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Nov 11

The Gold Standard: Photographer of the Year with BIPP SE

Seeing some fantastic work and winning at the British Institute of  Professional Photography South East Awards 2014.

 

Michael Wharley winning at the BIPP SE Awards 2014

Winning at the BIPP SE Awards 2014

I had pleasure of tripping along to the annual British Institute of  Professional Photograph (BIPP) South East region awards last week.

This is an an annual event celebrating the quality and diversity of work within the BIPP’s membership in London and beyond, with categories covering everything from commercial to fashion, to fine art, to wildlife, to wedding, to portrait photography and beyond.  

Quite apart from a pretty fine meal, and some excellent conversation in the company of other photographers, it was really fantastic to see the breadth and sophistication of fellow BIPP members’ work, and a welcome chance to appreciate other peoples’ eye for a shot, or technical skills.

Winning Gold…

michael-wharley-film-theatre-comedy-poster-images-key-art-michael-wharley-london-1.Having scored a bronze a few years back for a beauty image, I was hopeful of perhaps going one better with a silver this year; so I was over the moon to be awarded a Gold (one of only two on the day) in Fine Art, for the image ‘Echo’, above, not least because of some beautiful photos from others in the same category. It was an image I shot for a personal project, so I’m especially proud of having conceived, shot and post produced it myself.

…and winning again: Photographer of the Year!

You can browse through the full list of awards and photos at the link here, which reveals the other bit of flabbergasting news from the day, that I was also named the BIPP South East Photographer of the Year 2014-15.

That was beyond my expectations; it’s a true privilege to have one’s work recognised by your peers in this way, and I can only say thank you to the BIPP, for ignoring the claims of other equally (if not more) talented members.

Of course, the next day I was straight back to shooting, and on my hands and knees painting backdrops – but with a smug glow to sustain me through my next bit of personal work…

11/11/2014 MW

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