The Royal Photographic Society has awarded its first Multimedia and Narrative (MMN) Fellowship to Peter Hayes FRPS.
Peter has covered major world events ranging from the miners’ strike to G8 summits. His films have included films on subjects as varied as hunting, the evangelist Billy Graham, Glastonbury Festival and extremism in British politics. He has also interviewed every Prime Minister from Edward Heath to David Cameron.
Since taking up stills photography Peter has specialised in street and travel images. He won the Daily Telegraph travel photograph competition last year and his image "Dior, New York" is currently on exhibition at the RAC Club, Pall Mall. He is also Photographer-in-Residence at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham - the largest hospital in Europe.
Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, Director-General, said: "The Society was at the cutting edge of photographic technology in 1853. The new Multimedia and Narrative Distinction means that it will keep up with current developments in image making as people across the globe use mobile phones, iPads and other devices to capture images, both still and moving. This pioneering new Distinction encompasses moving images, audio visual sequences and multimedia productions to give them a platform for their work.
I am delighted that Peter Hayes is the first recipient of a Fellowship in this new field, which is an exciting development for The Royal Photographic Society."
Roger Reynolds FRPS, Chair of the RPS Distinctions Advisory Board added: "Peter’s TV career has spanned 30 years of film and documentary making for ITN, ITV and the BBC as producer, director, editor and presenter. His wealth of experience from the world of moving image will help us to maintain the gold standard of our Distinctions across all areas of image making. I’m delighted to welcome him on board as The Society’s newest Fellow."
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