Winning a leading industry competition has thrown an Edinburgh photography student into the national limelight, allowing him to exchange studies for a full-time career behind the lens.
Oliver Henderson triumphed, winning first prize in Calumet Photographic’s Student Photographer of the Year Competition – launched in partnership with major brands, including Canon, Fujifilm and Epson – in 2015. Oliver only graduated from Edinburgh College just three months ago, but has been working in the industry for several months, landing himself contracts with some major global brands along the way.
The 33-year-old commented on his victory: “Winning the competition really helped me become a photographer almost immediately because Calumet gave me a huge amount of kit including lights and different lenses worth thousands. Winning also helped boost my confidence hugely as I knew I must have some talent. It spurred me on and a year later I’m now working full-time as a self-employed photographer.”
Oliver has also landed several big jobs as a photography assistant, including one for Gillette, which he feels he would not have been employed for had he not won the competition. Oliver continued: “I received a lot of exposure off the back of the contest, which was amazing and made me feel a bit like a minor celebrity for a while. I am extremely grateful to Calumet for the opportunity, which at the time was a bit of a whirlwind.”
This year’s winner for the annual competition will be announced next month and will receive a package of prizes worth over £11,000.
Managing Director of Calumet Photographic, Jon Warner also commented: “The Student Photographer of the Year Competition provides aspiring photographers with an amazing opportunity to showcase their talents to a national audience. Oliver Henderson was a very deserving winner and we are hugely proud that our competition has helped launch his career. We are very much looking forward to meeting this year’s winner and hoping they too, will have the same success as Oliver did.”
The competition, which was launched in August to mark World Photo Day, invited students to upload one photograph. Those who had joined Calumet’s Student Membership were permitted to submit an additional two images to the competition. Membership costs £25 and members receive free gifts worth over £150.
There will also be prizes for the 10 runners-up who will each receive a £20 Calumet Gift Card and a one-year subscription to Professional Photography magazine.
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Major Photography Competition Launches Student’s Career