College photography students gaining industry recognition

Six photography students from City of Glasgow College have been selected to showcase their work in prestigious countrywide exhibitions.

BA photography student, Miriam Ali, and fellow honours’ graduates Nicola Stead and Simona Ciocarlan will feature in this year’s Portrait of Britain which is the UK’s largest annual photography exhibition.

A highly respected competition, it is open to all levels of photographer with just 200 shortlisted from over 13,000 entries each year.

Two of Nicola’s images made the shortlist to appear in the national exhibition and book, while both Miriam and Simona reached the final 100 winners. Their photographs will be displayed on advertising screens across the UK, as well as in the Portrait of Britain book which will be published on 1 October.

Nicola’s work will also be represented at this year’s Futureproof exhibition, together with BA (Hons) graduates’ Rebecca Raw, Rachel Andrew and Alison Ashwell.

Futureproof is Glasgow’s Street Level Photoworks’ annual showcase of new talent in photographic image making, selected from across Scotland’s photography and fine art degree courses. Taking place online, it is running from 5 September to 19 October.

Aileen Campbell, Associate Dean for Art at City of Glasgow College, said:

“These are outstanding achievements both for students and the college. Being selected for such renowned exhibitions will undoubtedly boost their careers and confidence, putting their work in the public spotlight and making their names known within the industry.” 

Nicola, who is also shortlisted for this year’s Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase, said:

“I am delighted to receive such industry recognition for my photography work, alongside some of my amazing fellow graduates and current students. Our success is testament to the fantastic teaching and support at City of Glasgow College’s photography department.”

John Carberry, Curriculum Head for Photography at City of Glasgow College, added:

“It is both humbling and a source of great pride to see students and graduates of our college achieve such recognition within the industry they have trained hard for. To have their work acknowledged by professionals and experts at this level is testament to their talent and commitment. We look forward to seeing their work on display in these exhibitions, and wish them every success for their future.”