Year Four Photo Media student Georgia Periam is the selected winner of the 2016 Wikiriwhi Scholarship Award. The scholarship was established in 1983 and is awarded annually to a top Whitecliffe student who shows exceptional talent and is a great ambassador for the college.
Georgia will utilize the award to attend an intensive photography workshop during the Obscura Festival, an international photography festival held each August in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. Obscura is run in partnership with the Georgetown Arts Festival. The festival “celebrates photography from Asia and around the globe. Each year the festival hosts a series of exhibitions, talks, workshops, professional portfolio reviews and slide shows. The festival also organises fringe events, including youth photography programmes with its festival partners.”
Georgia comments on her win “It is an achievement I never thought possible when I started studying at Whitecliffe in 2012. I am very grateful for the opportunities Whitecliffe and this scholarship will provide for me. Being part of a photography workshop at Obscura Festival will give me the chance to expand my practice, which includes ideas of the fluidity of memory and the broader line of fiction and reality. I am really looking forward to seeing how this translates within another culture, to receiving critical feedback and to working with others during the workshop.”
Since the festival’s inception in 2013, Obscura has organized successful, intensive workshops ‘with some of the industry’s leading practitioners and tutors’ as part of the festival programme. This year’s workshops are lead by Sarker Protick, a documentary photographer and lecturer from Bangladesh and Belgian photographer Léonard Pongo. Georgia will work alongside students from Photography Studies College in Melbourne, who attend the festival every year with their programme leader Daniel Boetker-Smith. The workshop culminates in a public exhibition of student work launched on the opening weekend of the festival.
Head of Department Photo Media Becky Nunes is also attending the festival to support Georgia, make new connections for the College and to gain insight into photography & photo-book making in the Asia-Pacific region.
Whitecliffe is proud to support Georgia in attending this inspiring and exciting event. Follow along on our Whitecliffe Instagram account whitecliffe_life for live updates from Becky and Georgia during their trip to Obscura Festival in August.
Image at right: President Michele Whitecliffe, Photo Media student Georgia Periam, HOD Photo Media Becky Nunes