Staffs photographers steal the catwalk at fashion awards

"I honestly didn't expect to win considering I was up against some great talent. I feel overwhelmed and proud of my achievement and I can see hard work really does pay off."

Georgia Roberts, BA (Hons) Photography

A trio of photography graduates from Staffordshire University impressed at the Midlands Fashion Awards claiming the top three photography prizes.

Now in its 10th year, the Midlands Fashion Awards celebrates creative fashion talent from across the region and is judged by a panel of industry professionals.

Graduate Georgia Roberts was named Photographer of the Year with Nicola Lovell in second place and Fiona Cole coming third.

Georgia said: “I honestly didn't expect to win considering I was up against some great talent. I feel overwhelmed and proud of my achievement and I can see hard work really does pay off.

“It has inspired me even more to continue to work hard on my portfolio, gain industry experience and work with other like-minded individuals.”

Georgia graduated from the BA (Hons) Photography course this summer and has since created a new blog focussing on fashion, beauty and photography with tips on how to work with people for free and how to budget student finances.

Georgia submitted the whole body of work from her final year of studies for the competition and her prize includes the opportunity to work with Style Birmingham magazine on fashion shoots at their studio.

“Gaining the award has already helped as I have made new contacts and can work with people I didn't even know were in my area. It’s great to see that there are so many people in the industry on your doorstep to collaborate with.”

This is the first year that a Photography category has featured in the awards, which were held at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham this month.

Nicole Lovell, who gained second place, has been working as a fashion and portrait photographer since graduating from the Photography degree Staffordshire University in 2016. Fiona Cole graduated from the BA (Hons) Photojournalism course this year and came third for her final year project which promotes diversity in fashion photography, featuring models ranging from UK size 6 to 18.

Founder & Managing Director of the Midlands Fashion Awards Jenny Eason said: “Congratulations to all, very excited to see the high standard and quality of work coming through on the catwalk, along with the exhibitors, stylists and photographers.

“It was very difficult for the judges to decide on the winners and much discussion was had! We wish everyone who took part all the very best and look forward to seeing what they have in store for us in the near future.”

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