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CCLRC photographer awarded prestigious Fellowship

CCLRC photographer awarded prestigious Fellowship - Stephen, who lives in Harwell Village, is one of nine people from the UK and abroad to be awarded Fellowships this year.

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CCLRC photographer awarded prestigious Fellowship

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CCLRC (The Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils) photographer, Stephen Kill, has been awarded a Fellowship of the prestigious British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP). Fellowship is the highest qualification attainable with the BIPP and recognises distinguished individual ability and exceptional standards of excellence.

On hearing the news, Stephen said, “I am really pleased to have been awarded my Fellowship and am looking forward to the dual challenge of maintaining the standard of work of a Fellow and helping fellow photographers climb the qualifications ladder. Now I can look forward to the awards ceremony being held at Coventry in October.

Eric Jenkins, manager of UKAEA Image Resources in Harwell, Oxfordshire, has been Stephen’s mentor since October 2001. Eric said, “Stephen has achieved the highest qualification that the Institute offers. He worked incredibly hard to achieve this and it also shows that the mentoring scheme we use really works. The images he produced are excellent examples of scientific photography - Stephen does a terrific job raising the profile of scientific photographers.

To qualify for the Fellowship, Stephen worked hard in his spare time to produce a portfolio of twenty of his best eye-catching images drawn from the world of science and technology. Stephen produced a ‘Working Profile’ document explaining how and why these images were taken and how they have been used. The document also explained Stephen’s working philosophy and the Health and Safety issues involved in his photographic work.

Eric said Stephen’s Working Profile was very well received by the interview panel in Cambridge - in fact, they liked it so much they suggested it should be supplied to future candidates as an example of best practice!

The images in the Working Profile reflect the diversity of scientific research and engineering undertaken by the CCLRC, and range from photos of miniaturised electronics components and instruments used on space missions, to components for high power lasers and architectural shots of scientific facilities under construction. One of the images has been used as the background image on a credit card!

Stephen said he is very grateful to Eric Jenkins for his help and support over the years, “I can readily vouch for the mentoring process. It was hard at times having your prized work dissected but I can now look back and see the value of tapping into Eric's experience.

The Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils is one of eight UK research councils and is one of Europe's largest multidisciplinary research organisations supporting scientists and engineers across the world. It operates world-class large-scale research facilities, provides strategic advice to the government on their development and manages international research projects in support of a broad cross-section of the UK research community.

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