Bursaries awarded to support environmental photography project
The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and The Photographic Angle (TPA) have announced the recipients of two bursaries to support photographers documenting projects dealing with different aspects of environmental change.
The bursary went to under-25 photographer Ciril Jazbec, a Slovenian national, living in London, who has completed a MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication.
Jazbec’s project focuses on climate change through rising sea levels in small communities around the world. In particular he will be documenting Shishmaref, an island Eskimo community of 600 people in the far northwest of Alaska, which is facing the need to relocate to the mainland within ten years. His images will be supported by audio and video interviews.
The second bursary went to over-25 photographer Mandy Barker, a British national based in Leeds. Barker graduated with a MA Photography from De Montfort University, Leicester, in 2011 and has had a number of well-received exhibitions and publications including her project Soup. She will be using the bursary to look at marine plastic debris, resulting from the Japanese Tsunami, in the North Pacific Ocean.
At the end of the project she will produce a series of prints for exhibition and a presentation based on her work.
Anthony Holland Parkin, Senior Art Director at Getty Images and one of the selectors said, “It was a great pleasure to be able to judge the RPS Environmental Bursary this year. The standard of entry in both categories was exceptionally high, with a good number of proposals striking the right balance between creativity and environmental relevance. There were several excellent projects in contention which led to some passionate debate to find our finalists. I'm excited to see the winning recipients' projects come to fruition.”
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