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Photography A level student wins international Visual Arts prize

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Anne-Mills-winnerAnnie Mills, 17, who is studying Photography, Design Technology and Business Studies A levels at Long Road, has won first prize in an international competition set by the prestigious Norwich University of the Arts. Three other Long Road students who entered the competition also have their work featured on the NUA website.

The international competition, to celebrate the 170th anniversary of Norwich University of the Arts, asked students to use their creativity to explore the past and /or future. Students could use whichever media they wanted including photography, painting, collage, sculpture, film, print, textiles, digital, fashion and animation.

Annie’s photograph is of her sister in front of a wall in Plymouth – but includes a photo of both girls’ mother. Annie says:

“The picture I am holding in front of the camera is of my mother in Plymouth 1979. She was 18. My sister, 18, now attends University in the same area and frequently returns to the same spot. I decided to use my own hand in the picture as I want to be involved in this travel through time, using creativity and technology to look and learn from the past and present.”

The finalist judge, James Smith, BA (Hons) Photography Course Team Leader at NUA, said: “I would particularly like to applaud our winner Annie Mills. This piece was selected as its idea stands out, telling a very personal story with nostalgic overtones, whilst perfectly responding to the brief.”

DSC_2959Annie was awarded her prize, an iPad, by Thomas Rollett, Schools and Outreach Officer at NUA. The prize also provides an opportunity to have her portfolio reviewed by current artists, practitioners and academics. Thomas said: 

“Annie’s work stood out from entries we received from as far away as Hong Kong because of the work’s personal story. Our thanks and congratulations go to (Long Road) for encouraging students to send such strong submissions.”

The other three Long Road Visual Arts students whose entries are featured on the NUA website are Daisy Flory-Bunting, Caroline Mitchell and Anna Davies.

To see Annie’s photograph in more detail, and the work of the three other Long Road students, go to: NUA competition


Main photo from left to right: Anna Davies, Annie Mills, Thomas Rollett and Caroline Mitchell (not in the photo – Daisy Flory-Bunting)
Annie’s award-winning photograph
Annie (right) with Photography teacher Mary Weinberger