Photographers Impress in Embrace Themed Awards


Every year, our BA Hons Photography & Visual Cultures students hold a photography competition, open to entries both in an international ‘open call’ and to entries from Weston College students. This year’s theme for photos to follow was around ‘Embrace’. This photography award is produced and organised with support from Royal Photographic Society. The awards were presented alongside the Dirigo International Student Film Festival at the Cube Microplex.  

Our student winner for this year was the very talented Lucy Kenchington, who is currently studying UAL Level 3 Photography course. You can see her impressive work below. 

The runners up for the students category are below: 

Runner up – Tanya Fairall

Runner up – Viktorija Chvirago


We caught up with Lucy to get her reaction to her impressive win. Lucy said: “I was a little surprised when I discovered I had won the Embrace competition, especially when I found out how many other photographers had entered.  

“It was a very nice shock. I hope to have a career in photography one day and this feels like a positive first step. Not only did I gain some valuable work experience during the actual shoot, but I am also lucky enough that my photo has been published and displayed in galleries in Bristol and Weston which is great for publicity.”  


The award was also open to an international open call for submissions. The winner in this category was Farid Barari from Tehran, Iran for the incredible piece; Shoemaker!  

The runners up for the open category are as follows:  

Runner up – Amir Farhoud, Modernity Against Modernism, London, UK  

Runner up – Elaine Cristina Melo, The Miracle of innocence, Sao Paulo, Brazil 

Commended – Tony Jordan, Stroud, UK