Nina Hove, a BA (Hons) Photography student has beaten off tough competition from across the globe to be placed 3rd in the shots 2011 Young Photographers Competition with her series of portraits entitled ‘In Zero Degrees’.

The portraits investigate the social interaction between photographer and subject, asking where the boundary is between object and the lens. The series of photographs track the Bournemouth Spartans Swimming Club, who meet every Sunday morning in winter to swim in the cold sea. Nina’s intention was to produce as truthful and objective photographs as possible, to show the reality rather than a fiction.

shots showcases cutting-edge creativity in global advertising. Launched in 1990, it is the world’s leading commercials title, providing ideas and inspiration for creatives internationally as well as being the foremost source of information for the industry. This is the fifth annual shots Photography Competition, with the theme for 2011 being ‘First Impressions’. Nina commented “I spent some great Sundays with the Bournemouth Spartans and even went swimming with them a couple of times with my camera, to get a feel for how cold it is. I hope this competition can now be a step forward to my future career as a photographer.”

Steve Hare from shots commented “Nina Hove was one of our 60 finalists last year, when she was studying in Oslo. A further year at Bournemouth, one of the new British universities that regularly provides us with excellent entrants, has obviously helped refine her technique and approach. ‘In Zero Degrees’ is another series of intimate portraits of people whom it would have been easy to ridicule. Instead, the approach is touching and unbelievably warm, given the prevailing temperature.” More of Nina’s photographs can be seen at www.ninahove.com

In addition to Nina’s win, fellow BA (Hons) Photography student Paul Gorman won Gold in the LPA (London Photographic Association) Landscape Series over the summer. His set of images, all taken at sunset or sunrise with film, are “…about how we interact with the surroundings and how we direct our vision to objects within the landscape.” Paul was inspired by Picasso’s attempts to show the flatness of the canvas by using lots of different viewpoints on the same images. “I thought it would be great to circle the tree or ponds and take a picture at various points around it,” he says. “The backdrop builds up, creating a weird and wonderful world, almost like a dream scene that baffles and challenges the viewer. The more you look, the more you notice.”