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Sofia Conti - What a Year

It’s been a busy year for Sofia Conti since graduating with a BA Professional Photography Degree from Edinburgh College. Her work was recognised by the Master Photographers Association (MPA) winning the Scottish Region Student Portrait award 2020.

Continuing with this success two finalist images published in the Association of Photographers (AOP) Awards book for 2020 “Silenced” in the People Category and “Well Hung” in the Places Category.

“ The Survivor” was selected as one of the 100 winners in the Portrait of Britain 2020 Awards and exhibited across the UK on JCDecux digital screens in September. Sponsored by the British Journal of Photography and published by Hoxton Mini Press.

“ Isolated” and “The Survivor” were featured in The Photographer magazine published by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP).

Success continued in Australia with final images winning Silver and Bronze in the RISE International Photography Awards 2020.

And…going on to win Silver in Editorial-Political with “Silenced”, Honourable Mentions in People-Life Style with “Trapped Within” and People-Portrait with “The Survivor” in the Budapest International Foto Awards 2020 (BIFA).

Her work has been exhibited by The Glasgow Gallery of Photography and will soon be on display at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery as part of 2020 Stories, Portraits, Visions

Her hard work continues as she studies for a Master’s Degree with an on-going research project titled “Addicted to Life”.

"For 5 years I have lived in Glasgow's, east end. The area is one of the most deprived within Scotland with unemployment, poor health, addiction issues and higher levels of Anti-Social Behaviour.

Last year I produced a series titled "Addicted to Life" that focused on the east end community that involved charities which support people on tackling addiction. This work prompted me to research more on Glasgow and I found many articles discussing "The Glasgow Effect". Over the years there have been numerous studies on how Glaswegian people tend to die prematurely, more so than any other city in the UK.

The intention of the start of the research project is to engage with people who reside or work within my local community. As a resident of Glasgow’s east end, I have a strong connection to the community and the people that live within it. Even though there are negative connotations living here I want to highlight that people and their community should not be pigeonholed. This part of the research project will include a mixture of portraits and environmental photographs. It will be important to remain as impartial as possible allowing the individuals being photographed to tell their story". - Sofia Conti

It takes passion and dedication to make your way in photography, the lesson today, keep going and get your work seen.

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