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Sony Student Grant recipients' projects revealed

2 years ago

Today we reveal thought-provoking projects from latest Sony Student Grant recipients. Congratulations to Joel Davies, a student at Central St Martins (UK), Sam Delaware, enrolled at Pacific Union College (USA), and Tobias Kobborg Kristensen, who studies at the Danish School of Media and Journalism at Denmark. Chosen from the shortlist of the Sony World Photography Awards’ 2019 Student competition, each photographer was given $3,500 (USD) and the latest Sony digital imaging equipment in April 2019.

They were asked to respond to the brief ‘Changing Cities’, where we asked each recipient to show us, in a series of five to 10 images, the greenification of cities. Cities cover just 3% of the planet’s surface but hold more than half of our population and by 2050 this latter figure is expected to increase to 75%. There is now a stronger need than ever for smarter, greener urban environments to sustain this ever-growing shift towards urbanisation. We challenged the three students to look at who is developing the greenification of our cities. We wanted recipients to show in a single story our need to be greener. We wanted to see images that speak to us about the cities we live in. 

Empowering those coming to the fore, the Sony Student Grant was set up in  2017 to support emerging talent in photography during their first years in the industry. A selection of works from the projects will be shown at the Sony World Photography Awards 2020 exhibtion at Somerset House this April. 

​Joel Davies
We Reap What We Sow

This project depicts at the work of the Freightliners Farm, a charity operating in the borough of Islington, London – the most densely populated district in the UK. Davies’ images document the volunteers and visitors for which the farm acts as a much needed green space and communal support.

Tobias Kobborg Kristensen
Green Copenhagen

This work features the efforts and initiatives by the city’s officials and residents towards reaching their goal of becoming the first carbon-neutral capital by 2025.

Sam Delaware
Cellular Culture

This series looks at innovative research undertaken by JUST Inc. a food manufacturing company based in San Francisco, looking to turn to lab grown meat to mitigate societies’ impact on earth’s natural resources.