Guardian shortlist for student photographer

James Marsh, from Sedgley, is one of five students shortlisted in the Photographer of the Year category.

The 21-year-old, who graduated with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Photography from the School of Art & Design in September, will find out if he has won at a ceremony in London on 23 November 2011.

He submitted three images demonstrating his specialism of sports photography. The images were all linked by the notion of the defining moment within a sporting movement. The images submitted covered the sports of downhill cycling, canoe slalom and tennis.

James, who is now working between a Photography Studio in Birmingham and a Sports Photo Agency in Leicester, said: “It is a massive honour to be shortlisted for such an award. I have experimented with numerous different styles and subjects of Photography since my college course five years ago, but sports and sports photography has always been a passion of mine.

“To be able to combine my two passions to develop a career is something that I have always aspired to and to be able to top it off with a shortlisted nomination from a Sports Submission makes it all feel worthwhile.”

Senior Lecturer in Photography, Dr Peter Day, said: “This is an outstanding achievement and profiles the success and quality of the Photography BA programme on both the national and international stage.

“To be recognised for the Student Photographer of the Year by the Guardian by a judging panel that reflects the best in the industry and from over 648 entries from universities across the UK, is a top achievement in itself. It places the BA Photography course profile up there with the top art and design and journalism courses in the UK university sector.”

The panel of judges included Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger and campaigner Heather Brooke who came together to select the shortlist for the best student journalism in the UK.

James’ work can be viewed at

View the Guardian Student Media Awards 2011 shortlist.


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