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Talented Harpenden photographers celebrated in national awards

PUBLISHED: 09:56 11 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:56 11 December 2018

One of the City Break photograph panels which won a Fellowship in Fine Art Photography from The Royal Photographic Society. Picture: Peter Stevens

One of the City Break photograph panels which won a Fellowship in Fine Art Photography from The Royal Photographic Society. Picture: Peter Stevens

© 2018 Peter Stevens peter.stevens@btinternet.com

Talented Harpenden photographers have been recognised in prestigious awards on a national stage.

DIY Disaster by Steve Collins. One of the The Guild of Photographers� Image of the Year nominee images. Picture: Steve CollinsDIY Disaster by Steve Collins. One of the The Guild of Photographers� Image of the Year nominee images. Picture: Steve Collins

Chairman of Harpenden Photographic Society (HPS), Peter Stevens, has bagged a Fellowship in Fine Art Photography from The Royal Photographic Society (RPS).

He submitted a panel of 20 City Break themed photographs to RPS. The pictures capture how a visitor would view London, using multiple exposure techniques to symbolise the blurred and fading memories of attractions.

It was scrutinised as part of a four stage evaluation process by some of the most respected photographers in the country.

Another HPS member, Steve Collins, is in the final of The Guild of Photographers’ Image of the Year Competition, in the commercial and creative and digital categories.

Peter Stevens. Picture: Submitted by Harpenden Photographic SocietyPeter Stevens. Picture: Submitted by Harpenden Photographic Society

The ten best entrants to a monthly online picture competition are picked to go into a yearly final - two of Steve’s photos have been selected out of nearly 12,000 entries across 2018.

Steve said: “I am absolutely over the moon that two of my images, both of which had previously achieved Gold Awards with the guild, have now been selected for the final of the Image of the Year competition. I love photography and put a lot of effort into developing my skills.

“To have two of my images shortlisted for the overall final from the many 1000s submitted across a whole year is really exciting.”

The guild is a highly-respected UK association with members from across the glove.

A Spoonful of Blue by Steve Collins. One of the The Guild of Photographers� Image of the Year nominee images. Picture: Steve CollinsA Spoonful of Blue by Steve Collins. One of the The Guild of Photographers� Image of the Year nominee images. Picture: Steve Collins

Guild director Lesley Thirsk said: “One of the guild’s aims is to drive standards and creativity amongst photographers. Our competition certainly does that, for the standard of the entries we see each month is quite staggering.

“To have an image recognised by the guild in the monthly competition is difficult enough, so to have two images selected for the end of year final is without doubt an incredible achievement, and shows just how talented Steve is.”

The winner will be announced in Cheshire on February 2, 2019.

Peter has been included in national and international exhibitions, and can also be found at local art fairs, such as Harpenden’s Art on the Common.

See Peter’s City Break panel at www.peterstevensphotography.co.uk

Follow Steve on Instagram @stevecollinsphoto

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