Photography students to shoot cover of Professional Photo Magazine

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HND Photography Student, Kalem
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HND Photography Student, Weronika

Two Gloucestershire College photography students have won a national competition to shoot the cover of Professional Photo Magazine, the UK’s number one title for professional photographers.

18-year-old Weronika Dybkowska and 19-year-old Kalem Duffus-McKenzie, both from Gloucester and studying HND Photography, entered the competition at shootLDN 2015, an annual event organised by Swedish camera company Hasselblad aimed at top end professional photographers, which comprises a range of interactive and hands-on activities.

For the third year running photographers and students were offered an opportunity to use a Hasselblad camera to shoot pictures of a professional model at the event, to be in the running to win the chance to shoot the magazine’s front cover for real at a later date.

Organisers said Weronika and Kalem were chosen as the winners “not only for their images but also their enthusiasm and how they interacted with the model.”

Both Weronkia and Kalem will be shooting a front cover in the New Year, as well as get an editorial feature in the publication.

Lecturer, Paul Bond, said:  “I’m very impressed with both students’ progress and the knowledge they have acquired both taught and self-developed. Kalem and Weronika were very impressive during the competition with their communication and visual language skills.

Kalem said: “The skills I have learnt on the HND Photography course have provided me with the knowledge to be able to work to an industry standard pace, in terms of shoot time lengths and camera craft within shoots.  

“I have also learnt to be persistent with my experimentation and to communicate ideas and brief theories towards my subject, for example ‘models’, to ensure consistency can be achieved. In the future I aim to study photography at degree level and then work professionally within the commercial advertising industry.” 

Weronkia added: “On my course I have learnt the skills that allow me to communicate well with the models, so they know how I want my picture to look. I have also developed my lighting skills and how to use my imagination, so I can share my point of view with other people. In a future I want to gain even more experiences that will allow me to work as a professional photographer in fashion/portrait/glamour photography.”

 For more information about photography courses at Gloucestershire College visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/artsandmedia or call 0345 155 2020

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Left to right: Kalem and Weronika's winning entries

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