Sunday, 20 April 2014

Banstead pupil shortlisted for Amnesty International photography award

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A BANSTEAD pupil has been shortlisted for a prestigious photography award.

Mikaela Zonfrillo, who attends Sutton High School, has been nominated for Amnesty International’s Young Human Rights Photographer of the Year award.

The 14-year-old will now have her work judged by a panel of editors, authors and industry professionals, including award-winning photographer Shannon Jensen.

Mikaela’s photo was inspired by prisoners of conscience.

Her teacher, Justine Speck, said: “It is amazing that Mikaela has been chosen, we are really proud of her as a group and were impressed with her photograph and the idea that inspired her.”

Niall Couper, head of PR, media and supporter care at Amnesty, was involved in the shortlisting process.

Mr Couper said: “I loved this photo. It is simple and iconic. And it really captures what Amnesty is all about. A light of hope.”

More than 7,000 young people took part in Amnesty’s Youth Awards, with entries from across the UK. Only the top ten from each category made the shortlist.

The top three in each category will be unveiled tomorrow (Friday). They will then be invited to an awards ceremony at Amnesty International UK’s headquarters on April 30, where the winner will be announced.

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