Tom Jamieson

Student’s Newlyn Photography wins prestigious scholarship and significant funding

Tom Jamieson, second year student on BA(Hons) Press & Editorial Photography at University College Falmouth, has been awarded £1,000 by established arts charity, Ideas Tap to shoot a photo story of his choice following submission of images taken on a Newlyn fishing trawler. Earlier in the year the same photography saw him also win one of only four coveted full scholarships to attend the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop run by the VII Network in Istanbul.

In response to the Person At Work – Environmental Portrait assignment set in his first year at Falmouth, Tom spent five days and nights on the Newlyn based trawler The Crystal Sea where he photographed the life of the vessel and her crew of five as they fished in the East Atlantic, south of the Isles of Scilly.

Tom applied to the Innovator category of the Ideas Tap Ideas Fund that focuses on funding original ideas for projects from any creative discipline and on the strength of his proposal and portfolio Tom was awarded £1,000. These funds will allow him to increase the scale of his documentary of the fishing industry.  Visits not only to Newlyn but also to North Shields, Pembrokeshire and Scotland are planned along with the addition of video and audio work to create a larger-scale multi-media piece.

Tom told ArtsCulture: “I am thrilled to win this funding that will allow me to take a project that was inspired by Cornwall to a larger and more national scale. I am very grateful for the important support of Ideas Tap and also for the opportunities and teaching given on the Press & Editorial course and I hope I will now be able to document and also comment on the decline of the fishing industries in the UK as a whole.”

Beating 75 applicants, the strength of the same Newlyn photographs secured Tom nearly $1,000 and a place on the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in June on what is known as ‘six days of photography, community and inspiration in the queen of cities’ with classes and workshops led by an impressive line up of some of the world’s best photojournalists. During this time Tom documented Christian refugees from Iraq living in Turkey.

Mal Stone, Award Leader, BA(Hons) Press & Editorial Photography said: “All the academic staff on BA (Hons) Press & Editorial Photography are thrilled with Tom’s news. He has produced a fantastic photo story from his assignment and shows the strength of his abilities against tough competition. I’m very excited at how the course has grown and is now producing talented students like Tom across all three years.”

Take a look at Tom’s winning photography:

Crystal Sea Trawling from tom jamieson on Vimeo.

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