Images inspired by war a winning idea

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Last updated 12:00 27/01/2014
Alex Tweedy
Alex Tweedy

AWARD WINNING: This series of photographs won UCOL photography student Alexander Tweedy top prize in the 2013 Canon EYEcon photographic competition.

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Alex Tweedy
EMOTIVE WORK: A close up of one of Alexander Tweedy's award-winning photographs.

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It was a picture-perfect finish for a Palmerston North photography student after winning first and second placings in a national competition.

UCOL student Alex Tweedy, 20, won the 2013 Canon EYEcon photographic contest with his series of four images of a bandaged man.

He also took second place in the competition's film category for his three-minute movie on determination, which showed a boxer working out.

His photographic portfolio was a modern-day take on the pictorial proverb of the "wise monkeys" - see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil and do no evil.

Mr Tweedy was watching the news when inspiration struck him. He drew up some designs, wrapped his brother in bandages and took a black and white photo shoot. The images were a reflection on the turmoil of war, the reaction from society, and the aim was to provoke thought about the impact of modern warfare shown by the single face, he said.

Mr Tweedy took up photography five years ago after his high school art teacher told him he had the eye for it. Since then he has been studying at UCOL and has hopes to start a career in photojournalism, with the ultimate dream of working for National Geographic.

"I like it most when there's no control, it's all natural and it's not forced," he said. "When you don't have time to mess around and it's just about capturing an image in that decisive moment."

Entrants are judged on their photographic abilities, as well as the originality and creativity of their images.

The judges said Mr Tweedy's portfolio had "amazing tone and texture, and showed every detail in a grunty yet simple style".

Mr Tweedy was chuffed to finish first and be noted as an emerging photographer.

"I was very happy to have won, it was a big shock and took a while for it to sink in."

He won about $5000 worth of Canon equipment and cash, mentoring from professional photographers, and New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers and the Advertising and Illustrative Photographers Association membership.

Second place went to Karla Karaitiana, also from UCOL.

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