On the 17 April 2019 Carla Meyer-Kleynhans, a 4th year student at Michaelis, attended the Sony Award ceremony in London, with Associate Professor Jean Brundrit. Carla was placed in the top 10 of the international student competition.
The Student competition is one of the world’s leading programs for photography students. Each year, all registered universities are given a unique 1st challenge, with a time frame for their students to respond and submit a series of between 3-5 images per institution. A shortlist of 10 students are then selected and given a 2nd and final challenge, to which they will respond with a series of between 5-10 images.
All 10 shortlisted photographers are given Sony Digital Imaging equipment and flown to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony. All shortlisted photographers attended a morning of intimate portfolio reviews with World Photography Organisation editorial staff and the Student competition judges.
The Sony World Photography Awards travels extensively each year, giving photographers even more exposure in a multitude of different countries. Exhibitions in the past have visited, among other places: New York, Milan, Paris, Berlin, Slovakia, Liverpool, Moscow, and Rio de Janeiro.
Her work can be viewed on the Sony website (and is described below)
Moments of intimacy, curiosity, and vulnerability from mundane day-to-day life have been captured, and attempt to offer the viewer an insight into a deeply personal journey – one that attempts to emphasise the still moments of normality captured within the chaos of a marriage, a relationship, and an evolutionary gender transformation. For many, evolution speaks to a great change – a big bang. For others, it is steeped in the quietness of the self as one attempts to navigate personal transformation. Shallow breaths, and timid whispers in the darkness speak to our greatest fears and desires. Life decisions made in supermarkets, or in the car on the way home from work. These are the moments that make or break us. Yes, there is therapy, there are doctor’s appointments, there is the signing of documents, and the periodic outburst to society for change. Yet, the greatest of transformations occur within the least likely of places. It is this that speaks to the intimacy of the mundane. After all, change is a process – and there is revolution in evolution.