Lecturer and alumna among Portrait of Britain 2019 award winners

Heather McDonough and Fiona Yaron-Field's work selected as part of an exhibition that celebrates diversity in Great Britain.

Date: 06 September 2019

Photographs by Heather McDonough, who teaches on Photography BA at The Cass, and Fiona Yaron-Field, a postgraduate alumna and short course teacher, are among the winners of the 2019 British Journal of Photography (BJP) Portrait of Britain Award.

Portrait of Britain is an award-winning nationwide photography exhibition, run by British Journal of Photography in partnership with JCDecaux. The exhibition celebrates the rich tapestry of people that make up Great Britain, by turning their stories into public art. Portrait of Britain is the UK’s biggest photography exhibition and is seen by millions of people across the country.

The 100 winning entries including Heather and Fiona’s will be displayed across JCDecaux’s network of digital Out-of-Home screens throughout the country, from rail stations and airports, to shopping malls and high streets during September 2019. All 200 shortlisted entries will also be featured in the Portrait of Britain book, published by Hoxton Mini Press and distributed worldwide.

Heather’s image, Ann, is a portrait of her nextdoor neighbour. Grace, part of Fiona’s collaborative project with Fiona Bailey, shows a student at Derwen College on her prom night.

Ann by Heather McDonough:

"Ann and I have been neighbours for over 25 years. She was kind enough to take time out from making her lunch one Sunday to sit for this portrait. I sometimes like to allude to iconic American paintings in my images and on this occasion, Ann played the part of Whistler’s mother."

Grace by Fiona Bailey and Fiona Yaron-Field:

"Grace is a student at Derwen College, an incredible institution for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. We photographed her on prom night, a night that traditionally celebrates the transition into adult life."

Cass BA Photography Graduate Alvaro Lopez Giminez was shortlisted for his portrait ‘Luka’ in the 2018 edition of the competition.


Images copyright the artists:

Ann, London by Heather McDonough ( L) and Grace, Oswestry, Shropshire by Fiona Bailey & Fiona Yaron-Field (R)

one image of an elderly woman seated and one of a girl in a prom dress