Student photographer snaps up international award

"To be recognised at such a high level after such a relatively short time goes to show that you pave your own way to success."

Ben Wareing, BA (Hons) Journalsim

A Staffordshire University student has been named the 2nd Best Student Photographer in the World 2018.

First year BA (Hons) Journalism student Ben Wareing, 19 from Preston, has received the accolade from international news photography agency Alamy Images.

Self-taught photographer Ben, who only began taking photos two years ago, said: “It's really an unbelievable sense of pride. Pride at how far I've come. To be recognised at such a high level after such a relatively short time goes to show that you pave your own way to success.”

Alongside his studies, Ben has travelled across the country to capture photographs of major events including TRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Royal Wedding. He also documented the aftermath of the Manchester Arena terror attack from midnight on the night of the bombing, through to four days later.

He said: “I live for the connections I make and the new places I see on a weekly basis. And to see the end product of photographs that capture a historic moment, in a human way that elicits a human response, really drives me harder every week.”

Ben was invited back to cover the one year anniversary of the attack and photographed HRH Prince William, Prime Minister Theresa May and various other political party leaders on their entrance and exit to Manchester Cathedral for a private commemoration service with the families and first responders affected by the attack.

“It was emotional, but important, and really was an iconic moment in history - to show Manchester as a city that remembers, but more importantly, a city that heals and gets on with things with Mancunian grit and Mancunian spirit.”

In addition to the title, Ben's profile and images will be permanently placed on the 'featured photographers' section and advertised to all subscribers of Alamy Images.

Alamy Images praised Ben's work on the website saying: " Shooting live news images can be difficult, but Benjamin's of-the-moment images are striking enough to cause a reaction."


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