Further to my seven Merit Awards for the MPA National Awards, I was particularly pleased to get an Award of Excellence in the hotly contested Children category. It was an image also got me a runner up position in the London Portrait Group quarterly competition a few weeks ago. This was the image:
The full Press Release from the MPA said the following:
Enfield based photographer Panikos Hajistilly has reached the final in a major national photography award.
Panikos was presented with an Award of Excellence for reaching the final in Children category in the 2011 Master Photography Awards. Panikos beat-off stiff competition to make the final cut, with other leading photographers from across the world all striving for recognition in the awards.
Hundreds of professional photographers from around the world were joined by
representatives from the major photographic companies at the glittering Awards
ceremony held at the Hilton Hotel in Newcastle.
Following on from Panikos’ recent success in winning the 2011 London & Essex Landscape Photographer of the Year, as well as three more Awards of Excellence in Pictorial & Fine Art Photography, Panikos now adds the title of 2011 Master Photography Awards Finalist to his growing list of awards.
Based in Winchmore Hill, Panikos specialises in Baby, Family, Wedding and
Landscape photography. He has also generated thousands of pounds of much needed
funds for schools with a very simple scheme that any school can take up.
The Awards, run by the Master Photographers Association (MPA), is one of the most prestigious within the photographic profession. Membership of the association is restricted to full time professional photographers who must qualify to the minimum required Licentiateship standard. The organisation exists to promote and maintain
standards of excellence and professionalism within the photographic industry.
MPA Chief executive, Colin Buck was delighted with this year’s entries and paid tribute to Panikos’ success: “All submissions were judged on the same criteria – artistic merit, good use of lighting, composition and print quality. The standard of the entries this year was possibly the best ever, with a record number being awarded merit prizes. Being a finalist in our awards is a huge honour for any photographer and I’m delighted for Panikos. I’m sure this feat will help them further their careers. They are a credit to the
Association and a credit to their profession!”
For further information on Panikos, please visit www.panikosphoto.com or call 020 8447
So, my visit to Newcastle was not in vain! In fact its given me the desire for more awards & that’s what I hope to get next time!