Jordan VanSise photo
Jordan VanSise's award-winning self portrait
Jordan VanSise photo
Jordan VanSise's award-winning self portrait
Jordan VanSise, a Marylhurst University student, is a finalist for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus competition. VanSise, 24, secured his place as one of the ten finalists from around the world with an image titled “Self Portrait.” The image was shot in response to a brief asking for a single image showing “Tomorrow’s News.”

“This image was originally for a self-portrait assignment in one of my photography classes," VanSise says. "I thought of the different 'versions' of myself that I wanted to depict. I set my camera on a tripod and framed it how I wanted. Then I changed into different outfits and changed my spot on the couch, as well as making a variety of gestures. Afterwards I chose the shots I liked and put them together to make the final image.”

VanSise was inspired by his grandfather’s love of photography and bought his first camera after leaving the Marine Corps knowing that he was going to want to record that time of my life. Although he does plan to pursue a career in photography, his main motivation for making pictures is to remind himself what he finds meaningful, and that there is still beauty in life.

As a finalist, VanSise has won the latest full frame camera from Sony – the α7  – which he must now use to fulfil the second brief of the competition: shoot a series of images under the title “Self-portraits.” One winning series will be chosen by the judges from this work.

As the other part of their prize, all ten finalists will be flown to London with their instructors to attend the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in London on April 30.

At the ceremony, the finalists will discover the recipient of the 2014 Student Focus Photographer of the Year title and the grand prize of almost $60,000 worth of Sony photographic equipment for their university.