Friday 25th September saw the 2015 Scottish Press Photography Awards take place in Glasgow with New Wave Image UK, Malcolm McCurrach, winning two photography category awards – one for Arts and Entertainment and another for portrait photography.
The awards themselves aim to profile the work of press photographers across Scotland and are divided into nine photography categories: News, Arts and Entertainment, Portrait, Politics, Sports Action, Daily Life and People, Sports Features, Nature and The Environment, Reportage, and an overall Photographer of the Year Award, this year won by Garry McHarg.
Speaking of his achievement Mal said “I really am very honoured to have been recognised by my peers in this way. I feel the awards bring positivity to the profession and do a lot to profile the excellent work of my colleagues across Scotland. We live in challenging times in an unpredictable industry. With decreasing client budgets and austerity I’m glad to see that organisations still recognise the importance and value that photography brings to their communications. Really, I just wanted to show my support for the awards by submitting my entries. I am delighted and proud to have achieved first place in two categories.” Malcolm McCurrach | New Wave Images UK
Malcolm won the Arts and Entertainment category for creating a single, published event photography image of jousting at Linlithgow Palace (above), which illustrated the staging of, or background to, a performance or aspect of arts and entertainment. Malcolm also won the Portrait category by creating a planned or posed photograph where the subject or subjects were aware that a photograph was being taken and revealed the essence of the subject’s character. In this case it was Philip Archer, Principal of the Leith School of Art, with Hans K Clausen’s exhibit ‘Before Present‘ (left).
“Pictures paint a thousand words and are more often remembered than the accompanying words. Good journalists are rightly celebrated and we feel that good photographers should also be recognised for the work they deliver on a consistent basis. They often go to great lengths and a degree of personal danger to get the shots that grab the attention and stop the page from turning. A single frame can encapsulate a whole story.” Scottish Press Photography Awards website.
As we’ve said elsewhere in this site, great photographers can convey a story within one image. That often becomes really important when your message needs more than just words to convey an emotion … or column inches are scarce. That’s why the Scottish Press Photography Awards (SPPAwards) felt that press photographers should be recognised for the consistently high quality of work they deliver.
The SPPAwards say this about the scheme on their website:
“Photographers often go to great lengths and a degree of personal danger to get the shots that grab the attention and stop the page from turning. Those at the sharp end of press photography feel that it is right to highlight and applaud the work of their peers.
Everybody thinks they are a photographer these days, whether they shoot a family wedding or publish selfies on the net. However, the results are often exposed when compared to images that are published on a daily basis in newspapers, magazines and the net when taken by a professional. Professional photographers have invested time and money in the drive to get the best quality image on a day to day basis.
Some iPhone graduates can get lucky and capture a great image. However, professionals are out there every day making sure they are lucky more often than not. The Awards highlight the range of skills employed by professional photographers.
Being associated with a quality product that is available in hard copy and multi-media, at no significant expense for the end user, will place sponsors in the subconscious of everybody who has an interest in news, fashion, PR, sport, politics, celebrity, nature, travel, etc.
The awards winning images are sent to national and local press along with magazine and internet exposure with your company name associated with the Awards”.