Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize won by Jordi Ruiz Cirera

November 2012 │ UK

Jordi Ruiz Cirera, winner of the Deutsche Bank Award in Photography in 2012, this week won the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize for 2012 with the National Portrait Gallery. The stunning portrait was taken when Jordi spent time with the Menonites, a small and very unique closed community in Bolivia.

Jordi, who is just 28 years old, studied for a Masters in Photography at the University of the Arts London in 2011/2012, and benefitted from support developing his post-university plans through the Deutsche Bank Awards process. The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises support graduating artists across a range of disciplines from architecture to fine art and fashion. Applicants develop a plan for the year after they graduate (and beyond), with 15 winners each year receiving £10,000 along with small business training and mentoring to put those plans into action. The scheme has produced over 150 winners to date from colleges across London, Birmingham, Liverpool and Scotland, many of whom now run successful creative enterprises.

The importance of the entrepreneur to the UK economy, and to everyday life, is shown by the fact that small businesses provide 60% of private sector jobs and contribute 50% of UK GDP (BIS, November 2010). Meanwhile, the creative sector is one of the UK’s enduring competitive strengths. According to the latest government data, it employs more than 1.5 million people and represents over 8% of GDP. The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises have been helping talented people to access these exciting and sustainable opportunities for over 20 years.

To see some of Jordi's work, visit his website by clicking here.

Image by Jordi Ruiz Cirera

 


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