Photography students sweep board at BIPP Scotland


Photography students from New College Lanarkshire have swept the board at a recent prestigious industry event in Glasgow.

Five students from the HN Photography courses at the College’s Motherwell Campus swept the board at the recent British Institute of Professional Photography Student Awards 2016 held in Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel.

Seven prizes in total were won across three of the four categories with 23-year-old HNC student Ashleigh Hillcock, from Carluke, sweeping a Gold, Bronze and Merit award.

Her recognition was in the Portraiture/Social Photography category, winning the only Gold in the category for her image “Platinum”, Bronze for “Galaxia” and Merit for “Winking Churchill”.

Multi-award winning Ashleigh Hillcock

She said: “As this was my first time attending the BIPP Awards and my first time entering a competition of this standard, I was shocked to be shortlisted never mind to win three awards!”

In the same category fellow classmates Lee McAdam, 40, from Coatbridge, won Silver for “Daddy’s Girl” and Ainslie Wright, 19, from Wishaw received a merit for her piece, “Sheriff”.

In the Photojournalism category, HND student Patricia Isakova, 23, from Glasgow, originally from Riga, Latvia received a Merit for her work, “Sound of Glasgow Streets”, while in the Open Category, HNC student Paul Gray, 32, from Coatbridge, received a Merit for “Kinlochleven Sunrise”.

Curriculum and Quality Leader of Photography, Lewis Napier, said: “We are so proud of what the students have achieved at the prestigious awards.

“The students are competing with hundreds of other students, many at degree-level so to have five students recognised, with four of them at HNC level is a fantastic accolade and bodes well for the future of photography at New College Lanarkshire.”

The BIPP is the major qualifying organisation for professional photographers around the world. The Student Awards celebrate the best of fresh talent from across the country’s best student photographers.

The College’s success is the sixth year students have won a Gold award in the competition, competing with HNC, HND and Degree-level students from all over Scotland.

Alan McEwen, judge for BIPP, said: “It was difficult to tell the difference between the student and the professional images!”

Some of the winning images will be on display at the New College Lanarkshire Creative Showcase on Thursday 26th May at the Motherwell Campus. The event is free to all and starts at 6pm. Those with an interest in pursuing a career in photography are welcome to attend and find out more about the course and its award-winning results.

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