/ 2021 / Fine Art / Other

Portals to Nature

  • Prize
    Bronze in Fine Art/Other
  • Photographer
    Andrea Hamilton

A portal is a gateway to something else, in this case to the natural world preserved in the diorama displays in museums. I have been fascinated with these displays that combine so many fine art skills. Photography compresses the three-dimensional to two dimensions, heightening the feeling of reality. In my work, I took hundreds of images from many angles and built up the scene for a single picture. At times, I have combined elements from real animals or nature with the displays. I realise that in parallel with the natural world, the diorama is being phased out for virtual reality displays.

Andrea Hamilton, a graduate of Brown University and Oxford University studied photography at Central Saint Martins, Photofusion and traditional print methods at the Black and White School. Hamilton also runs AH Studio, an art and design space where she runs a series of talks and exhibitions particularly related to themes of art, design, music and environment.

She is an ambassador for the Blue Marine Foundation, The Global Planet Authority and The Moons Symphony Project.

Awards 2016 Juror’s Honorable Mention at Tokyo International Photo Awards, Japan.
2016 Mark of Excellence I shot It, Landscape Photo Competition.
2015 Second Prize “AN INSTANT” Contest LIFE FRAMER Award.
2015 Finalist at 9th International Arte Laguna Prize, Italy.
2016 Mark of Excellence I shot It, Landscape Photo Competition 2015.
2015 Finalist at 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers.
2015 Juror’s Honorable Mention at Landscapes Awards, The Center for Fine Art Photography,Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.
2015 Finalist at 9th International Arte Laguna Prize, Venice, Italy.
2014 Finalist at Royal Photographic Society.
2014 Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards (IPA).
2013 Winner at the Association of Photographers Open Awards.
2012 Shortlisted at the Sony World Photography Awards, London.
2011 Shortlisted at the Association of Photographers Open Awards.