To accompany this year's submissions Source has asked a number of respected figures from the world of photography to select their favourite sets of images from all the work submitted.
Special Guest Selection by:
Picture Editor, British Vogue
University of the West of England - BA (Hons) Photography
Selector's Comment: I liked Teresa's story on CND because it's about a subject that is rather looked down on in fashionable circles and is seen on the fringes of modern political debate. But for those who grew up with CND it's still a cause worth fighting for - and of course with Jeremy Corbyn's stance is becoming relevant again. Tessa's story moved me because I like her linking of images of the modern CND demonstration with the sense of cause, history and place that the portraits and landscapes give to the story. Shot in an unforced naturalistic style there is a very British feel to the story which I hope she develops further.
Leeds College of Art - BA (Hons) Photography
Selector's Comment: Ben's story is influenced by modern fashion magazine photography very clearly - ID, Dazed, GQ Style etc. I like the sense of structured deliberation of each image, the sense of fabric and modernity, textures, movement and place. Importantly technically he is consistent and even though the models are gender identifiable there is also an element of neutral androgyny to his work that could provide potential for further development.
Blackpool and the Fylde - BA (Hons) Photography
Selector's Comment: I thought these digitally conceived landscapes interesting and technically well worked and quite beautiful - possibly veering towards a sci-fi romanticism - but also maybe having a certain prophetic sense of where our the planet is heading sooner than we may think. The mixture of astronomical and space imagery with very definable earth landscapes to come up with a believable set of images is a an achievement. It's easy to sneer at sci-fi influences but, whether it's 'The Martian' or 'Star Wars', looking beyond our atmosphere is valid and will always inspire new ideas about our own world.
Edinburgh College - BA Professional Photography
Selector's Comment: What I like about these images is their wit, and composition and the fact that they are not attempting to be cool. They come from a more traditional compositional place with strong deliberate lighting, definite costumes, props and sense of place. Jess mixes outdoor Scottish locations with studio shots that are equally engaging. Staged images are hard to do well but her attention to detail, use of suggested narrative and directorial focus makes them work.
University of Brighton - BA (Hons) Photography
Selector's Comment: I find Jessica's images eerie, beautiful, mysterious, quite film noir - all the elements of a pyscho drama, playing with scale and how our identification of objects at night becomes an act of imagination and uncertainty. The dolls house has a sense of terror to it in its very mundanity and that plays into that change of reality and atmosphere that unlit spaces have at night, what we all feel when the known becomes unknown. Jessica has managed to go some way towards capturing that feeling very well and in each image details reveal themselves rather in the way the eye sees in the dark as the iris opens.
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Picture Editor - Greenpeace.
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Curator, Scottish National Portrait Gallery.