Winning at the British Institute of Professional Photography Awards 2015.

Seeing some truly brilliantwork &winning at the British Institute of Professional PhotographyNational Awards2015.

BIPP National Photography Awards Winners 2015 (I'm top right!)

BIPP National Photography Awards Winners 2015 (I’m top right!)

A few weeks ago, I had the honour of attending theBritish Institute of Professional Photograph (BIPP)‘s annual ProfessionalPhotography Awards 2015.

These awards – this year held at the rather grandHartwell House-celebrate the strength, breadth and quality of the work produced by BIPP members, across fields as diverse as portrait, fine art, science & technology, visual arts andwedding photography, not to mention categories for yet-to-qualify members, and an Open Award.

And they were also the occasion for handing out Awards to thetop Licentiate, Associate andFellow qualifiers from 2014.

First and foremost, it was pretty special being in a room full of fellow photographers, many of whom have spent decades working in the profession, but of course, the chance to see their work, and observe the way they have found time to be creative, while earning a living, was a real inspiration. The meal wasn’t bad either!

The Winners

Personally, I was particularly struck by Hasselblad Master Bryn Griffiths extraordinary Best Fellowship-winning project, shot in the radiation exclusion zone at Chernobyl, and byDavid Bull FBIPP’s2014 Fox Talbot Award-winning images of Rolls-Royce jet engines.But there was so much to admire.

But don’t just take it from me…

All the winners can be viewed onlinehere, and you can check out the the qualification awards galleryhere.

Some personal recognition

Last and least, personally, I was delighted to win a Bronze in the Portraiture category, as well as getting a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Peter Grugeon Award for Best Associateship 2014.

Awards aren’t why we shoot the photos or projects we do, but in a pressured commercial environment, they offera timely step back to appreciate the skill and creativity of each other’s work, and getting these small nods is a real incentive to produce bigger and better work in the future.

Michael Wharley ABIPP - Highly Commended Peter Grugeon Associateship (1)Michael Wharley ABIPP - Bronze in Portraiture

 

24/02/2015 MW