Stellenbosch Academy scores another finalist in the Sony World Photography Awards!


Great news! Rochelle de Abreu, one of our photography students, has been shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus programme. The image above, Rochelle's Contemporary Portrait of Born Free South Africans, beat entries from over 400 educational institutions from across the globe and she is now shortlisted with just 10 other people. As part of her being shortlisted, she will be flown to London and stand a chance to win €30,000 of Sony photography equipment! On top of this she will also have the opportunity to be featured in the British Journal of Photography.

Rochelle had the following to say about her achievement: I am incredibly humbled by this and the idea that people are interested in my work. It motivates me to pursue my ideas and to keep using my photography as a way of giving a voice to the voiceless.

Once she has arrived in London, she will be tasked to shoot a new series of images with one of Sony's new cameras, the α7 ILCE-7K, along with the other finalists. This will then decide who wins the final prize. Images from all 10 finalists will be shown at Somerset House in London from 22 April to 8 May.

Speaking about her work, our very own Mark Antonello (her lecturer) said the following: We are ecstatic and exceptionally proud of receiving a nomination for one of our students to be selected for the Student Focus shortlist 2016! Our photography department has now had three consecutive nominations from 2014, 2015 and now in 2016! This prestigious contest is the jewel in the crown and one we aspire to every year. Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography strives to develop and expose our photography students to the highest calibre of talent and expertise in the industry and we believe that the Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus Awards represents this for our students. We are very proud to represent the young emerging talent from Stellenbosch, South Africa and be a part of this industry leading global contest.

We are so proud of Rochelle's work and all the hard work our students across all our departments put in week in and week out - it is so gratifying to see it pay off like this.

We'll be holding thumbs!