Toddler’s photo snaps up international award

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A city family played a starring role in a major photography industry awards ceremony this week, after their son’s portrait was selected from a pool of thousands for international recognition.

Austin White’s photograph was singled out by the UK’s largest photography company, Venture Photography, after they participated in a photoshoot at the Venture Milton Keynes studio at Ternion Court.

Photographer Ben Barlow, 24, shot the White family and submitted a photograph featuring their ambitious two year old toddler cheekily riding his dad Paul’s bike into Venture’s annual awards for excellence.

The awards were judged by some of the biggest names in the industry including royal photographer John Swannell, leading music photographer Jill Furmanovsky, celebrated portrait photographer Bella West and Venture’s Creative Director Richard Mayfield. They judged photography taken from across the company’s network of more than 50 studios in the UK, Hong Kong, and the US from the last 12 months.

Austin White’s photograph was entered into the ‘Toddler’ category, showcasing the company’s best work in this area from the last 12 months. From the thousands of images submitted within this category from more than 250 photographers, Ben Barlow’s image was judged to be the winner.

Mum Katie was delighted to find out that her son’s image had stood out from millions of photographs taken by Venture photographers each year, to be displayed in studios worldwide.

She said: “We’re thrilled and honoured that Austin’s photograph has been judged as being good enough to win this award – we knew it was fantastic but it still came as a shock to hear it had been acknowledged in this way.

“Paul’s bike is his pride and joy and was specially made; he is trying to get Austin into cycling at a very young age, so they can enjoy the hobby together when he is older”

“Ben did a brilliant job on our shoot which was lots of fun. The whole process was very relaxed meaning he really got the best from us on camera. The result is our outstanding photographs; this particular one has pride of place in our home.”

The White family’s photographer Ben has worked at the state-of-the-art Milton Keynes studio for just a year.

He said: “This photograph really stood out for us so we had high hopes when we submitted it for the award, but it was still a big shock to hear I’d won at the ceremony this week.

“The White family brought lots of enthusiasm to their shoot which was fantastic as it means the images captured are full of expression and character.

“They were a big hit with the team here and gave us a lot of input and feedback as to the kind of images they were looking for, which made it easier for us to tell their story.

“We get the best from our clients when they put as much effort into the experience as we do and this clearly came through in their winning photograph.”