Sony World Photographer of the Year 2018
Having grown up in Brighton, Alys went on to study English Literature and Communications at the University of Leeds. After graduating, she moved to New York for a year and was given her first commission for Time Out, before coming back to London to study photography at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Her work is mostly concerned with the relationship between people and place, drawing on themes of memory, belonging and identity. She has recently completed a part-time MA in Anthropology of Travel, Tourism and Pilgrimage (Distinction) at SOAS, University of London, which ties in with her long-term, personal project about pilgrimage called ‘Ex-Voto’. Alys combines commissioned work for editorial, design and advertising clients with personal work, which she publishes and exhibits.
Recent awards and exhibitions include: Sony World Photography Awards, 1st Prize (Discovery Category), Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, BJP/International Photography Award Shortlist, Renaissance Photography Prize (Finalist) and HOTSHOE Award Winner, Creative Review Photography Annual, Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Winner and PDN 30.