MA Commercial Photography student Jon Mackenzie has won the College Award from the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP).
A former AUB BA (Hons) Commercial Photography graduate, Jon took home the award which recognises the best portfolio submitted from one of the UK’s 30 BIPP-affiliated colleges.
His submission featured rugby players, bare knuckle boxers and wrestlers, and he said his work centred on trying to understand gender stereotypes.
Speaking about his win and the part AUB played in it, Jon said: “I’m honoured to have been chosen to represent the course in a very prestigious award.
“The MA has provided many challenges over the last two years and it feels incredible for this to have been acknowledged by the BIPP.
“My course leader, Professor Paul Wenham-Clarke (FBIPP), and mentors have all provided very constructive feedback and helped the development of my aesthetic and theory behind my work throughout my studies.
“I’ve been fortunate to have had some great mentors on my course. Jane Hilton has been a big influence and support of new work shot in the US and assisting Julia Fullerton-Batten made a noticeable impact to my aesthetic.”
Paying tribute to Jon’s win, MA Commercial Photography course leader, Professor Paul Wenham-Clarke, said: “It’s an old line but we make our own breaks in this world and we have to go out there and kick doors open.
“No one is going to come to you, not until you’re famous and that has to be earnt. It’s great to see Jon winning this award because it’s no fluke, he has consistently produced great shots and is a really hard worker who is earning his place in the industry.
“Jon’s work demonstrates what a wonderful career photography can offer, if you have the right attitude.”
Speaking about his future, Jon said he was ready to freelance as a commercial photographer at an advanced level adding his dream commission would be one where he could “travel somewhere new and meet and photograph some really interesting people”.
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