Spanish Professor Maria Tomas-Rodriguez has won the Best Documentary Photography Award at the prestigious 2019 British Photography Awards held on 28th January. The winning entry, Tradition, documents the facial expressions of young boys living in the Joal-Fadiouth Commune in Senegal, West Africa, during the seclusion period of their circumcision ritual.

For more than 180 years the British Photography Awards have recognized the talent of both British nationals and residents. Dr. Tomas-Rodríguez adds her name to a prestigious list that includes photographer Richard Young and Rankin and Frans Lanting. In this edition sixteen winners were chosen from over 3,700 entries. Alongside the category winners, the competition ran a People’s Choice Award for each category, attracting 74,000 votes.