The Sproxton Award for Photography is presented each year to the best student in the Final Show for the MA Photography course at London College of Communication (LCC), as judged by a panel of photography professionals. The winners receive £1000 to help kickstart their careers in photography.
The prize was set up in memory of Andrew Sproxton who, in 1972, together with Val Williams, created the Impressions Gallery of Photography in York – one of the first specialist photography galleries in the UK and Europe. It played a crucial role in the acceptance of photography as a serious art form, giving a number of young photographers their first break and setting them on the road to success. Andrew died very suddenly in 1977 and a memorial fund was set up by his family, friends and colleagues to continue this encouragement of young photographers.
Over the first five years of the Sproxton Award at LCC, the winners have covered the spectrum of contemporary fine art photography, including documentary, staged photography, portraiture and landscape – each winner pushing at the boundaries of photography to develop their own unique vision. The judging panels, made up each year of an industry professional and a graduate of LCC photography courses, have included some of the most illustrious names in contemporary photography.