December 6 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 28, 2013
An award-winning student photographer from Fenland has presented his work in the Houses of Parliament.
Andrew West, 20, of March, showed off photographs he took while taking part in a humanitarian volunteering programme in Honduras this summer.
One of his images, “Levelling the playing field”, which captures a woman’s football tournament in an indigenous Honduras community, won the global ICS Photography Competition.
Three different villages took part in the competition which promoted gender equality across the country.
His photo of the winning penalty was praised by the international judges as “a perfect example of a moment captured that tells a whole story”.
The final year University of Lincoln Media Production student worked with human rights organisation Jóvenes Liderando Cambios (Youth Leading Change) as part of the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.
Throughout the summer, Mr West filmed and photographed his experiences in a bid to capture a different culture and encourage other students to engage with volunteering projects.
He said: “I wanted to learn about another culture and capture the way they lived.
“In my time in Honduras I filmed our entire journey and now I hope to change the perception of volunteering for many young people through my documentary.
“I met some amazing people and did so many things I will never get the chance to do again, while undertaking the most fulfilling work I’ve ever done.
“It was great to get the chance to explain more about my experiences to MPs too. Presenting my work in the Houses of Parliament felt like a great achievement.”
Sarah Barrow, head of the University of Lincoln’s School of Media, said: “We are so proud of Andrew and his achievements.
“He thoroughly deserves this accolade and we know he has a very bright future ahead of him.”
Mr West is working on a range of external commissions via New Media Lincs, the School of Media’s social enterprise which links students with businesses and arts organisations.
To view the winning photo and more of Mr West’s award-winning portfolio, go to www.andrewgwest.co.uk.