Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Congratulations to Edith Cowan University (ECU) Photomedia graduate, Claire Martin and PhD student, Talhy Stotzer who recently won a Magnum Photos Workshop Scholarship for their work submitted in FotoFreo 2010: The City of Fremantle Festival of Photography.
Forty-five applicants applied for the scholarship with Claire and Talhy managing to secure two of the three scholarships on offer.
Both Claire and Talhy submitted pieces which encompassed their personal interests in the social and economic issues facing the world.
Claire’s winning piece outlined the poverty and addiction in Vancouvers Downtown Eastside,
whilst Talhy’s looked at life in Kashgar, a Xinjiang province in China, during the recent period of rapid change and population uprooting.
After graduating from a Bachelor of Communications and Photomedia in 2004, Claire has successfully made her mark in the photographic world and has since been selected as an “Emerging Talent” for Reportage by Getty Images. She was also asked to represent Australia's Emerging Female Photojournalist by the Board at FotoFreo, and currently has a solo exhibition at the FotoFreo 2010 festival.
Talhy is currently completing a postgraduate degree in documentary photography at ECU and has been accepted to take part in an international photojournalism Master’s Program in China.
Both Talhy and Claire agree that the ECU Photomedia course taught them the key elements to be a successful photographer.
“The broad scope of the ECU Photomedia course forced me to master many different styles with which I continue to draw on in my work today,” said Claire.
“It was inspiring to be at a University that caters to creative industries and to have access to all the latest technical equipment and quality professional guidance.”
As part of the scholarship, Claire and Talhy have been offered places on the Magnum Workshops Fremantle, which documents local interest stories about Fremantle and the surrounding area. The workshop will culminate in a projection of participant work at the Fremantle Arts Centre as part of the festival opening night celebration on 19 March, and the production of a group photographic book.
For further information on a Degree in Photomedia visit www.reachyourpotential.com.au
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