Bar-Tur Awards capture Olympic spirit
Athletes training on a winter’s night, a cyclist flying through the air and a diver waiting nervously for the off are amongst the winning photographs selected for this year’s Olympic-themed Bar-Tur Photography Award. Now in its second year, the Award is dedicated to discovering the most challenging and engaging photographic talent from amongst the University’s students and alumni. The eight winners were announced at a ceremony on Monday 2 July, sharing between them £4,250 of prize money.
The prize will also provide the recipients with potentially life-altering experiences through structured internships at some of the UK’s leading creative organisations including Conde Nast, Vogue, Getty Images, the Financial Times and Magnum Photos.
Central Saint Martins graduate Paul Greenleaf won the Alumni Award for his series This Sporting Life depicting grass-roots sports clubs in Waltham Forest in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics. Greenleaf aimed to capture the relationship between the participants and the diverse local landscape, as well as the dedication needed to train in all weathers and conditions.
Student winner Blaise Chatelain sees heroic sporting endeavour in the exploits of his friends who never cease to amaze and surprise him. In this hair-raising photograph, a man appears to fly above a lake while his bike falls into the water. Blake is currently studying Graphic and Media Design at London College of Communication.
In her Trustees Choice winning image, Camberwell graduate Jennifer Ball has positioned herself as the Olympian waiting on the diving board. She said about the work, “It’s a self-portrait of my feet. Looking down, hiding from the crowd is the one thing the Olympians can’t do; but if I were them it’s what I would want to do”.
Taken from the series Gymnasium, LCF graduate Michiel Meewi’s image camptures the balance and beauty of two wrestlers locked in combat. The series was shot in a listed gymnasium in the Netherlands using natural light and analogue film giving the images a feel of nostalgia.
Awards were also taken home by the following students and alumni:
Student 2nd Prize – Ashima Mehra (London College of Fashion)
Student 3rd Prize – Joachim Fleinert (London College of Communication)
Trustees’ Choice – Pauline Moon (London College of Communication Student)
Trustees’ Choice – Sam Fisher, (London College of Fashion Alumnus)
The Award was founded in 2011 in memory of British artist and Chelsea graduate Ann Lesley Bar-Tur (1947-1984). A selection of work from the 2011 and 2012 Bar-Tur Award will be exhibited at Paradise Row Gallery (www.paradiserow.com) from 21 – 25 August.