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Overview: Open to any student studying photography.

The Student Focus Photographer of the Year is awarded to Russian photographer Svetlana Blagodareva from Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University.  Beating nine other shortlisted students from around the world, her prize is €35,000 worth of Sony photography equipment for her university. 

The Student Focus programme is one of the world’s largest international programmes for photography students and works with 230 institutions across six continents.

Each year, ten students are shortlisted by a panel of photography experts.  These students are given the latest Sony digital imaging equipment and are ask to shoot a series of images to a brief for final judging. 

See the winning work of Svetlana Blagodareva and the nine shortlisted students below.