Perry Green's David Calvert wins UK Portrait Photographer of the Year
Perry Green resident David Calvert is sitting pretty as UK Portrait Photographer of the Year.
The accolade came from leading trade body the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP).
His portrait of a black Labrador called Elvis impressed the judges, who complimented David on his lighting and composition of the image, especially the challenges he overcame photographing a black dog against a dark background.
In addition to the national title, other entries David submitted earned him a further seven bronze awards.
"In the current situation, it was absolutely wonderful to receive some good news," said David. "I'm particularly thrilled to win this award because it's the first time I've won a national title with a pet portrait. Elvis was such a lovely boy to photograph and I know his owners have rewarded him with extra doggy treats!"
The proprietor of David Calvert Photography has been established as a portraitist for 17 years, specialising in family photos and headshots. Most of his clients come from Bishop's Stortford and the surrounding areas. His work has won 15 national titles and three international awards. He is a fellow of both the Master Photographers Association and the BIPP.
Bishop's Stortford Camera Club member Colin Brister, who won six BIPP bronze medals, has now learned he also impressed the judges in the Federation of European Photographer of the Year 2020 awards, held on Saturday (April 4).
He said: "The award ceremony was supposed to take place in Rome, but cancelled for obvious reasons, so it was held online instead, via a pre-recorded programme on Facebook."
Colin, a former decorator who lives in Barrells Down Road, Bishop's Stortford, said: "It was the first time I've entered a competition of this size. Out of thousands of entries, I received ninth place in the wildlife category, which I was very happy with, but was really stoked to receive the Silver Camera in the sport category."