Three former Documentary Photography and Photojournalism MA students have been nominated at the Sony World Photography Awards.

Denise Felkin, who graduated in 2014, has been nominated in the People Shortlist, for her Mum’s Not the Word photo-set. The collection features intimate images of women who do not have children lying in the foetal position.

Speaking about the meaning of her photography work, Denise said: “The message is a subtle metamorphosis of a new attitude towards the feminine reproductive system and for some women, childbearing not being a foundation of progress.”

Elsewhere, Kiki Streitberger has received a nomination in the Contemporary Issues category for her project entitled Travelling Light, which tells the stories of the growing number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe. Kiki, who graduated in 2015, took photographs of belongings that Syrian refugees took with them. All the possessions are photographed on a white background, and all include words from the refugees about where the belongings are from and what they signify.

"I wanted to know what people who leave everything behind, to embark on such a gruelling journey, manage to take over into a new life and what these items mean to them," said Kiki.

Travelling Light was previously exhibited at the In Our Time photography exhibition at the University’s Ambika P3 Gallery.

The final nominee is Corinna Kern, who is nominated in the Portraiture category for her work entitled Female Maskers Portraits. Corinna graduated in 2013, and her photos are portraits of men who dress as female maskers.

Speaking about the collection, Corinna said: “[female maskers mask] as a way of escapism, as an experience of a different identity, as an aesthetic expression, as a means of immunity, as a statement, and last but not least, to cover the mask imposed by society with one made from rubber. This project explores what it means to be a female masker.”

Course leader for the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism MA, Ben Edwards, said: “This is an amazing achievement for our alumni and an affirmation that we are helping our students to aspire in their careers.”

The Sony World Photo Awards will take place at Somerset House on 21 April.

Find out more about the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism MA at the University of Westminster.

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