Date of release: Friday, May 19, 2017

Greenwich PortraitsThe University of Greenwich is celebrating 14 of its most inspiring alumni in a series of stunning photographs by award-winning photographer Diane Patrice.

A new photographic exhibition – Greenwich Portraits 2017 – is launching on Tuesday 23 May. This will add 14 new portraits to its existing collection of influential alumni images, which includes Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Jamie Adenuga, aka grime star JME.

Open to the public between Wednesday 24 and Sunday 28 May, the exhibition will be housed in the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, within the university's state-of-the-art Stockwell Street building.

This year, the participants are more eclectic than ever and include 'godfather of gaming' Ian Livingstone, who launched Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Dungeons & Dragons to the world. He also wrote the best-selling Fighting Fantasy books.

Other outstanding alumni include actress Uru Eke, dubbed 'the Audrey Hepburn of Nollywood'; international artist Karl Ohiri, who has exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Britain; and music mogul Simon Jones, who promotes acts such as Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Craig David and Shawn Mendes.

Diane Patrice has photographed the likes of Rihanna and Amy Winehouse, as well as communities in South London and Mali.

Greenwich Portraits is now in its second successful year and has been nominated for a prestigious Times Higher Education Leadership and Marketing Award, with results announced in June.

Last year's participants included Sir Charles Kao, a Nobel Prize winner, and human rights lawyer Shabina Begum, who made the top 100 British Bangladeshi power list aged just 29.

The event is being hosted by the Alumni & Development department at the University of Greenwich. Head of Alumni & Development, Sarah Cretch, says: "I'm delighted to introduce another 14 outstanding alumni as part of Greenwich Portraits 2017.

"Each of the portraits and personal stories highlight how extraordinarily talented, humble and driven so many of our graduates are. The Alumni team aim to ensure that time spent studying at Greenwich is not just the experience of a lifetime, but a lifetime experience by creating links across the generations of graduates. Portraits is a perfect example."

All of this year's portraits will be unveiled on Tuesday 23 May.

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