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Press Release - 29 November 2005

Swindon woman wins photography competition

A photograph taken by Swindon woman Adelina Abad has won the best portrait award in the student photography competition organised by the University of Bath's Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts.

Her photograph, which shows two young boys she met whilst on a trekking holiday in Nepal, was one of 300 entries submitted by students from the University’s campuses in Swindon and Bath.

Adelina, who moved to Swindon from Seville in Spain five years ago, started a ten week course on portrait photography at the University’s Oakfield Campus in April 2005.

She enjoyed it so much that when it finished she signed up for the second part of the portrait course in the Autumn.

“I have always had an interest in photography but wanted to take it further, so decided to sign up for the evening course to help improve my skills,” said Adelina, who works for RWE Trading.

“One of my other interests is trekking and my camera always travels with me. Before the beginning of the course I asked the tutor what themes we will be covering, so I could start building my portfolio while in Nepal. It was thinking on one of the themes that I took the winning picture.

“I had an amazing time trekking around the Annapurna region of Nepal. I particularly enjoyed taking portraits of the Nepali people and the opportunities this gave me for relating to them in a different way.

“Children were special fun, they loved been photographed and, above all, looking at the result after, as I showed them their picture on the screen of my digital camera.

“I was particularly pleased with the portrait photograph of the two boys, as this one do not only show pretty faces, but also convey a sense of the contrasts of their life as well as their surroundings, with amazing mountains on the back.

“When the opportunity came to present some of my work for the student photography competition, I decided to enter this one in.

"I was very pleased to win the competition. It’s the first time I have presented my pictures in this way, and it’s great to have your work recognised through a formal jury. It has also given me the confidence to do more photography in the future.”

Boo Beaumont, Adelina’s photography tutor at the University, said: “It is fantastic that Adelina has won this competition and it is really well deserved.

“It’s a great picture; Adelina has isolated what she was looking at and created a very arresting image that has a lot of vibrancy about it.”

Local people will be able to see Adelina’s winning photograph, together with other examples of work produced by students on art and design courses at the University of Bath in Swindon, at an end-of-term exhibition taking place at the University’s Oakfield campus on Friday (2 December 2005, 7.00-8.30 pm).

To find out more about the part-time courses at the University of Bath in Swindon, register for a Spring 2006 prospectus by calling: 01793 328801.

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Adelina's winning photograph
Adelina's winning photograph



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