I was very pleased to be awarded the Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2011/2012 award at the recent Master Photographers Association NW England Regional awards presentations in Bury, Manchester. I also picked up the silver award for Fashion & Beauty photography with an image shot to promote the KAOS theatre groups production of Cabaret.
Followed by 3 bronze awards, in Contemporary Weddings, Childrens Portraiture and Location Portraiture. These were the highlights, with very stiff competition this year from really strong photographers. I also managed to collect a total of 21 merit awards across various categories, including 3 or 4 each in fine art, reportrage weddings and location portraits.
It was a thouroughly enjoyable day, presided over by 2 excellent and knowledgeable judges, Richard Dutowksi and Paul RG Hayley. Richard gave an insightful seminar on the art and power of portraits and Paul turned the clock back with his slideshows from the falklands war, where he was one of only 3 photojournalists who managed to sail with the task force.
It was a powerful and poignant show on the eve of the 30th anniversary of a pointless war.