Awards and Testimonials

Skills Wales Competition, Gold Prize, 2018 - Booker T Skelding

Skills Wales Competition, Silver Prize 2018 - Simon Virgo

Finalist for the Inspire Learning Awards, 2018 - Booker T Skelding

Coleg y Cymoedd, 'Overcoming Barriers' and 'Higher Education Award', 2018 - Booker T Skelding 

“I recently won Gold in the Wales Skills Competition with a set of seascape images taken around Wales (as part of the Year of the Seas, Visit Wales Campaign). My lecturer, Jessica Emanuel, saw my potential and suggested I put myself forward. I remember Jess looking at my Landscape photographs in Year 1 and saying to me how talented I was and referred to me as ‘a photographer’.  She noticed my potential and has helped me to understand complex procedures connected with photography and the course. I am inspired by Jess’s commitment and relentless dedication she applies to her teaching role, she makes it her life and puts her heart and soul into developing her students and her department into a success. I have 19 years experience of being supervised as a Police Officer and 11 years experience of being a network analyst for British Gas. However, during that time, I’ve not met a Supervisor, Sergeant, Inspector or Team Leader that has developed me or other peers like Jess has. She is an absolute credit to Coleg Y Cymoedd/University of South Wales, and her passion for sharing her expertise and knowledge in Photography and the Industry is second to none.” – Booker T Skelding


National Photographic Society, Two Gold Prizes for ‘Street Art’ and ‘Still Art’, 2018 – Tracey Dobbs 

Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers, Gold Prize for ‘Street Art’, 2018 – Tracey Dobbs

After learning that she’d secured three professional awards for work from her college portfolio, Tracey, said: “It was absolutely amazing to find out I’d won not just one, but three awards. I’m not the most confident person so getting this recognition has been a huge confidence boost for me. As a photographer, the awards have helped to build my credibility professionally and enabled me to get my name out there. My course tutors, Jessica Emanuel and Ian Burgum have been brilliant, encouraging me to enter the awards, and supporting me throughout the whole process. – Tracey Dobbs



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