Pho­tog­ra­pher wins award

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Whi­tireia stu­dent Yvonne Tun­ni­cliffe has won the 2014 Mana Zonta supreme de­sign award.

The award is given an­nu­ally to a fe­male stu­dent from Whi­tireia Vis­ual Arts and De­sign on com­ple­tion of her de­gree, and is val­ued at $3000.

Tun­ni­cliffe, who ma­jored in vis­ual arts pho­tog­ra­phy, is based in Kapiti.

She plans to work in Aus­tralia and lo­cally next year with in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als.

Her busi­ness, Eve Pho­tog­ra­phy, of­fers por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy with a point of dif­fer­ence.

Im­agery with at­mos­phere and an ab­stract na­ture is fused to build a por­trait. Tun­ni­cliffe in­te­grates other artis­tic el­e­ments of her pho­to­graphic work with por­trait im­ages to blend the real and sur­real.

That is an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of her work as a pho­tog­ra­pher and artist.

One of the judges, Bar­bara Thomp­son from Mana Zonta, said the fi­nal­ists were par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive this year.

‘‘ There were a lot of well- de­signed works pre­sented,’’ she said.

The award, es­tab­lished in 2012, was about em­pow­er­ing women to suc­ceed, said Deb Don­nelly, co-pro­gramme leader, vis­ual arts and de­sign at Whi­tireia.

‘‘This year we had four strong fi­nal­ists across a range of arts dis­ci­plines,’’ Don­nelly said. ‘‘All have de­signed their ca­reer plans with a com­mer­cial eye and a tar­get mar­ket fo­cus.’’

The other award fi­nal­ists were Pa­pakowhai’s Krissy Wadek, who spe­cialises in graphic de­sign, Otaki’s Lau­reen Jones, who spe­cialises in hand­cut sculp­tural art­works, and Hutt Val­ley’s San­dra Sch­mid, con­tem­po­rary jew­ellery.

The stu­dents’ work is be­ing ex­hib­ited at Toast, the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of grad­u­ate works from Whi­tireia bach­e­lor of ap­plied arts stu­dents.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is at the Bot­tle Creek Gallery, Pataka Mu­seum, and runs un­til De­cem­ber 14.

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