11 Feb 2020
Image of Photography Work by Student Jake Musgrove
Image of Photography Work by Student Jake Musgrove

City of Wolverhampton College swept the board in a local photography competition with one student named Wolverhampton Young Photographer of the Year 2019, a further two students winning first prize in their individual categories and the college winning the Best School/College trophy!

Jake Musgrove, aged 17, who is studying for the UAL Level 3 diploma in photography, won first prize in the creative category of the contest, organised by Wolverhampton Photographic Society, as well as receiving the Young Photographer of the Year accolade.

Praising his photograph, entitled ‘Broken’, judges said: “The technical skill and work that went into this composite tells such a strong story and totally meets the brief of both the creative category and the overall competition.”

Jake said: “I’m extremely delighted to have won this award. I have been doing photography for five years and I’m very keen to get out into the world to pursue it as a career. Winning this award and being able to call myself the Wolverhampton Young Photographer of the Year will help boost myself to get people’s interest and putting it on my CV will really help me into employment.”

In addition to Jake’s successes, students Megan Lewis-Woolley, 16, and Tyler Whiting, 18, were winners in the portrait and movement categories, respectively, and came second and third for their entries in the open category, whilst the college won the Best School/College trophy.

Photography tutor Chris Hill said: “For our students to be the winners in three of the four competition categories is great news, but for Jake to be named Young Photographer of the Year and for us to win the Best School/College award on top is fantastic!  

“The students are extremely talented and these awards are formal recognition of the quality of their work and their dedication and commitment to learning, as well as the extremely high level of teaching they receive from all staff in the photography department.” 

The Young Photographer of the Year competition was open to under-18s with a Wolverhampton postcode and winners were announced at a ceremony at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Sunday, February 5. 

The college – which was named as Training Provider of the Year for its creative arts course at the Creative and Cultural Skills Awards 2019 – is currently accepting applications for photography courses starting in 2020. Apply here  

Pictured, above right, is ‘Broken’, Jake’s award-winning photograph 

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