Graduating photography student wins spot in Portrait of Britain

Graduating GB MET photography student, Lizzi Mills, is one of the winners in the British Photography Journal’s Portrait of Britain 2020.

Lizzi’s portrait, The Boxer, will be published in the Portrait of Britain book, Vol.3 alongside 200 other shortlisted images. It will also be exhibited on JCDecaux UK’s nationwide network of digital Out-of-Home screens from 1 September as one of the 100 winners.

1985 Media and the British Journal of Photography describe this year's award winners as “capturing the many faces of modern Britain at a momentous time in our history.”

When asked what inspired her work, Lizzi said, “My boyfriend is a keen Thai boxer in spite of his physical disabilities and so I decided to photograph him during his training. This was a moment in between bouts/sparring and I feel it really shows the man behind the boxing; his vulnerability and humanity..

When she found out that she had been shortlisted, Lizzi said, “I did a search to see how many entries they’d had and it was something like 14000 the previous year! I nearly fainted!”

“You should never give up and never stop striving to be the best you can be. I pushed myself really hard during my degree, and being a single mum of three and a mature student is not an easy juggling act. I was also still working part time as a wedding photographer during my degree and there were times when I felt overwhelmed and not good enough, but Kirste McCool and Mary Tennant’s (my tutors) calm guidance helped me to see beyond my own self limiting beliefs and gave me the confidence to push myself.”

You can view Lizzi’s winning portrait here

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