Iris Xing, an MFA Photography, Video and Related Media student, is one of 10 entrants shortlisted for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus program. This competition is the largest of its kind, with over 230 educational institutions participating worldwide, and offers global recognition to young photographers.
Xing created her winning photograph, Amazon Burger, in response to a prompt asking students to capture an image that embodied consumer culture. Xing’s “burger” contains layers made from an Amazon box and its packaging. “Hamburgers,” she says, “are a metaphor for fast, consumable things.”
As a member of the shortlisted group, Xing received a full-frame Sony camera, which she may now use for the next round’s challenge: to shoot a series of images that document hitherto unseen or untold subjects or stories in the contestant’s place of residence.
As part of their prize, all 10 shortlisted students will be flown to London with their tutors to attend the awards gala. Additionally, each photographer’s images from this latest challenge will be shown as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at London’s Somerset House, on view April 24 through May 10.
Those who advance to the next round will earn the Student Focus Photographers of the Year title and €35,000 worth of Sony photography equipment for their school.
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Image: Iris Xing, Amazon Burger, 2015.