Two SAIT journalism students will still be able to compete in the Sony World Photography Contest despite missing the plane to France last Monday due to volcanic ash.
Cody Spence and Laura Fetherstonhaugh were awarded a one week, all expenses paid trip to Cannes after being shortlisted for their photographs representing “War and Peace” in Canada. However, flight disruptions cancelled their opportunity to attend.
According to Ania Wadsworth, of the World Photography Organisation, the student focus competition will now occur in May, but from a students’ respective country.
The original challenge was to capture a unique vision of Cannes within a specific 24-hour time frame.
“I think it will be more interesting now,” said Fetherstonhaugh. “Instead of one city, there will be ‘days in the life’ of six countries.”
Inability to participate in the week’s events frustrated Spence. “I missed out on the opportunity to have my portfolio reviewed by top photographers and people in the industry,” he said.
The photography teams from Australia and India were also unable to make it to Cannes. The students from Poland, Argentina and South Africa spent the week in France attending photography workshops and seminars.