Published: 20 May 2011 at 11:41
Anglia Ruskin photography graduate secures a year’s funded studio space
Anglia Ruskin University graduate and Cambridge resident Naomi Peel has won the inaugural Topham Award for photography.
The annual award, which has been set up by Wysing Arts Centre in Bourn, was announced at a drinks reception in Cambridge on Friday evening. The award is funded by local landowner and Wysing patron William Topham, whose son Matthew is a photographer.
Naomi’s prize includes a year’s funded studio space, worth more than £2,000, at Wysing Arts Centre, plus a solo exhibition in conjunction with Anglia Ruskin University towards the end of her residency.
Naomi, 40, said:
The winner was selected by a panel consisting of William and Matthew Topham; Donna Lynas, the Director of Wysing Arts Centre; and Kerstin Hacker, the Pathway Leader for Anglia Ruskin’s BA (Hons) Photography degree course.
Kerstin Hacker said:
Naomi’s delicate photographs caught the eye of the judging panel, who were impressed by both her photomontage technique and the concept behind her work. Her photos reconstruct ideas around the family photo album, using images of places important to her alongside existing family photographs to combine past and present.
Commenting on her work, Naomi said: