Last year I was selected as one of the North West based artists for Visual For Business (a service from Arts & Business) and later this month I’ll be exhibiting a selection of my photographs at the ‘Arts & Business: Invest In Art’ seminar alongside seven fellow artists from the North West. Speakers include Ceri Hand founder of Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool’s first contemporary commercial art gallery, with advice on how to spot the perfect piece for your office or home. Gavin Buckley, from Arts & Business, will speak about the unique benefits of bringing contemporary art into the workplace.
The Sony World Photography Awards is a truly global competition. From Argentina to Zimbabwe, over 60,000 photograph entries were submitted this year from 139 different countries. The Honorary Judging Committee, comprising of world-renowned photographers, curators, representatives from leading international photo agencies, publishers and critics made their selection from 36,546 professional and 25,370 amateur photography submissions. I was shortlisted in the Fine Art – Natural History category in February 2009 with my series of black & white photographs documenting starlings in flight.
In October 2008 I applied to be represented by Visual For Business and was delighted to be selected as one of their North West artists towards the end of 2008. Visual is “a unique and flexible service from Arts & Business bringing high quality contemporary art to businesses and their employees”. Its fantastic to feature alongside other artists that I greatly admire and I’m really looking forward to working with the Visual team who have provided an excellent platform for the work of new and emerging creative talent.
In July, I submitted a series of photographs into this years CIWEM Environmental Photographer of The Year Competition.
This international photography competition seeks to “honour photographers who use their ability to raise awareness of environmental and social issues”.
Today I was contacted by the judges who said that my submission had been successful and that they would like to include my photograph Aloha From Blackpool in the exhibition, which is great news.