Edinburgh College takes record haul at national student photography awards

Edinburgh College Photography students have captured the imagination of the judges at the country’s top competition for young photographers, winning an impressive 23 awards at the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) National Scotland Student Awards.

Twenty-eight-year-old BA Photography student Emanuele Centi was named Student Photographer of the Year for 2019 for his collection of fashion images.

There were also gold awards for Natalia Krezel, John Buchanan and Callum Ollason in the Social & Portraiture, Photojournalism and Advertising categories. Gavin Smart triumphed in the Committee award category.

Emanuele Centi said: “It feels really good and totally unexpected to be honest. I have been working hard like many of my course mates, and there were a lot of great images competing, so I definitely feel lucky and privileged to win.

“I know it’s a cliché, but one of the first thoughts I had is that it’s such a great a honour and also a really good starting point. Now I will have to build on this and work even harder.

“My plan for next year is to continue through the BA course. My long-term goal is to be able to have the opportunity to shoot editorial portraiture and fashion for magazines.

“I would like to thank all the lecturers I’ve had over the past two and half years at Edinburgh College, as well as my classmates who are very creative people who I’m glad to have worked alongside.

Lecturer Jon Lee said: “Congratulations to all our students. This is a record number of students from Edinburgh College who have won at the BIPP Awards and we are delighted.

“Last year we won eighteen awards so it’s a great testament to the hard work and talent of our staff and students that we managed to increase the total this year.”

Click here to see the full list of award winners.