Here I am, stood shaking hands with Derek Birch, President of the Royal Photographic Society, on September 9th. I am being awarded the Vic Odden Award 2014 ‘For a notable achievement in the art of photography by a British photographer aged 35 or under’. Very pleased to have Empire recognised in this way, and very much enjoyed being part of the proceedings.
It was particularly interesting seeing others who have been in the industry for a substantial part of their lives, receiving awards for their substantial achievements over many years. Brian May was there too.
The Centenary Medal was awarded to Steve McCurry – recognised for his many awards over the year and his input into contemporary photography for over than thirty years.
The Progress Medal was awarded to Tim Webber, who oversaw all the visual effects and was on set during the production of the film Gravity. Webber invented the Light Box – a gigantic cube of LED lights that allowed for an actor to remain still whilst the cube moves around them, giving the impression it is the actor in movement – and therefore appearing to float in space.
The Outstanding Service award was given to Terence Pepper who joined the National Portrait Gallery in 1975, he was made Curator of Photographs from 1978 until January 2014.
Harry Borden was also given an honorary fellowship to the RPS for his outstanding work as a portrait photographer.
For info on all the other awards click here.