Freelance photographer and University of Gloucestershire graduate Jessie Edwards Thomas has won the Slim Hewitt Prize.
Jessie, from Caernarfon in North Wales, received her prize at her graduation ceremony at The Centaur yesterday (24 November).
When her grandfather developed dementia, Jessie, then 17, took up photography as a way of expressing her feelings and documenting memories which were being lost. The Slim Hewitt Prize is awarded to the graduating Photojournalism and Documentary Photography student who achieves the highest mark total for all of their level six modules.
She said: “This really fuelled my love of photography, when it came to choosing a degree I was honestly torn between studying psychology and going down quite a scientific approach to learning about people. However I just could not ignore that niggle inside me – my love for the camera!”
As well as working as a photographer, Jessie is also helping to set up a Wellbeing College in South Gloucestershire and using her skills to develop workshops and course sessions within the college.
Jessie added: “University gave me the luxury of time, which I utilised as much as I could through gaining work experience and networking. Much of my work since university has stemmed from projects created at university. The level of support I received from my tutors was incredible and gave me a lot of guidance in my decisions.”
To find out more about graduation at the University of Gloucestershire please visit www.glos.ac.uk/graduation