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The 2010 UK Master Photographer of the Year winning image by Michael Dearden – dropping our standards, or pulling up to meet the expectations of a visually aware generation of clients?

THE announcement of the winner of the title UK Master Photogra- pher of the Year caused a flurry of activity on forums and Facebook. This winning image in the UK Contemporary Wedding category, by fashion and lifestyle photographer Michael Dearden, divided opinion more than any recent overall winner. The successful PR coup of a Daily Mirror story the day after the awards night may have heightened feelings about the picture; tab- loid language is, after all, something which is not going to change to show due respect for ‘snappers’. One thing is for sure, it’s for this style that Michael Dearden is known and the creation of the image is a collaboration between subject and photographer. It isn’t reportage, it’s essentially a fashion shot and if this was seen in the context of a fashion advertising campaign few would have questioned its appropriateness. MPA Chief Executive Colin Buck had this to say a few days after the awards.

MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY NOVEMBER 2010 ISSN 2042-0234 Vol 7 No 9 published for the membership of

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“Michael's winning image is about as far from conventional wed- ding photography as you could wish for – it is the perfect example of how today’s professionals push the creative boundaries and show us we should always expect the unexpected from our top photogra- phers.

“Qualified MPA members from around the world submitted im- ages for the annual awards and only the best were shortlisted.” Chairman of judging panel, Henk van Kooten FMPA, paid tribute to the standard of entries.

“The judges look for a true photographic craftsman. A beautifully lit image on its own may not be enough to win – we require a great concept and for this to be coupled with a full range of different skills including direction, design and printing.

“This year gave us some fantastic images and some geat sur- prises. The winner included!” Ryan Wong Tek Yan from Singapore was named as the Overseas Master Photographer of the Year for 2010; his illustrative take on Little Red Riding Hood did not raise as many hackles. For those who criticise the awards or the judging, the answers are simple enough; enter better images yourself in 2011. We have never had a winner complain about their own image. Become a judge. It’s a long haul, even with MPA training. But if you are good enough you can get there and really have your say.


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