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RBSA Photography Prize 2023: Judges Comments

Photograph of sand on top of a black and white photograph of a soldier

The prizes for the RBSA Photography Prize 2023 were awarded last week – you can see a full list of prize winners and highly commended artists on our blog.

One of the judges, Jaskirt Dhaliwal-Boora, has shared her thoughts on the top 3 winners.

GMC Trust First Prize: £1,000

Billy Dosanjh, Whole Submission

“The level of skill and care taken to make these images are outstanding. Birmingham and its surrounding areas have in modern history been built on the back of migration, and Billy’s work is fitting in celebrating and sedding a positive representation specifically of the South Asian and Panjabi community of Birmingham and the Black Country. A wonderful nod to our forbearers, and something that resonates deeply with me personally as my mother worked in the sewing factories in Handsworth and my grandfather and father both worked in the foundries in Smethwick. Thank you for this beautiful depiction Billy, the intense detail in these images mean you could study them for hours.”


Frame Creatives Second Prize: £500

Briana Quintanilla, A Morning with Ventci Part I, 2022

Photograph of two women in profile in front of a window
Briana Quintanilla, ‘A Morning with Ventci’ Part I, 2022, medium format film, £200

“A series of intimate images, that are poignant and personal. Achieved with a beautiful use of light and a familiarity that could only be achieved with a closeness between the sitter and photographer. A wonderful achievement.”


GMC Trust Third Prize – £250

Anna Sellen, Drip By Drip We Are Fed With Concrete, 2022

“An incredibly complex history of the soviet union and Anna’s personal family history is explored with sensitivity and imagination. The quality of the prints and experimentation made the work stand out in the submission. It is a body of work that requires further inspection and examination, it demands that attention through its use experimental use of archive images.”


The Photography Prize Exhibition runs till Saturday 8 April


Artists’ Talk: Saturday 8 April 2.00 – 3.00pm. Join some of the exhibiting artists for a guided tour of the exhibition.

The Photography Prize Exhibition is kindly sponsored by The Galliard Apsley Partnership.