Student photo goes International

Alton College student Milly Spooner has impressed The Royal Photographic Society with a photograph that has been selected to appear in the 154th International Print Exhibition 2011 in partnership with Allen & Overy LLP.

Milly is studying A2 Photography at Alton College and her submission to the competition was in amongst more than 2500 entries. The image, entitled ‘Smoosh 2’, will form part of a year-long touring exhibition starting next year. The exhibition is the longest standing of its kind in the world and has developed an excellent reputation during its long history, showcasing a wide range of genres and styles of photography ranging from cutting-edge prints to more traditional work.

‘Smoosh 2’ is part of a collection called 'Smoosh' which Milly created for an A level project. It was taken on a Mamiya RZ67 camera, using black and white medium format film which was developed in the College darkroom over a long day. Milly’s inspiration came from artist Arnulf Rainer who created images of people looking trapped and distressed.


Milly was thrilled when she found out she had been short listed. She said: “It is fantastic to have the opportunity to see my work displayed alongside many professional photographers; I cannot quite believe I will get the chance to see my print in a London exhibition. The opportunity would not have arisen were it not for the Photography Department so I am incredibly grateful to them.”

Amanda Bollini, Head of Photography at Alton College added: “We are absolutely delighted with the result of Milly’s work and with the relationship we have built up with the Royal Photographic Society. The success of our students goes from strength to strength and we look forward to seeing Milly’s photograph in this prestigious exhibition next year.”

Further information can be found by visiting the Royal Photographic Society website