DMU student's photo chosen as one of the best student pics of the year

A “timely and thoughtful” shot of an old man in Paris by a De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) student has been named one of the best photos of the year.

Paul Hands, who studies Photography and Video, said he was “really pleased” to have been named a runner-up of the Calumet Student Photographer of the Year 2016 competition.

Paul Hands' image

The 41-year-old from Burbage was recognised for his black-and-white picture of an older gentleman, which was captured in Paris.

The third year student said: “I was on a university trip visiting Paris Photo, which is a major photography exhibition, when I saw the man walk by a painting which looked just like him. In that split second I saw it and captured the shot.

“The only editing I needed to the picture was crop it by 2mm and my usual digital dark room post production. The rest did not need anything doing to it.

“I was really pleased to have been named a runner-up, but also a little disappointed as the winning package of prizes was so amazing and the competition is so well thought of among budding photographers.”

Runner-up Paul Hands

Paul, who has scooped a £20 Calumet gift card and a year’s subscription to Professional Photography, now plans to continue with his degree alongside running his own photography business.

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Calumet Photographic’s annual campaign was developed to encourage artistic photography among up-and-coming student photographers.

Jon Warner, managing director of Calumet Photographic, which has an online shop and eight stores across the country, said: “The judging panel were struck by the timely and thoughtful composition of Paul’s image, which we felt offered a wonderful sense of depth and artistic flair to the shot.”

The national search for the UK’s number one student photographer was launched in partnership with major brands, including Canon, Fujifilm and Epson, and leading industry magazine Professional Photography.

This year the shortlisted entries were reviewed by a panel of judges from the photography world, including Mr Warner, last year’s winner Oliver Henderson and Emma-Lily Pendleton, Editor of Professional Photography magazine.

Posted on Monday 2 January 2017

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