BA (Hons) Commercial Photography is pleased to report that Marina Ortega has been announced as the recipient of the 3rd place prize in the Royal Photographic Society’s Hall Marriott Essay Prize.

The prize, awarded to an essay addressing an aspect of photographic history, was awarded to Marina for her investigation into notions of truth in documentary practices as they relate to images dating from the Spanish Civil War to more contemporary works. 

Marina’s success is listed in the May edition of the RPS’s Journal magazine, and she will receive her prize from an RPS representative at the Private View of Sharp Cut, the London Graduate Show.

Marina told us: “The title of the essay is ‘With documentary photography, does the truth matter?’

This question interested me because of the evolution that documentary photography has had over time. The approaches that photographers have used to depict reality, and therefore, the truth, have changed from the traditional documentary practice that involves the alleged straight photography to reinventing common issues, by recreating stories, based on facts, in an unconventional way with the use of narrative and staged photography.

I am very happy to have won this prize and I would advise to all students to enter this competition next year.”