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Students celebrate prestigious photography wins Batley School of Art wins BIPP Awards

Tuesday 23rd of April 2013

Photography students at the Batley School of Art swept the board at this year's British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP) Yorkshire Region Annual Awards scooping eight merits.

Six BA (Honours) Photography students were awarded merits in the Student Photographer of the Year award category. Leslie Forrester, Anna Bridson, Christine Eastwood, Sam Johnson and Keith St Ange each won a merit and Lance Isherwood was credited with three merits.

David Black was also celebrating after being awarded a merit in the professional Advertising Photographer of the Year category. David was awarded an Associateship by the BIPP last year, an honour usually reserved for professional photographers. Photography degree graduate Michael Dean also achieved a merit in the Illustrative Photographer of the Year category.

The competition attracted over 60 entries from students and an appreciative audience of over 40 professional photographers at The Owl, Hambleton, North Yorkshire on Wednesday 17 April to hear judges Karl Bratby, FBIPP of Nottingham and David Taylor, FBIPP of Derbyshire critique all entries and see the winners' trophies and merit certificates awarded.

Katrina Whitehead is the award leader for photography. She said: “It is a great achievement to have received more merits compared to last year. The photography standard was extremely high and David Black achieved a merit in the professional category this year.”

Award winner Leslie Forrester, 62 from Wakefield said, “I was pleased that one of my prints won a merit award. Seeing my winning image displayed among all the professional winners was extremely satisfying.”

All winning images will be on display in the photography department at the Create, Batley School of Art’s end of year show in June. A selection can also be viewed at Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax from Saturday 27 April, private view 12pm.


Batley School of Art wins BIPP Awards