Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year 2016 has been awarded to Gemma Astbury, who added scratches to her nostalgia-infused image for added authenticity.
Gemma used Fujifilm Velvia 100 transparency film to shoot her winning photo, called ‘Happisburgh Fences’.
The Norwich University student said she cross-processed the film to create a ‘dreamlike haze with the rocks standing like a wall between the audience and the sea’.
The theme of this year’s contest was ‘Shoot from the Hip’. Gemma’s entry had won the February round of the contest, which required entrants to submit images taken on Fujifilm Professional film.
Steve Macleod, director of competition sponsor Metroprint, said of the winning shot: ‘At first glance, the image feels ephemeral, disposable and transient. However, when studying in more detail it evokes feelings of past times, memories and loss.
‘It’s hard to judge images such as these as they can be viewed as fleeting glances that can be discarded so easily – at the same time they can recall deep abstract feelings, which can impact and remain in the memory.’
Fujifilm’s product manager for PhotoImaging, Gabriel Da Costa, added: ‘Each year we delight in seeing such photographic creativity from students across the UK.
‘Gemma is a worthy winner of this year’s Awards and we wish her every success in her photographic career.’
Gemma’s prizes included £200 worth of Fujifilm and a professional-quality portfolio courtesy of Metroprint.
Leicester College submitted the most entries, earning its photography department £500 worth of Fujifilm.
To view all the winning images, visit www.fujifilmstudentawards.co.uk.