Derby-based photography company, Mackney Photography, has won a prestigious gold award in the 2018 BIPP Professional Photography Awards.
The awards, which are held annually in London by the British Institute of Professional Photography, took place last week on March 1 where Simon Mackney picked up gold for his series of commercial portraits titled ‘PB Sports’.
Simon’s images which feature athletics, basketball and cricket, were selected for gold out of hundreds of entries from many countries.
The award is a true achievement – five separate images must be entered for the judges to scrutinise.
Simon, who co-owns Mackney Photography with his wife and business partner, Wendy, has been in the photography business for over 15 years and seen his company expand and evolve.
This is the first ever gold for Simon at the BIPP Professional Photography Awards, which celebrate the very best international photography.
Simon said: “I am truly thrilled to have won gold at this year’s BIPP awards. It’s a tough competition to enter and the standards are extremely high. We wanted the images to be very high end, inspirational images; we used our fast flash high spend studio lighting to freeze the action, capture that moment in time, freezing athletes in motion flying onto crash mats.
“I feel I have created powerful imagery which fortunately the judges agreed with.”
The photos were shot on green screen then worked on by the Mackney creative digital in-house team. Simon was able to work very closely with several upcoming athletes, to create fresh, modern and smart photography.
Simon Mackney Photography is the commercial arm to Mackney Photography; where Simon oversees an experienced team of creative professionals to deliver photography services across a range of genres – including corporate, industrial, product, architecture, sports and food.
Simon and his team specialise in working with sports brands and athletes – with former subjects including Team GB Bobsleigh team, Derby County FC, Leicester FC, and multi medal-winning international triathlete, Dave Scott.
Simon’s new state of art commercial studio opened up in 2017 to provide dedicated facilities for commercial photo shoots.