RCA Photography student wins Sony Student Photographer of the Year 2020
RCA Photography student Ioanna Sakellaraki has been named Student Photographer of the Year 2020 in the Sony World Photography Awards. Ioanna was awarded the prize for her night-time photographs of solar panels, wind turbines and battery farms that are used across the small island of Tilos in Greece, the first Mediterranean island to run almost entirely on renewable energy. The series was Ioanna’s response to the brief, which asked shortlisted students to produce a body of work about environmental sustainability. Ioanna received a Sony camera to make the work and €30,000 worth of Sony digital imaging equipment for the RCA.
Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities, Ken Neil commented: ‘Congratulations to Ioanna for this fantastic achievement. Her photographs highlight an important story about sustainability and share a positive message concerning the way individuals can contribute to change. The equipment from Sony will help our students in creating responses to important issues - and will enable the College to continue supporting talented students like Ioanna develop their skills, aptitudes and ambitions.’
Entrants to the Student competition, which is open to academic institutions worldwide, initially submitted a body of work responding to the topic ‘Invisible Lines’. For this brief Ioanna produced a series inspired by the origins of ancient Greek laments and the traditional communities of the last female professional mourners on the Mani peninsula in Greece.
Ioanna Sakellaraki and the other winning photographers are being celebrated across the World Photography Organisation’s online channels and platforms using dedicated content including videos, presentations and live Q&As. A digital showcase of this year’s winning and finalist projects and images is available via the On Screen page.
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