Bexhill photographer in national final

Pupils from Little Common School fetaure in the photograph by Simon Newbury SUS-160501-131907001
Pupils from Little Common School fetaure in the photograph by Simon Newbury SUS-160501-131907001

A talented photographer from Bexhill is hoping his work will triumph in a prestigious national competition.

Simon Newbury has reached the final of the fiercely contested Guild of Photographers Image of the Year Competition.

Simon Newbury's Bugsy Malone inspired picture of Little Common pupils has reached the finals of the Guild of Photographers Image of the Year Competition

Simon Newbury's Bugsy Malone inspired picture of Little Common pupils has reached the finals of the Guild of Photographers Image of the Year Competition

The Guild is a highly respected UK-based association for photographers, which also has members from overseas.

Each year it runs an online monthly photographic competition with awards being given each month to the very best of the entries.

During the course of 2015, the competition attracted nearly 10,000 entries in four categories.

This week, the Guild’s judges have selected just 10 images in the various genres from the very best of the monthly entries, to go forward to the annual final.

And Simon has not one, but two images in that final 10.

Guild director Lesley Thirsk said “One of the Guild’s aims is to drive standards and creativity amongst photographers.

“Our monthly competition certainly does that, for the standard of the entries we see each month is quite staggering.

“To have an image recognised by the Guild in the monthly competition is difficult enough, so to have an image selected as being one of the best 10 in a category for the end of year final is a quite remarkable achievement, and shows just how talented a photographer Simon Newbury is.”

Simon said: “Being a member of the Guild and seeing the exceptional quality of the monthly images has been both inspirational and motivational.

“The two entries feature many of the children from my son’s class at Little Common School and I’d like to thank them and their parents for allowing me to create something so special and unique.

“To have my work recognised and have not one but two of my images selected to go through to the final from the whole year’s entries has made all the hard work worthwhile.

“Fingers crossed for the results.”

Simon’s images, along with the others, will now be printed ready for the final later in January. The overall winner will be announced at a lavish awards night in Cheshire on February 6.

To find out more about Simon’s work, visit www.facebook.com/SimonsArt.

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