Focused students capture impressive awards tally at Scottish MPAs

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Photography students from New College Lanarkshire have captured an incredible awards tally from the Master Photographers Association (MPA) Scottish Region Awards 2019.

The focused team of HNC and HND students from the Motherwell Campus received 14 Awards of Excellence – and Fabrizio Fella was named Student Photographer of the Year.

The 21 finalists from the College who were invited to attend the ceremony at the Grange Manor Hotel in Grangemouth also picked up 47 merits for their photographs.

Established in 1952, the MPA is one of Britain’s longest-running associations for professional photographers. This is only the second year that the Scottish Region Awards has featured a category for students attending colleges or universities in Scotland.

In addition to winning the Student category for his photograph Floral Princess, and an Award of Excellence for his image Peaky Blinders: The boiler room, Fabrizio Fella also took home eight merit certificates for his work.

The 40-year-old, who lives in Uddingston, combines his HND Photography studies with working full-time night-shifts in a printers.

He said: “Being named MPA Student of the Year came as a shock to me as there were many great entries in this open category.

“I think the judges recognised the hard work and effort that went into the shoots.

“The work I put forward was varied; I tried to show a range of different areas such as photojournalism, fashion, landscapes and portraits, which I think stood out.

“When I capture images, I try to be as creative and unique as possible. I feel that trying to develop a unique style is important, not only in photography but in any creative discipline.”

Lewis Napier, Curriculum and Quality Leader, said: “What we are trying to achieve is a centre of excellence for photography in the central belt and this remarkable awards tally has only added to our reputation.

“It’s incredible that our students were able to submit work of such a high standard – the judges actually commented that there wasn’t a great deal of difference between the professionals and the students.

“All of our students are showing a great pride in being part of New College Lanarkshire and you can really see it in their work and when they attend prestigious events such as this one.”

Gordon Russell, Membership Secretary for the Scottish MPA, said: “When I joined the board last year, we decided that we wanted to get more students involved, because they are the future of our industry.

“The team at New College Lanarkshire was very enthusiastic about getting involved and the quality of work was very good. When we opened the students’ prints, the judges were very impressed.

“Fabrizio’s work in particular was absolutely fantastic and having this accolade will stand him in good stead for his future.”

To find out more about the range of Photography study options at New College Lanarkshire, please visit www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/photography or call 0300 555 8080.

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