Mum’s snaps of son win photographer’s award

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A city mum keen to capture treasured moments of her son’s life is celebrating making it into the Top 10 Photographers of the Year in an international competition.

Rebecca Spencer first picked up a camera seven years ago to photograph her baby son, Theo, and now her images have been recognised by The Guild of Professional Photographers.

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She said: “I wanted to capture the key moments in my son’s life and it has grown into something that I never could have dreamed of.”

Rebecca, who has worked in the local NHS for 20 years, scooped one of the Top Ten awards for 2013 with her selection of photographs of Theo - which made up her very first entry to the competition.

The Guild, established in 1988, is a highly respected body dedicated to enhancing skills in the art, craft and profession of photography.

As part of its demanding annual competition, photographers must submit several images a month for assessment over the course of a year, and only those with the highest combined scores at the end of the year are awarded the Guild’s coveted ‘Top 10’ Photographer award.

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Rebecca said: “What makes this so special to me is that my son was the model in each of my entries, which I guess made my submissions unique.”

She is enthusiastic about helping other parents take better photographs of their own children and helps run an online photography forum called The Photographer Within, which offers support and encouragement.

She adds: “My aim is to inspire other parents to improve the photos they take, having quickly learnt it is the photographer and not the camera that makes a great photo.”

“I would encourage any parent to pick up a camera and have a go.”

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