RSPCA Photography Awards 2013 - Part 1/2
I am pleased to announce I have not only won the 16-18s category but also the overall winner for the RSPCA Photography Awards 2013!
Part 1/1: The Awards ceremony
I’ve made this blog two parts; the second part is a more detailed description of the winning photograph, ‘Bokeh Heron’.
^ Chris Packham and I, and my trophies! This is my 'trying not to show my braces' smile!
Yesterday afternoon, I attended the awards ceremony in the Tower of London which was hosted by TV presenter and photographer, Chris Packham. I was not only excited to hear who the winners were but also to catch up with friends. Over the years, I’ve become friends with several young photographers and it was nice to meet some in person for the first time and just have a quick catch up with those I have known for several years.
Half an hour into the awards, Chris introduced the 16-years category. As he announced the commended winners where there were some fantastic images, I constantly thought yes, yes, closer, closer. Then Chris announced runner up, who was Oscar with his fox photo which is when I began punching my dad in the knee and I whispered ‘I’ve won, dad I’ve won my category!’ And so then I won my category and I was incredibly pleased.
When Chris explained my photo and the bokeh balls, he joked that the secret to wildlife photography is to carry a dirty duck with you. So when you’re ready to take the photo, you just let the duck have a bath! Chris also added he and the judges wished they’d taken the photo!
Chris then went through portfolio winners and then it was time to reveal the overall winner. There were some truly great photos in the competition and although I was hopeful, I didn’t think I’d get it and then well I won it, and then everything was a blur! I had several photographs taken, interviews and a chat with Chris and the judges.
^ All the winners and Chris
^ Before the winners were announced!
^ My photography friends; Josh and Amy
^ All the category winners and Chris.
Check out Part 2 to find out more about my winning photograph!