Happy to announce a new project with the fabulous folks at Ealing OPEN. I’ll be doing a series of eight workshops over several weekends on various photographic and video topics. Hope you will be able to join me. All bookings can be made via the links below.
We’ll be kicking off the series with a talk about my career and also how I’ve been documenting the COVID 19 lockdown. The talk will be streamed to 200 participants and also due to social distancing, has room for 20 in person. To see more details and book your spot, either for the limited seating or online stream, kindly visit 31 Years Of Photography; Photojournalism and Beyond.
It’s been an absolute honour and a positively stress filled joy, to have been one of the three judges in the RAF‘s annual competition.
The Royal Airforce has trained some phenomenal photojournalists and I would say the top of that list would be Don McCullin, who signed up to National Service in the RAF as a photographic assistant. To be invited back for the second year to judge the work of McCullin’s contemporaries is indeed a special treat.
One certain way of knowing how high the level of photography is in any competition is by looking at how much discussion, heated debate and heart breaking compromise occurs between judges.
Well, I can say that this year, even more so than last year, the debates were passionate. Its also worth noting that Highly Commended places were optionally awarded by the judges, purely because the level of the work was so high and the competition was so close.
Judging of the 13 different categories of the RAF Photographer Of The Year Competition 2019 took place at the RAF Museum, in London. Jim Hedge (Picture Editor at the Guardian), Martin Keene (Press Association Group Picture Editor) and myself spent a day looking through hundreds and hundreds of prints. For the video category, we had access to view the entries beforehand and then spent around an hour together viewing our favourites and discussing the merits of our chosen favourites.
The Image Of The Year (Category L) was a great illustration of the skill of the RAF’s photographers. The winning image by Cpl Ash Keates, titled Concorde, grabbed my attention the second I saw it after entering the judging hall and it stayed with me. I later found it had had the same effect on one of my fellow judges too. A strong sense of composition, colour, technical perfection married to the subtlety of capturing the shadows left by the Red Arrows on the water, raised it from a great picture to a winning photograph.
The four images I’ve shared here show an absolute mastery of craft; bringing not only fast reflexes, but an art of composition, a deep aesthetic sensibility and layers of subtlety. Our task was to choose just one winner, but the work was so good that we decided to also award six Highly Commended places too.
The Photographer of the Year (Category K) was won by a superb portfolio of six images by Cpl Tim Laurence (ACSSU, RAF Halton). Another showcase of mastery of craft, with a varied set of images which worked extremely well together, yet each in their own right shone. Another extremely difficult category to judge with much debate and discussion as the level of work was so high. Cpl Laurence also had his phenomenal photograph titled Stargazer (of a Chinook at night) highly commended in the Image Of The Year category.
First place in the Video (Category D) section goes to SAC Ed Wright (Photo ACSSU) for Fortune Favours the Bold. Finland will be the host nation of Bold Quest 19.1 held in April-May 2019. Bold Quest 19.1 is a multinational joint fires interoperability demonstration and assessment event sponsored and facilitated by the United States Joint Staff.
The People’s Choice-Vote Now!
During the judging process, these nine images made it to our People’s Choice board. Have a look at the stunning photographs and make your vote (It’s a quick, one click vote).
Behind The Scenes
It really is a joy talking about great images, championing favourites and being treated to so many great images. Many congratulations on all the winners, all who were highly commended and my best wishes to all who entered their fantastic work. I’ve only shared some of the winners here, but do pop by the RAF Photographers’ Instagram to see more work. You can also find them on Facebook.
Here’s a video prepared by the RAF, part of which is a behind the scenes look to the work done by their photographers and also gives a glimpse of the judges at work.
Photographer and film maker Edmond Terakopian after a video shoot in the Barclays building in Canary Wharf. Barclays, 1 Churchill Place, London. Photo: David Sandison
Very happy to share that the team at Speak Media have won the Digital Impact Awards Best Corporate Website gold award for their work for Barclays. I’m thrilled to be part of this multi award-winning team and been fortunate to help with his project with shooting various videos for Barclays’ award winning website. It’s been a joy to work with such a talented group of people.
Edmond Terakopian wins a commended award in the Videographer of the Year category for his short film “Taxi Driver” in the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery COmpany, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Bruce Adams
The awards dinner was held at the Honourable Artillery Company on City Road and attended by the best of the best press photographers and picture editors in the UK. As always, a great evening to catch up with friends and colleagues, drink some wine, and have conversations ranging from equipment, anecdotes and ending up with the inevitable “good old days” tales.
Drinks reception ahead of the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
Alan Sparrow, Chairman of the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
Andrew Parsons speaks at the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
UK PICTURE EDITORS’ GUILD CHAIRMAN’S AWARD. Ken Lennox, former picture editor of the News of the World and The Sun. UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
MP Sadiq Khan co-presented teh awards. UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
Journalist and TV presenter Kate Silverton prsents the awards. UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
James Glossop, The Times, SHUTTERSTOCK PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2015. UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
I’d like to extend my thanks to chairman of the awards Alan Sparrow and all the picture editors who formed the judging panel.
The film was shot using two Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras and various Olympus M.Zuiko lenses. The audio was recorded on an Olympus LS-100 audio recorder. I used a variety of Rode microphones, ranging from the Lavalier and VideoMic Pro, to the Stereo VideoMic X.
Thrilled to share some great news! Honoured to have been selected as a finalist in the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards for my short film, Taxi Driver. The highly-acclaimed UK Picture Editors Guild Awards competition is distinctive in that panel of judges consists only of working picture editors from national and regional newspapers, and international photo agencies, assessing the thousands of entries from professional photographers from throughout the media.
I’d like to congratulate all my fellow finalists and look forward to seeing you all on the award’s ceremony.
The short film is a look at a day in the life of a London black cab driver. It was shot on a pair of Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras and a selection of M.Zuiko lenses. Full details here.