Stu­dent’s slice of life wins photo prize

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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.

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