University of Portsmouth student win top prize in photography awards

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A STUDENT with a passion for documentary photography has won an award from Sony.

Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi, a second-year photography student at the University of Portsmouth, won first prize in the culture category of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Youth Award.

The Youth Award is open to photographers aged 19 and under.

Alecsandra, from Romania, said: ‘I am really proud about this competition.

‘It was a wonderful surprise.

‘I discovered photography after many years of being passionate about arts, design and painting.

‘Something drew me into documentary and portraiture. I think it was the fact that people and their stories have always fascinated me.”

Alecsandra’s winning photograph will feature in a month-long exhibition of the winners and finalists at Somerset House in London, and will be published in the Sony World Photography Awards book.