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Industry judges BA Photography as best in country

Free Range Photography Week awards BA photography and student Katharina Halser with top awards

Katherina with her artMiddlesex BA Photography won both Free Range 2016 Photography week awards, for best university and exhibition, at the Old Truman Brewery on Friday 10 June.

The exhibition, now in its 16th year, showcases the breadth of work being produced by the UK’s top young creatives – both to the public and to the creative industries on the lookout to find the best in up-and-coming talent.

Out of 19 other UK university photography courses, Middlesex’s BA Photography was awarded best in the country by a panel of five industry judges.

Success continued to flow through the evening when photography student Katharina Halser also won the Individual Student Photographer Award for her exhibition and portfolio.

“I feel really blessed that I have been around such wonderful people who’ve taught and supported me this much,” explains Katharina.

“I'll just keep working hard and see where it goes!”

Katharina’s prizes include a solo exhibition at the Old Truman Brewary - East London’s creative hub - and profiles in leading arts magazines Aesthetica Magazine and the British Journal of Photography (BJP).

Former Free Range exhibitors have gone on to photograph the likes of Damien Hirst, the Olympic ceremony and work for the world’s leading arts magazines.

“Katharina's work is exceptionally powerful. She has documented the medical procedures she has to regularly endure in a way that is both moving and shocking,” says joint Programme Leader for BA Photography, Michael Bradley.

“She has been an exceptionally able student and it has been a privilege to work with her.'

'Katharina's work is a testimony to the hard work and dedication from everyone connected to the course,” adds joint Programme Leader for BA Photography, Philippe Pleasants.

“Both the students and teaching staff are very fortunate to be supported by the best technical team in the country.'

With finalists in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and winners in competitions run by the Daniel Blau Gallery in recent years, last month’s success builds on an already long established history of industry recognition for Middlesex photography students and graduates.

More recently, two final year BA Photography students, Erika Krapavickaite and Edvard Kristiansen, were each given a 1 to Watch: New Blood Best in Show award earlier this month at the D&AD New Blood Exhibition.

Long may the success continue!

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