National Geographic Photography Win for Graduate

Thursday 15 December 2016
Toxic Vanity

Marine & Natural History Photography graduate Eleanor Ryder is amongst the winners in this year's National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest.

Eleanor, who graduated this summer, picked up third place in the Environmental Issues category for her image Toxic Vanity. The image is a magnification of plastic particles in eyeliner exploring just one facet of the synthetic swarm suspended in our oceans.

Eleanor said: "I've been placed in three national and international photography awards, the most recent being this one, this would not have happened without the constant support and encouragement of the wonderful staff at Falmouth's Institute of Photography.

"I was surprised to be placed as I know I lot of great photographers enter this competition but I wanted to give my work the chance to be shown, and the conservation issue shared. I have won $500 which will be going towards my next conservation based portfolio. I'm always on the lookout for more competitions in a bid to get my name out there."

For this year's National Geographic competition participants could enter their photographs in four categories - Landscape, Action, Animal Portraits and Environmental Issues. Out of the thousands of entries, only a select few images made the cut.