IPhone shot wins stu­dent the 2016 Si­mon De­vitt Prize for Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Jodie Sal­mond, a post­grad­u­ate stu­dent of Elam School of Fine Arts, has been awarded the 2016 Si­mon De­vitt Prize for Pho­tog­ra­phy for her se­ries of three im­ages that she cap­tured us­ing an iPhone.

The theme for this year’s award was ‘a chance en­counter’ and Sal­mond in­cluded two haiku po­ems in her se­ries, which she ti­tled When I’m Night Driving. Si­mon De­vitt judged the com­pe­ti­tion and said of Sal­mond’s work that it was “be­guil­ing and ar­rest­ing”. He pre­sented the award to her, and said that “The win­ning work took risks, pair­ing a fa­mil­iar night road-trip scene with a close-up study of an ag­gre­gate sur­face and road mark­ings, which were un­set­tling in their shift of speed and scale”.

Although the an­nual award has run since 2008, when De­vitt es­tab­lished it at the School of Ar­chi­tec­ture and Plan­ning, it was pre­vi­ously only open to ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dents. How­ever, the 2016 com­pe­ti­tion was widened to al­low stu­dents from the Fac­ulty of Cre­ative Arts and In­dus­tries to en­ter. This year’s com­pe­ti­tion saw 70 en­tries sub­mit­ted.

Sal­mond, who is in her fi­nal year of her Mas­ter of Fine Arts de­gree, won $1K, a tro­phy, and a Canon GX7 cam­era for her ef­forts.

Jodie Sal­mond

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