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24 Apr 2018

Ravensbourne sessional lecturer, Alys Tomlinson, named Photographer of the Year at the Sony World Photography Awards

Ravensbourne Sessional Lecturer for Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Alys Tomlinson, has won the $25,000 top prize at the Sony World Photography Awards.

Now in its 12th year, The Sony World Photography Awards takes place annually, run in collaboration with the World Photography Organisation (WPO). This year the awards featured works by over 600 artists, culminating in an exhibition at London’s Somerset House. Following this, the exhibition is toured around some of the world’s leading art galleries, including Willy Brandt Haus in Berlin and Galerie GADCOLLECTION in Paris.

The award was given to Alys in recognition of her 'Ex Voto' project, a deeply personal series of black and white photographs taken at pilgrimage sites including Lourdes in France, Ballyvourney in Ireland and Grabarka in Poland. Outside of her role at Ravensbourne, Alys works as a commercial photographer for clients from a range of different industries.

Commenting on receiving the award, Alys said: “To be only the second British photographer to win after Vanessa Winship (of whom I am a big fan) is a huge honour. It's been a lot of fun, with interviews, TV and radio appearances. A highlight has been meeting the other winning photographers, including late-night gin and tonics with the legendary Candida Höfer!

“The award means a huge amount to me. It's wonderful to be recognised for what I do, for what I am so committed and passionate about. Having worked on the 'Ex-Voto' series for five years, winning this Award has opened up and emphasised the centrality of pilgrimage to us all.”

Read more about Alys’ work and the Sony World Photography Awards over at the WPO website.

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