TAFE NSW Orange students, Lauren Parker and Kate Barclay, have proven themselves as two of the world’s most talented photographers, producing some outstanding results at the prestigious 11th Julia Margaret Cameron Photography Award for women photographers.
Ms Parker took home nine finalist placings and two honourable mentions, while Ms Barclay received five finalist awards and two honourable mentions- remarkable results considering more than 5,700 entries were received from more than 60 different countries.
“To have my work selected for the second successive year is a huge honour and I am so thrilled that two of the works selected as honourable mentions were two of the most challenging assignments I completed in a Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging course at TAFE NSW,” Ms Barclay said.
“My work will be part of the 5th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography in Barcelona later this year and I have also entered some of my photographs into the upcoming Bowness Photography Prize at the Monash Gallery of Art in Victoria.
“Seeing my work on the wall of an overseas gallery is beyond anything I had hoped for and I am really proud to have achieved this.”
Ms Parker, who also studied a Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging at TAFE NSW this year, said this was the first time she had entered the competition and was shocked with her success.
“All of the photos I submitted were taken during my studies at TAFE NSW and it was great to see some awards come through- I usually enter and don’t get anything,” she said.
“I love capturing the mood in a photo, things that look quiet often give off a sense of calm and joy.”
TAFE NSW Creative and Design Ideation Teacher, Jude Morrell was ecstatic with the achievements of her students.
“Lauren and Kate are extraordinarily talented and certainly deserve to be recognised in this respected international photography competition,” she said.
“They each have a unique and personal way of expressing themselves through their chosen and much-loved medium of photography and it is so impressive to see them prove themselves on this world stage.
“Both students have plans to develop their photography businesses and the awards received and the skills developed will give them confidence to continue to push the boundaries both creatively and technically in a career they love.”