Writtle University College and ARU have merged. Writtle’s full range of college, degree, postgraduate and short courses will still be delivered on the Writtle campus. See our guide to finding Writtle information on this site.

Dawn wins selfie contest without taking selfie

Published: 1 April 2017 at 11:32

Dawn Woolley

Photography Lecturer impresses judges with non-traditional self-portrait

We are delighted to announce that photography lecturer Dawn Woolley has been named winner of the Saatchi Selfie competition by a panel of judges including Tracey Emin and Saatchi Gallery chief executive Nigel Hurst.

Rather than a conventional selfie, Dawn’s entry to the contest showed a two-dimensional image of herself being held by a man.

Dawn explained:

“In the work I create a photographic copy of myself and place it in the real world instead of me.

“By creating artwork that establishes me as an object it could be argued that I produce photographs that reinforce stereotypical images of the female body, but with apparent exhibitionism I create a substitute that renders my real body invisible.”

As part of her prize, Dawn will take part in an international photoshoot assignment with a Leica photography ambassador.

You can see Dawn’s winning photo, along with all 14,000 other entrants, at the exhibition From Selfie To Self-Expression at the Saatchi Gallery, London until 30 May 2017.

Find out more about Dawn’s work on her website.

Image: Dawn takes a selfie in front of the other submissions