Student’s slice of life wins photo prize
A BIRMINGHAM student has scooped a prize in a prestigious national photography competition for an image which captures her vision of life in 2018.
Kings Norton Girls’ School student Libby Styles’ photograph – The Modern Family – which shows a father who appears to be too engrossed in his phone to notice his son pointing at something, won first prize in the category of ‘Age of Innovation’ in the Economic and Social Research Council’s ‘The Bigger Picture’ competition.
Libby collected her £100 prize at an awards ceremony held at the Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London.
The photographic competition is the fourth to be run by the ESRC and this year’s event tasked young people to explore how social science is relevant to their lives – with a picture encapsulating how the world is changing.
Libby said of her image: “Does it represent the negative side of the rise in social media and our addiction to our phones? While technology can be a positive thing, can it also change the dynamics of the modern family?”
In addition to being displayed at the Espacio Gallery, Libby’s winning images will also appear in the ESRC’s Society Now magazine.