, ‘The Bigger Picture’, for her image ‘Diversity in the media’.

Fellow Reepham High School and College student, Cameron Lawrence also won first prize in the competition ‘New world order’ category.

Both pupils received their prizes last night at a special awards ceremony held at the Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London. Their photographs will be displayed at the Espacio Gallery in a special exhibition, which will run until 25 March.

The photographic competition is the fourth to be run by the ESRC. This year’s competition tasked young people, aged 14 to 18, from across the UK to explore how social science is relevant to their lives – with a picture encapsulating how the world is changing and how it affects them, their families, friends and communities as a whole.

The photos were required to show the 'bigger picture' of society today; looking at how the world is changing, be that through the rise of populist leaders, or through the impact of technology. Students were asked to consider how things like politics, education, climate change, healthcare, technology, migration and poverty affect them and others.

More than 550 images were sent in by students from 75 schools, across 118 places in the UK. They shared a vast range of inspiring and thought-provoking images, taken not only with their cameras, but smartphones and tablets.

She said: “The image highlights the lack of racial diversity in the media. I searched through every fashion magazine I could find and didn't come across a single portrait of someone with darker skin. Norfolk is one of the least diverse places in the country making people with any kind of difference stand out and face discrimination. This photograph shows how this can make people more self-conscious about their skin colour.”

Explaining the significance of his photographs, ‘Looking Beyond The Present’ and ‘Prospects’, Cameron says “coming from a rural area I have experienced the increasing pressures on our farming industry. With the uncertainty of Brexit and Globalisation, where do our farmers and natural resources lie?”

Alasdair Hadden, Head of Art at Reepham High School and College says; "The Art Department at Reepham High School and College are very proud of our students’ achievements. We believe in encouraging our students to explore themselves and their world through the use of visual literacy.  The "Bigger Picture" competition is an ideal platform to showcase their work, and we are fully supportive of the work of the Economic and Social Research Council and the opportunity this competition provides.”

In total the ESRC awarded prizes divided into five diverse categories: ‘New world order’; ‘Age of innovation’; ‘Fragile Earth’; ‘Being me’; and ‘Society in chaos’. In addition, the judges were asked to pick their personal favourite.

The quality of this year’s entries was “outstanding” according to the judges, who include Jacky Clake, Head of Communications for ESRC; Ollie Smallwood, a portrait and documentary photographer; Sophie Batterbury, Head of Pictures at The Independent; Phil Coomes, BBC picture editor and photographer;  Karin Woodley, ESRC Council member and Chief Executive of Cambridge House; and Joanne Gallagher, a psychology student at the University of York who won the competition in 2016.

Professor Jennifer Rubin, Chief Executive and Executive Chair Designate of the ESRC, says:

“Social science encompasses how people behave, understand, impact upon and are influenced by the world around them. So to illustrate how social change affects them and those around them within a photograph is a real challenge, and I am extremely impressed with how this has been successfully captured by so many young people with their brilliant images. I congratulate all of our winners, who have demonstrated not only exceptional artistic talent, but also thoughtfulness, deep insight, and an understanding of the relevance of social science to their lives.”

In addition to being displayed at the Espacio Gallery, the winning images will also appear in the ESRC's Society Now magazine.

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