Sep 16

Going for Gold! Winning BIPP SE Photographer of the Year 2016

Enjoying awards success and some beautiful work by an array of talented photographers with the British Institute of Professional Photography South East Awards 2016.


Winning at the BIPP SE Awards 2016

Winning at the BIPP SE Awards 2016

This week saw the announcement of the annual British Institute of Professional Photograph (BIPP) South East region awards.

This is 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 Science & Nature, to wedding, to portrait photography and beyond.

A great range of work

It’s always fantastic to see the breadth and sophistication of fellow BIPP members’ work, and a welcome chance to appreciate other peoples’ eye for a shot and technical skills.

You can check out the full range of work at the link: BIPP SE Winners 2016

Winning Gold…

Gold Award for Tessering Heights © Michael Wharley Photography 2016

Gold Award for Tessering Heights © Michael Wharley Photography 2016

Personally, I was delighted to receive nods for two images in the Advertising section, including a Gold for ‘Tessering Heights’ – a composite image featuring ace actress Kelly Clare shot in the studio, and blended with a Scottish Highlands landscape I took on a trip some years back. There was also a bronze for musician Mr John Landau‘s fine phizzog.

The Attitudes is a project I’m currently working on together with charity Acting for Others, and a Silver for ‘Silence’, featuring actress Gemma Arterton in the People and Portraiture category, was the perfect fillip for the next six months of work.

'Silence' with Gemma Arterton

‘Silence’ with Gemma Arterton

…winning again: Photographer of the Year!

Rather pleasingly, I was also awarded the overall title BIPP South East Photographer of the Year 2016-17!


Not that any of this is the reason why we shoot, but it’s nice to down camera and take a step back every now and again.

Thankfully, there wasn’t much time for excessive self-congratulation, given that Chris Harper, the BIPP CEO, presented my Award just as I was about to lead a BIPP Lighting workshop.

So, exactly two seconds of smugness, and then back to work!

16/09/2016 MW


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