TWO design students at Herefordshire College of Art and Design are celebrating after their final year projects won them the Sun Valley Foods sponsored awards for photography and media.

The photography award was presented to Elizabeth Sherrott, for her work 'Exploring the idea of personal space in the home'.

Clearly delighted, Elizabeth plans to further her interest in photography and has recently been accepted to do a BA Honours degree in Photography at the London College of Printing.

The media award went to Sinead Lynch, whose dedication to the course and aptitude towards media convinced the judges she was the ideal candidate for the award.

Working with BAFTA

Her talent has also been recognised by BAFTA with whom she will be working over the summer, and the Southampton Institute who have accepted her to do a BA Honours in Media and Culture Studies.

Family and friends joined the students on the night that saw months of hard work and dedication finally pay off.

Guest speaker Professor Tony Cobb from the Royal College of Art presented each winner with their £100 Sun Valley award and certificate.

Kate Labarre, Marketing Manager, at the Hereford College of Art and Design said: "All of the students have done incredibly well, which is acknowledged by the fact that over 90 per cent will continue their studies by going onto university.

"Most students have been accepted on to the course of their choice which reflects the standard of work that has been produced here."

Mark Sisson, Strategic Business Development Director, at Sun Valley Foods said: "We were delighted to be asked by the college to get involved with the awards and have been very impressed by the high standard of the students work.

"As a major employer in Hereford, we are committed to helping young people gain the qualifications and experience necessary for their future careers.

"The work on display certainly demonstrates the talent of Hereford's young people, whether or not they have won an award. I wish all the students the very best in the future."