North East Scotland College photography graduate Jenny Anderson from Stonehaven has been named runner up in a national photography competition.
Jenny completed her HND in photography at the College’s Aberdeen City Campus in the summer and entered the competition on a whim, thinking she stood no chance of winning.
She said, “Getting the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) College Award 2016 runner up certificate in the post was such an exciting moment – for the first time ever I felt really proud of myself. The standard of work in the competition was so high I was surprised to have been recognised let alone being named runner-up!”
Jenny has been interested in photography since she was quite young. She said, “I received my first SLR camera when I was around the age of 12. Prior to this I had a small point and shoot camera which I hardly ever put down.” Jenny was then fortunate to find some local professional photographers who were willing to mentor her over a number of years. She said, “Louise Kerr and Kyle Hamilton from Hamilton Kerr Studios in Kirriemuir taught me everything from the basics of photography to some of the more complex details.”
After her fourth year at Mackie Academy, Jenny decided to leave school and enrolled in an NC Level 6 photography class at NESCol. She said, “My parents have always been very supportive and encouraged me to follow my passion which helped give me the confidence to leave school. It meant I was able to concentrate on my photography skills full-time which wouldn’t have been possible at school. It was the best decision for me and I’ve never looked back.”
Jenny excelled at college and progressed to HND Photography on completing the NC course. Once again, Jenny’s lecturers were impressed with her skills and she received ‘A’ grades for both graded units. At the end of the course, Jenny and her classmates were given the opportunity to display their work at the College’s End of Year Creative Industries Show. Jenny’s work was highly praised by judges and she was awarded Best Work on the Wall for the photography section.
Now that her time at NESCol is complete, Jenny has decided to take some time out. She said, “In October, I’m going on a gap year of travel and work with my boyfriend to Thailand and then Australia. Having spent so much time in education I want to give myself time to relax, breathe and see different cultures. Of course, this will also help me build a portfolio for when I return. I’m hoping that my time away will help me decide what path to take next. I have a few options and ideas lined up, but right now I want to take my time and explore - after all I’m still young! The photographic opportunities in both countries will be vast, and I’m excited to capture my adventures to share with my friends and family. Saying all this, my love for fine-art photography is strong. I would love to go to Glasgow School of Art to study and practise this field further, but for now my travel plans are coming first.”
NESCol photography lecturer and ambassador for BIPP Karen Catto said, “I’m delighted that Jenny has won runner up in the BIPP College Awards. Jenny has worked very hard over the last three years and it’s been a pleasure to teach her and see her work evolve. The BIPP College Award is a high profile, national award and it allows us to showcase the high standard of work being produced at NESCol generally and by Jenny in particular.”