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Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! PRESS RELEASE: Students from Escuela Argentina de Fotografía, in Argentina, win Student Competition at the Sony World Photography Awards 2010

Victoria Ines Dobaño and Rodrigo Terren Toro from Escuela Argentina de Fotografía, Argentina, are today, 27 July, announced as the winners of the Student Focus Competition for the Sony World Photography Awards 2010.

From the 120 institutions initially selected to compete, 12 students were shortlisted from six institutions across six continents to take part in the final stage of the competition. The students’ challenge was to produce a series of six photographs that explored the notion of ‘Power’. The 12 students were given two weeks to complete the exercise within their local community. The 12 winning students and the overall winning university received a combined prize of €45,000 worth of digital SLR photographic equipment, courtesy of Sony.

Victoria Ines Dobaño and Rodrigo Terren Toro’s winning images, entitled Villa Epecuen, depict the overwhelming power of water. Villa Epecuen in Argentina was a town which for many years drew tourists who believed that its saltwater lake had healing properties. It was a sacred place for the native people of Argentina.

In 1985 Villa Epecuen was completely flooded when the lake overflowed its embankments, covering over half the town. The aftermath of the disaster reveals the powerful and devastating effects of water.

The six winning images of Villa Epecuen by Victoria Ines Dobaño and Rodrigo Terren Toro are available on the World Photography Awards website.

Student Focus 2010 judge, Sue Steward, commented:

"The choice of Power as the theme for this year’s Student Focus ignited an exceptional standard and variety of work. Maybe it’s the abstract quality of the word which prompted interestingly different responses from the six universities. The winning Argentine series followed-up the story of a tragic flood 25 years ago, a description of the power of nature. The photographers found beauty in the stark, abandoned and destroyed landscape, the chaos of fallen bricks and concrete, dark leafless trees, and partially demolished buildings - the crucial reminders of lives once lived there. The choice was difficult but ultimately this series possessed the greatest maturity and depth of them all.”

On winning this award the students tutor at Escuela Argentina de Fotografia, Ines Yujnovsky, commented:

“Teaching photography means transmitting the passion of this fascinating art and technique and we believe students should search their own vision. Student Focus encouraged students to think about their own approaches to themes like ‘War and Peace’, ‘Power’ and ‘Everyday life’ in a city like Cannes. Having the opportunity to go to the Festival was incredible. We enjoyed talks, exhibitions, portfolio reviews and met interesting people who are dedicated to photography. For us being the “University of the Year” and to win the prize will improve our possibilities to continue expanding the passion of photography to young students.”

The students’ images were judged by an esteemed panel of arts professionals: Adrian Evans – Director of Panos pictures agency, Adrian Boot – Music photographer and co-founder of www.urbanimage.tv, Jonathon Torgovnik – widely exhibited documentary photographer and co-founder of NGO, Foundation Rwanda, Idris Khan – artist and Sue Steward – photography critic, writer, radio broadcaster, photo-editor and journalist.

Ania Wadsworth, Student Focus Manager at the World Photography Awards, commented:

“We have been delighted with the quality of work submitted into the 2010 Student Focus competition. The students interpreted the brief with such intelligence and professionalism and the judges were impressed by the originality of thought and true breadth of imagery.

Student Focus continues to expand with events around the world, our partnership with the Young Tate Online and yet another internationally renowned jury; 2011 promises to be a vibrant year.”

Yoshiyuki Nogami, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Europe, commented:

“We are honoured to be able to support these talented young individuals and have been impressed by the exceptionally high standard of images they have produced during this competition.”

The 2011 Student Focus competition has now been launched. The 2011 judges of the competition are: Eder Chiodetto, independent curator, photographer and photography critic and professor, based in São Paulo, Brazil; Simon Norfolk, prolific landscape photographer, UK; Deborah Willis, artist and photographer, based in New York, USA; Roger Tooth, head of photography for The Guardian newspaper, UK; and Shizuka Yokomizo, Japanese born, London based photographer who is best known for her portrait series Strangers.

More information about Student Focus 2011 can be found at http://www.worldphoto.org/student-focus/

The six shortlisted 2010 Student Focus institutions were:

  • Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India

  • Griffith University, Queensland, Australia, Oceania

  • Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland

  • SAIT Polytechnic, North America, Alberta, Canada

  • Escuela Argentina de Fotografía, Argentina, South America

The Student Focus competition was due to take place in Cannes in April but was postponed due to the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland. The 12 shortlisted students carried out the assignment in their local areas

The equipment received by the winning institution includes: 4 x A850 cameras, 4 x SAL-2875SAM lens, 1 x SAL-135F18Z lens, 1 x SAL-100M28 lens , 1 x SAL-85F14Z lens, 1 x SAL-70-200G lens, 1 x SAL-35F14G lens, 1 x SAL-1635Z lens, 2 x HVL-F58AM flash, and the 12 students participating in the competition received:1 x A850 camera, 1 x A550 camera, 1 x 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM lens, 1 x SAL-50F14 lens

Created by the World Photography Organisation, the World Photography Awards (WPA), sponsored by Sony, launched in 2007. The World Photography Organisation (WPO) supports professional, amateur and student photography, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends in Photojournalism, Fine Art and Commercial photography. Delivering various initiatives and programmes across this global community under the “World Photography” brand, these programmes involve the photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the many industry sectors, whilst also creating cultural activities for the public to participate in. Also currently included within the World Photography portfolio are the World Photography Student Focus Competition; the World Photography Awards Global Tour, the World Photography Festival, the World Photography Focus Programme and the recently launched World Photography Collection

About Sony:
Sony is a leading global innovator of audio, video, communications and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. Sony is renowned for its audio-visual products, such as the BRAVIA™ LCD high-definition television, Cyber-shot™ digital camera, Handycam® camcorder, “α” (pronounced Alpha) digital SLR camera, and Walkman® MP3 player as well as its VAIO™ personal computers and high-definition (HD) professional broadcast equipment, highlighted by the XDCAM® HD. Offering a complete end-to-end HD value chain and with its electronics, music, pictures, game and online businesses, Sony is one of the world’s leading digital entertainment brands, employing approximately 170,000 people worldwide.

Through its long-term football partnerships as an official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League until 2012, Official FIFA Partner until 2014 and global sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™ in 2010 and 2014, Sony is inspiring a sense of excitement for the millions of football fans around the world.

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(First posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 14:04 EDT)

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