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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
When Paul Coghlin acquired his first camera as a 13-year-old and took up photography as a hobby, he could never have imagined that he would one day win a prestigious international competition for professional snappers.
The 46-year-old, from Great Waldingfield near Sudbury, has just been named “Photographer of the Year” at Professional Photography Awards 2013. What is even more remarkable is that it is the second time the self- taught artist has taken the coveted title, having also won it in 2010.
Mr Coghlin’s winning entry this year was a portfolio of five images entitled Equilibrium for which he also received a gold award in the visual arts category of the challenge.
Although he did not study photography at college, he has worked to gain professional qualifications including a fellowship from the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), which is awarded for distinguished and exceptional ability and creativity.
He said it was a “shock” to pick up the award once, let alone twice. He said: “Having developed my interest in photography in the mid 90s, it wasn’t until I switched to digital around 2006 that I started to think about doing it as a business. The BIPP usually encourages people to send in single images for the competition but this year’s brief was to send in five images that all have to work together visually as a series.
“It was the first time I had worked in that way to a specific brief so I wasn’t sure how it would go down with the judges.”
The awards are open to photographers who are members of the BIPP and they celebrate the very best work from the UK and internationally.
At an awards ceremony in Buckinghamshire earlier this week, institute president Roy Meiklejon said: “It is an honour to acknowledge the achievements, pure skill and dedication of professional photographers. Those who have received awards produced some beautiful and original images which truly stood out from the crowd and encompassed what being a professional photographer is really about.”
Visit www.bipp.com/awards to see the winning images.