These are awarded for the best professional photography executed by photographers based in the northern regions of the UK, working within the disciplines of design, advertising, editorial or fashion.
"SUN is a good thing because... its an independent showcase run by photographers outside London, which I think is a very honourable." Andy Cheetham (Creative Director CheethamBell JWT)
The SUN 2007 the judges have yet again selected an astonishing crop of fresh, new images created by photographers from as far North as the Isle of Arran down to the Midlands.
Winner of the Best Image award was John Baxter, a photographer based in Cumbria.
"The shoot was commissioned by New Holland Publishers for a book called No Place Like Home, author Richard Jarman. When setting up the shot I was trying to get the look of a typical English garden scene to contrast with the slightly bizarre background, and included the red flowers to emphasize the contrasts in the picture. It's a straight shot taken on colour transparency film with a Mamiya RB, and there's a sense of whimsy to it that I really like." (John Baxter)
In second place was an image by Rob Evans.
Rather than award third place, the judges took an unprecedented step and gave Merit distinction to seven other images by photographers Carl Hodgson, Jill Jennings, Andrew Livesey, Adam Murray-Brown, Rufus Crosby and Mike Slawski.
In the Best Use of an Image Tim Ainsworth walked away with both 1st place for his picture for Vimto, and 3rd place for his moody demon car image for the IAM road safety campaign. Second place went to Christian McGowan for his image for ASH anti smoking campaign.
The Best Promotion of a Photographer awards went to three web sites 1st Jonathan Oakes , 2nd Jan and Emily Dixon , 3rd Chris Leah .
"SUN is quite a special competition to judge and as always and enjoyable one. I have to applaud this years judges for both their decisiveness and their passion in arguing for their choices. As photographers, designers, editors and exhibition curators of note they are a tough panel to please." - Jon Cohen (chair of judges)
The SUN Awards exhibition continues at the following locations:
16 - 27 November
The Lowry Hotel, Chapel Wharf, Salford, M3 5LH
Viewing times 11am -11pm
6 - 29 February
Design Innovation Centre, The Calls, Leeds
Viewing Monday - Friday
7 March - 6 April
The Biscuit Factory, Stoddart St, Newcastle upon Tyne
About the SUN Awards and Sun Expo Ltd
The Sun Awards recognise and showcase the best commercial photographer in the northern regions of the UK.
Entry is open to all professional photographers working within the disciplines of Advertising, Design, Editorial or Fashion.
The Awards are organised by Sun Expo Ltd, and run by photographers for photographers, designers, art directors and all those who commission or buy photography.
The Sun Awards is a not-for-profit event.