Winners Announced In Jerwood Photography Awards 2007

By Narelle Doe | 14 November 2007
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A photograph of a girl with auburn hair lying on a bed under a bedsheet.

The winners this year have been credited with being highly distinctive and dynamic. © Dana Popa

The Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Portfolio Magazine have announced the five winners of the Jerwood Photography Awards 2007.

The winners, each receiving awards of £2,500, are: Sophie Gerrard, Edmund Kevill-Davies, Moira Lovell, Kevin Newark, and Dana Popa. Their work is shown in a group exhibition at Jerwood Space, London, open until 9 December 2007.

Portfolio Magazine issue 46, published on 8 November 2007 also features the winning photographers.

A photograph of two ventriloquist dummies with their owners reflected in a mirror.

Edmund Kevill-Davies takes a humorous yet bittersweet look at dying traditions in the entertainment industry. © Edmund Kevill-Davies

Over 4,000 photographs were submitted by 540 entrants, all recent graduates from UK visual art courses and resident in the UK.

Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photographs at the Victoria & Albert Museum (Chair of the Selection Panel), presented the Awards at Jerwood Space on November 8.

He said: “Current issues were high on the agenda across all submissions, and the winners reflect this trend. It is clear photographers are probing and commenting boldly upon some of the most prevalent and emotive topics of our time.”

The topics show the photographers’ social and personal engagement with the world, tackling challenging and sophisticated themes.

A photograph of a blue plastic bag floating in black water.

Kevin Newark's photographs find transcendent possibilites in something as common as everyday rubbish. © Kevin Newark

Sophie Gerrard’s entry, E-wasteland, addresses the growing problems of electronic waste in India. Shot in workshops and recycling yards on the outskirts of Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Delhi, her photographs expose this illegal industry.

Dana Popa explores human trafficking for prostitution in Europe and the devastating effect on the young girls and women caught up in it. The title of her work, Not Natasha, refers to the nickname given to sex trafficked girls.

The After School Club series by Moira Lovell shows young women taken from school-themed nightclubs and returns them, in costume, to their old school gates. The series looks at how context and setting of a subject changes perception and meaning.

A picture of a young woman dressed in a school girl outfit and standing outside her old school.

Awards are made to five artists whose submitted photographs are considered to demonstrate originality and excellence. © Moira Lovell

Kevin Newark’s Protoplasm illustrates current concerns about waste and its knock-on effects by photographing plastic bags in the canals of East London.

Edmund Kevill-Davies takes a humorous look at the relationship between ventriloquists and their puppets. Puppet Love highlights this diminishing trade and the dedication of these last entertainers.

Roanne Dods, Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, said: “There was a notable shift in the rigour, imagination and maturity of the work this year, despite the ages of the photographers represented. The exhibition is inspiring, moving and meaningful.”

The Jerwood Photography Awards were established in 2003 and aims to support talented artists in the early stages of professional life.

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