US Army veteran earns first-class photography degree – FE News


A US Army veteran graduated with a first-class degree in photography at Blackburn College University Center and received the Agnes Eccles award for best showman and student of the year as part of the industry awards from college.

Trisroy Best, 45, who grew up between Preston and the United States, was chosen to win the Agnes Eccles Industry Award by a panel of five judges including Ed Matthews-Gamble – Program Leader at Creative Lancashire, Glenda Brindle – Creative Lancashire, Stephen Caton – Source Creative, Jak Spedding – Jak Spedding Photography and Luigi Carnovale – Design LSC.

Trisroy was presented with the Agnes Eccles Award by the school’s Deputy Principal (Higher Education) Jenna Gardner along with Ed Matthews-Gamble and Luigi Carnovale.

The Agnes Eccles Prize is a trust fund for arts scholarship students which was left to the people of Blackburn and Darwen by Agnes Eccles in 1957. In 2000 new trustees were appointed and the fund formed a partnership with the Blackburn Middle School. The Agnes Eccles Prize is awarded to a student who has been judged by the jury as the best of the show and the student of the year.

The jury considered student work that had been exhibited at the University Center at Blackburn College’s 2022 Annual Art and Design Fair, which took place in June. Trisory’s work centers on his Catholic beliefs and features a series of eight photographs that show the miracles of Jesus in a modern context.

The BA (Hons) Photography student said: “Winning the Agnes Award left me speechless, it’s amazing. I focused on completing my work, so getting the Agnes award is a huge bonus for me.

“I was nervous about receiving the award, but I also felt happy and proud of myself.”

Trisroy has now graduated and received full honours. He will go to UCLan in September to start a master’s degree in photography.

Trisroy added: “The Photography degree at Blackburn College University Center covered so many different areas of photography and all the faculty were first class to work with. The facilities are excellent and it was really interesting to have the chance to exhibit my work at the HE Art and Design Show.

There is real positivity around the Blackburn College University Center and you are encouraged to give your best.

Caroline Bracewell, Assistant Director (Higher Education) said: “Congratulations to Trisroy on his outstanding achievement, achieving a First Class BA (Hons) Photography.

“It was wonderful to watch his progress throughout his time at the University Center at Blackburn College and I’m delighted to see him thrive in the future.”

Image caption, left to right: Luigi Carnovale – Design LSC, Ed Matthews-Gamble – Program Manager at Creative Lancashire, Trisroy Best, Jenna Gardner – University Center at Blackburn College Deputy Head of School (Higher Education) .

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