British photographer Scarlett Evans was announced this evening as the winner of the Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus Award, triumphing over students from more than 230 universities worldwide. Evans competed for the title on behalf of her university - Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, UK - and she and the university were revealed as the winner at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony in London. Scarlett and Central Saint Martins were presented with the award and will receive €35,000 worth of Sony digital imaging equipment for the university’s photography department at the ceremony, which was attended by the elite of the photography industry.
The ten finalist students were asked to shoot a series of photographs on a brief entitled “Self-portraits”. Talking about Evans’ winning series, “A Childhood in England”, Judge Rob Taggart comments: “This set fits the brief exactly to produce a coherent set of self-portraits that reveals a story about the subject. These simply lit and composed, uncluttered images tell the story of the subject's childhood perfectly. By cleverly using clothing and styling of the period in meaningful locations gives the viewer immediate insight to the subjects school days and juvenile years.”
Evans’ winning images will be exhibited, alongside the work of the other Student Focus finalists, as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London, from 1 -18 May. All student images will also be published in the 2014 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.