Sixth Form pupil Alexander Yang, has been named as the winner of the first ever Khadija Saye Photography Award. The prize of £250 was awarded for the best photography portfolio by a boarding pupil from a state or independent boarding school, in association with the Boarding Schools’ Association. The award will be presented for the first time at the BSA Annual Heads’ Conference in May.

The Boarding Schools’ Association launched the ‘Khadija Saye Photography Award’ earlier this year in tribute to the outstanding photographer and former boarder at Rugby School. Khadija Saye sadly lost her life along with her mother, Mary Mendy, in the Grenfell Tower disaster in London. Khadija was a boarder at Rugby School, where she was a recipient of an Arnold Foundation bursary. This life changing opportunity helped her develop her passion for art. She was an internationally respected photographer and was exhibiting her work entitled ‘Dwelling: in this space we breathe’ at the 57th Venice Biennale at the time of her death.

The Boarding Schools’ Association wrote; “Our judges were extremely impressed by the standard of entries – a fitting tribute to such a talented pupil”.

Alex said, “I feel honoured to be the first recipient of theKhadija Saye Photography Award, it is very unexpected.I was inspired by the regularity and irregularity of forms and positivity in humanity.”