Two Middlesex University photographers have been awarded prizes in the photography section of the influential design D&AD Student Awards 2013.
BA photography final year students William Lakin and Michelle Amosu scooped the national awards in Spitalfields, in the City of London. William won overall winner of the photography section and received the top 'Yellow Pencil’ award in photography, with Michelle being awarded won the ‘Best of year’ accolade.
The prestigious D&AD awards promote excellence in design and advertising, and represent the global creative, design and advertising communities. For the photography award, which was in collaboration with the style magazine ‘Dazed & Confused’, the two students submitted work which fit the brief to ‘create a portrait of contemporary youth’.
William submitted a piece from his final year collection taken in Great Yarmouth of three young men he randomly came across on his shoot. Michelle’s winning photo is of her younger sister Esther in front of her parents’ house in Walthamstow, east London. The two images were selected by a high profile panel of judges from the photography industry.
Middlesex student Michelle Amosu said: “It’s amazing to be recognised by such a respected design organisation. I’m only graduating next week, so I’m really happy to know that my work is considered to be industry standard.”
The awards ran alongside the D&AD New Blood exhibition that showcases the best of design graduates work, which the Middlesex students were taking part in. William and Michelle will see their winning photographs exhibited at the Neu Gallery on Redchurch Street, east London from 12-15 July 2013.
William Lakin said: “My style is a mixture of documentary and art, and my subject models were happy to be photographed. I was shocked to hear my name called out in front of 700 people at the packed award ceremony, but I’m honoured to win such an important design award.”
Top photo: William Lakin in front of his winning photo
Bottom photo: Michelle Amosu’s winning photo of her sister Esther