Photographer wins award
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.