At the end of our six-round portrait competition marathon it was the shot that won the final one that’s back again this month as the overall winner, so congratulations to Belinda Buxton!
WE HAD PORTRAITS coming out of our ears, covering every genre from children through to travel through to characters. But it was our final black & white round that not only threw up our overall winner but our Young Portrait winner as well, and congratulations to both Belinda Buxton and Ben Webster on their achievements, which are richly deserved.
“Belinda’s composition is perfect but I simply love the carefully positioned lighting on this shot,” comments Derek Poulston, sales and marketing manager at competition sponsor One Vision Imaging. “The detail it’s achieved is superb, and the overall result is a crisp and precise image with attitude.
“Meanwhile Ben’s image is all about capturing a moment in time, whilst great composition has come from Ben’s good eye for photography. This image certainly captures the mood of this busy environment.”
WINNING STYLE: Pro Photo Portrait Photographer of the year
Belinda didn’t have to go far to find a subject for her winning picture: this is her son, a keen amateur boxer,. “He came to the studio and we created a panel of images,” says Belinda. “I thought a monochrome finish suited the shot, giving it a gritty and emotive feel.”
When she heard the news that she’s won an incredible £1000 spending spree at the One Vision Imaging Pro Lab she had to sit down for a moment. “I consider myself a hard-working professional photographer, making images for my clients to cherish and pass on to the next generation,” she says, “and to have an image of mine win is incredible. I’m so proud, happy, shaking and practically speechless! I would like to thank the magazine for organising such a great competition and One Vision Imaging for providing such a fantastic prize.”
YOUNG Portrait PHOTOGRAPHER of the year
Ben Webster is currently teaching himself the basics of photography and is gaining a remarkable grounding by working as a camera sales assistant, a job with plenty of access to gear!
Despite not yet being full time Ben is already building a thriving business and he’s currently tackling everything from weddings through to street photography. His candid shot, which was taken in Brick Lane Market in London using a Canon 5D Mark III fitted with a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art lens, was taken while he out with his camera.
You can tell that winning the Young Portrait Award means a lot: “Thank you so much for this great prize and honour,” Ben told us. “This image was the start of a great passion of mine in photography, both through photographic styles and genres. This is why this means so much for me to accept this as a young photographer and hopefully one who is on the rise! It was great to win through against such a strong field.”
By Pro Photo Young Portrait Photographer of The Year winner Ben Webster. Opens in lightbox.
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