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Budding photographers scoop awards

Competition winner gets 1000 to help fulfill his ambitions as a professional photographer

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A budding photographer from the North of England could soon be kick-starting his professional career after scooping the top prize at an awards ceremony.

Paul Floyd-Blake, a student at Bradford College, won the overall award in the competition, entitled This Working Life, for his portrayal of working life at home furnishings retailer Rosebys. As well as a trophy, Paul won 1000 to help him on his way to a career as a professional photographer.

Forty-two students and employees took part in the competition, which aimed to represent interpretations of modern working life. The competition was organised by private equity firm LDC in partnership with Redeye, the North West photography network, and supported by Arts & Business North West - a creative network that encourages the business community to support the arts. The awards ceremony, held at Manchester Arts Gallery, honoured four months work by the photographers.

Paul was praised by the judges, who included curator at Manchester Art Gallery Natasha Howes, for his striking images and attention to detail. Julia Conway from Mid-Cheshire College and Paula Toral from Stockport College were also highly commended for their work.

One of the judges, Paul Herrmann of Redeye said: Paul was chosen as our winner because his work showed real photographic flair as well as a strong mix of ideas and interesting detail."

He added that judging the competition was very difficult as the professionalism and commitment shown by all the students was outstanding.

The employee award was won by Jennifer Mole from Aesica Pharmaceuticals in Cramlington, Northumberland for her image entitled Rainy days and Mondays, which represented her own working life. Mila Bhaktar from Hfs Group was also highly commended for his images.

Rob Pendleton, marketing director for LDC, said: The competition was organised to bring together the arts and leading businesses across the region, and the response we have had from both photographers and local companies has been outstanding." Following it's regional success there are now plans to take the competition national next year.

An exhibition of all the images will now move to Leeds before returning to Manchester on 16 August when it will go on display at the citys Circle Club for two weeks.

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