Photography students from Batley Art College will be showcasing their work next month.

One of those taking part will be 24-year-old Stephanie Carlin from Kirkheaton who has already won an award for her work.

Stephanie was educated at King James High school and then Kirklees College where she studied for her National Diploma in Art and Design before going into a full time sales and marketing job.

Alongside this she attended evening class to attain Level 2 Photography and the standard was so high she had the opportunity to exhibit one of her images in a degree level exhibition at Dean Clough Gallery in Halifax. Stephanie’s image was chosen as the marketing image for the exhibition in 2014.

She then joined the full time BA (Hons) Contemporary Photographic Arts course at The Batley School of Art.

Stephanie Carlin

In her first year she won the student category of the Yorkshire region competition run by the British Institute of professional photography (BIPP) with her image Black Swan which was inspired by the film of the same name.

Stephanie said: “I was also accredited my licentiateship within the BIPP and I was told this was the first time a first year student at Batley School of Art had been awarded their licentiateship.”

The Batley School of Art photographic exhibition will be held at the Dean Clough gallery and photographer Paul Berriff will open the private view of the exhibition on May 7. It will then run until Sunday, May 29.

The exhibition will be called Contemporary Culture: Photographs open doors into the past but they also allow a look into the future.

Themes include social documentary, feminism, fine art, portraits, hair and beauty and the environment.

Course leader Katrina Whitehead said: “This exhibition shows diversity, skill and a range of genres which reflects the socopolitical issues experienced through photography.

Photo by Batley School of Art student Stephanie Carlin. Black Swan - the image that won her the Student British Institute of professional photography award