Grand prize winner announced alongside shortlist from academy colleges

Winners from Nikon?s Discovery Awards, a competition aimed at recognising emerging photographic talent at academy colleges throughout the land, have been announced.

The prize fun totalled an impressive £50,000, with the overall winner, Michal Honkys of Thames Valley University, taking home a £5,000 cash prize, £1,800 of Nikon equipments and national exposure of his work.

Michal?s University also received a Nikon voucher to the value of £6,000 as part of Nikon?s ongoing support for colleges and tutors at the academies.

Chris Hoare, Nikon?s professional business manager, said: ?The first Discovery Awards competition has been a great success. The winners were all extremely deserving and will no doubt go on to be the industry?s finest?.

Details of the winners can be found below, and images are available in the gallery at

Grand Prize Winner
Thames Valley University
Michal Honkys

Judges? Awards
Thames Valley University
Ignasi Cunill

Edinburgh College of Art
Rebekka Unrau

Shortlist winners from each of the twenty academy colleges and universities

The Arts Institute Bournemouth
Matt Burgess

Blackpool and the Fylde
Lorraine Setchell

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Thomas Woods

Edinburgh College of Art
Rebekka Unrau

Kingston University
Nick O?Brien

Manchester Metropolitan University
Emma Daffin

Newcastle College of Art & Design
Adrian Lourie

Nottingham Trent University
Steven Poxson

Plymouth College of Art & Design
Richard Hicks

Sheffield College
Kate Burnett

South East Essex College of Arts and Technology, Southend
James Porter

Thames Valley University
Michal Honkys

University of the Arts (LCC)
Matthew Hughes

University of the Arts (LCF)
Marcus Ross

University of Brighton
Ahmet Unver

University for the Creative Arts (Rochester)
Harri Heinonen

University College Falmouth (Art & Design)
Natalie Tkachuk

University of Gloucestershire
Clare Dawson

University of Wales, Newport
Kate Astbury

University of Westminster
Jan Stradtmann