Alys Tomlinson studied English Literature and Communications at the University of Leeds and photography at Central Saint Martins. She recently completed an MA (Distinction) in Anthropology at SOAS, University of London. Alys is most interested in the relationship between people and place, working on long-term projects that explore themes of environment, identity and belonging. Alys was named Sony World Photographer of the Year 2018 for her series ‘Ex-Voto’, a five year project documenting Christian pilgrimage sites in Europe. ‘Ex-Voto’ was published by GOST Books in 2019. In summer 2019, Alys was awarded the Prix du Public for her solo exhibition ‘The Faithful’ shown as part of the Discovery Award at the Rencontres d’Arles festival. She has recently been named as a nominee in the Prix Elysée and has been awarded a Sundance Institute, Documentary Fund Grant for a feature length documentary film she is making called ‘Mother Vera’.