The successful SUN Awards (Shot Up North) returns to Newcastle's
Biscuit Factory, this month. The exhibtion, which opens on the 9th
March, features superb examples of advertising, design, editorial and
fashion photography. photography shot in the north of England. This
year the high level of competition meant that just 30 out of
a total of 70 entrants had their work accepted.
Following on from strong interest when SUN visited the Biscuit Factory
last year, SUN Organiser, Ed Horwich commented: "This is the
second year that we've held the awards exhibtion here, we've had such
great support from the region. We've seen a significant
increase in the numbers of photographers entering from Newcastle and
the North East. There is impressive representation from local
artists like Mike Slawski and, of course, Mark Westerby who is no
stranger to the Biscuit factory, being a regular
exhibitor in his own right".
The exhibition showcases a diverse range of talent, from From Rob
Withrow's brooding portrait of footballer Wayne Rooney, to breathtaking
landscapes by Mike Henderson and Andew Haslam, and Nick Brown's amazing
action shot of a canoeist heading over a waterfall.
SUN has been running since 1988, promoting commercial work outside of
London, and continues to gain momentum with over forty percent more
photographers entering this year, as they see the value of the exposure
that the awards bring to their work.
Andy Balman, Gallery Director at the Biscuit Factory, one of
this year's judges, was key in selecting the Special Edition series of
framed art prints that will also be for sale alongside the Awards
images. Newcastle company MPS Photographic, of Carliol Square, are
producing the framed prints again this year.
Special Edition features up to forty images from twenty two
photographers. Ed continued: "The Special Edition was an
innovation we created just for our visit to the Biscuit Factory last
year. But the enormous interest and print sales at last year's
exhibition mean it is now a regular feature wherever the SUN Awards are
exhibited. The prints as well as being superb examples of the best
commercial photography are also fantastic images in their own right and
people who enjoy the show can buy their own framed prints of
their favourite pictures."