Raphaela Rosella has won the SOYA 365 (Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards) photography category.
Currently issue editor of The Australian PhotoJournalist, a non-profit publication dedicated to giving voice and casting a critical eye on journalism and mass media practices, she also works on art based projects across communities facing recurring hardship, utilising the medium of photography to influence change.
Mentoring the photography category is Australian photographer Polly Borland. Borland regularly shoots for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Independent and Dazed and Confused amongst others. Her work has been displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in London and she was one of eight photographers selected to photograph Queen Elizabeth ll for the Golden Jubilee.
Borland said she awarded Rosella the prize for the subjects she represented and the beautiful way she depicted them.
“Raphaela manages to document and articulate subjects in a poetic yet direct way,” she said.
SOYA 365 this year introduced the new categories of Animation, Interactive Content & Gaming, Architecture & Interior Design and The Written Word to the existing award stable.
Each month a new category is awarded. See the SOYA website for details.
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