Metal photographer Martin Hobby won an award for a photograph taken at last year’s BLOODSTOCK festival:
'Event Photographer of the Year 2011' was awarded to Dartford based photographer Martin Hobby. The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) presented Martin with this prestigious accolade at their 2011 annual awards ceremony. The dinner was hosted this year by SWPP’s own Juliet Jones and television presenter Philippa Forrester.
The image that clinched the award was taken at the Bloodstock Heavy Metal Festival and depicts the crowd empathetically cheering. The judging panel commented:
“ The emotion of the image was caught at just the right moment and makes the viewer wish that they were there.”
Martin obscured the efforts of many worldwide members of the SWPP, who submit images in a variety of disciplines to a monthly competition. Each image is categorised gold, silver, bronze or unclassified. Over the course of the year gold status images are considered for the celebrated 'Photographer of the Year' awards. Across the thousands of entries, with competitors ranging from those new to the industry to seasoned veterans - only three nominations exist for each category.