A Stellenbosch student is making South Africans proud by representing us on the world stage in photography.
Aidan Murgatroyd, a young photographer and graphic designer representing Stellenbosch’s Academy of Design and photography’s work was shortlisted in the Student Competition for the Sony World Photography Awards 2022.
Here, he joins 16 other photographers from around the world who were selected as they gun to make the 10-person shortlist. Murgatroyd is the only South African selected.
The competition theme centred around connectivity during the pandemic, tasked to produce images interpreting ‘the brief connections’ of various cultural identities.
Murgatroyd focused on the journey of understanding what it means to be South African existing in the melting pot of cultures that we do, and from the perspective of someone seeking to connect with his country after absence.
Despite being born in South Africa, Murgatroyd grew up in Dubai and the USA before returning home in 2017. He embarked on a five-month road trip to figure out his country in a desire to explore and understand who we as South Africans are.
The winner will be announced on April 12 – with the prizes of Sony Digital imaging equipment amounting to over R500 000 and the title of Student Photographer of the Year.
Check out some of Aidan Murgatroyd’s photographs:
Pictures: Aidan Murgatroyd | Sony World Photography Awards