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24 May 2018

Photography students’ double delight at reaching finals of prestigious competition

Not one, but two photography students from Wiltshire College have made it through to the finals of a prestigious competition showcasing emerging talent.

Stuart Bridewell and Zoe Parker are both thrilled to have been shortlisted in the AOP Student Awards 2018 with stunning images captured for their portfolios on the BA Hons Photography course, based at the Salisbury campus.

Patrick Denis, Programme Leader of the degree course validated by Bournemouth University, said: “This is the third year running that a student’s work has reached the final of the Association of Photographers awards.

“What is really delightful this year is that we have not one, but two finalists and the whole department is absolutely thrilled!”

Zoe Parker said she couldn’t believe her eerie image of a rocking horse taken at Lacock Abbey was selected.

Zoe, 24, who grew up in Brighton but moved to Salisbury especially to study the Photography course and lives in the Halls of Residence, said: “As part of the course we had gone to Lacock to look at the photographs exhibition and I hoped to take a few shots there.

“When I saw the rocking horse, it just looked so spooky so I took a photograph and I was really happy with it.

“I am only in the first year of the degree so never expected to hear anything after I submitted it to the competition so was really shocked to find out I had been shortlisted.

“It’s a great feeling.”

Stuart, from Potterne, is a third year student and took his stunning image entitled Decaying Dakota earlier this year during a trip to Iceland.

The 54-year-old said: “I couldn’t believe it when I found out I was a finalist as I was really pleased with this photograph.

“I tried not to be influenced by the thousands of images already take of Iceland, but hoped to capture the varied and changing weather, which I believe I did.

“The conditions were perfect and I am really pleased with the final shot.”

Both Zoe and Stuart’s photographs are in the ‘thing’ category and will find out if they have won at the Student Awards show in London on Wednesday 27th June.

Their work will also be on display at Wex Photo Video in Whitechapel this summer.

Wiltshire College is hosting a university level open event at the Salisbury campus on Saturday 30th June from 10am until midday for anyone interested in Photography, Film Production and Cinematography, Computer Games Animation or the Foundation pre degree in Art and Design.