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Following the announcement of the winner of the Redeye Printing Bursary with Rob Sara 2013, please see below comments from Rob Sara, who very kindly donates this yearly bursary and Redeye member Gillian Gilbert, this year's winner.

“ Thank you for all the interest shown in the bursary this year, firstly to all the applicants who submitted their work. We are extremely grateful for your involvement and it is a pleasure to view and hear about your work. I find it is a difficult process making selections even for the shortlist, and I decided to take a step back from judging this time. Thus allowing Dewi, Stephen and Petra to conclude the decision-making, which followed on from our group discussions. The projects submitted were diverse, fascinating, of high quality and I wish all those not selected, the very best with their own realisation and development.

Congratulations to this year’s winner, Gillian Gilbert, a final year student, graduating from the BA Photography degree at the University of Cumbria, in Carlisle. The judges recognised her accomplished study of Walter, an estate worker and beekeeper as both a strong personal and symbolic project. I look forward to working with Gillian soon.

As an additional insight into the bursary work process this year, we will be making in-progress posts available through the Redeye site. Hopefully this will shine some light on the seldom seen darkroom craft that goes into producing hand prints to form a series of work, from the technical side to the collaborative aspect between printer and photographer. Let’s see if we can bring the process and the final resulting prints to a wider audience. Watch this space.

I continue to see signs that there is continued healthy interest in analogue processes and the use of film. Recent client projects and the bursary applicants underline this. So many of today’s technologies reduce the hands on involvement of the photographer, or printer and this has the potential to detach us from the decision making and thinking processes. For all the photographers that I work with, this deliberation, testing discussing and re-testing that film and hand printing demands, is the process they find most stimulating. Nothing worthwhile ever comes easily!

To have the support and involvement of Petra van den Houten, Stephen Snoddy and Dewi Lewis is a huge honour and encouragement for the bursary project. Thanks again to all.”

Gillian Gilbert, the winner comments:

" I would like to thank everyone involved in giving me this award, especially Rob Sara, Redeye and the judges. Being given the Rob Sara Award for 2013 is a massive honour; to be able to learn from someone as talented and experienced as Rob is an incredible opportunity for me to develop my work further than I had hoped."

Here's a short video of the announcement (reload the page if it doesn't appear):



Further images from Gillian's portfolio can be seen here.

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