Middlesex's new state of the art photography studios have been given a further boost following the award of thousands of pounds of new camera equipment, thanks to Sony's international student photographer of the year, Middlesex student Asef Ali Mohammad.
The 35,000 euros worth of equipment, including Sony Alpha cameras, lenses, flashes and SD cards, was presented to the University on Thursday 1 November by Sony and the World Photography Organisation, as a result of Asef's competition win. The presentation also included a masterclass by top photographer and competition judge Jonathan Worth who shared his secrets of success with the students.
The masterclass was attended by Middlesex students keen to emulate Asef's success in the competition, which is part of the world's largest and most high profile student photography programme incorporating over 220 universities with more than 20,000 students from all six continents taking part.
Asef's winning images saw him travel to Kabul to photograph young artists in the Afghan capital to offer a different view to the war torn images usually associated with the country. The photographs helped the Middlesex student scoop first place in the prestigious awards after beating off competition from finalists in countries including Russia, China and Argentina.
Asef Ali Mohammad from Friern Barnet who is now studying a masters in photography at Middlesex said: "The photography department's move to the new art and design facilities in the Grove saw us benefit from really impressive equipment, but the new haul of equipment from Sony will provide students with further flexibility and increase the availability of equipment for students to help us become the next generation of leading photographers."
Ania Wadsworth, Student Focus Manager at the World Photography Organisation (WPO), comments "WPO is committed to supporting emerging photographers and photography education. The Student Focus programme has established itself as the largest, annual student photography award with over 200 international universities taking part. We are delighted to have discovered such great talent in student photographer, Asef Ali Mohammad, who was educated in Pakistan before moving to the UK in 2002 where he now studies at Middlesex University."
Photo: From left: award winner Asef Ali Mohammad with second year photography students Patricia Hague and Johannah Churchill