Local photographer wins International Newborn Photographer of the Year
Entertainment / Tue 25th Jan 2022 am31 09:11am
THE winning image was selected from thousands of entries into the prestigious Master Photographer International Awards and was announced virtually on Saturday night. Initial plans for an incredible awards ceremony in London were put on hold thanks to rising Covid concerns, so the MPA (Master Photographer Association) took the decision to hold them online with a select number of winners receiving their award in person with surprise visits from their company Directors.
“The whole family were watching with me” beams Rachel “and we were literally jumping in the air when we saw my images appearing on screen as a finalist! As my name was announced as the Newborn Category Winner, the doorbell rang and I was over the moon to see the MPA chairman Ray Lowe and MPA Director and fellow photographer, Ian Boichat standing there with my trophy!”
“We were keen to find a way to make it extra special” comments Ian, which is why we arranged to present the trophies to some of the UK winners in person. I’ve always been a fan of Rachel’s photography, which only seems to get better every year and this win is testament to her hard work.”
Commenting about her win, Rachel said: “The last few years have been really difficult as a photographer, with nearly 6 months downtime because of Covid restrictions. I am in total shock and feeling a tad emotional about it too! I love being a photographer but didn’t dare to dream I could have won this and I am so so proud!”
The winning image features a beautiful baby boy, just 10 days old within a stunning set up of Autumn leaves around a leaf shaped bowl. The judges commented on it’s beautiful tones and use of props to create a timeless and stunning portrait of a newborn baby.
Award winning photographer, Rachel Sloan, works from her studio in Hatfield Heath just outside of Bishops Stortford and specialises in pregnancy and newborn photography. “I just love meeting these new families and creating pieces of art for their families to enjoy for years to come” comments Rachel. “Each shoot is different and tailormade for every client according to their taste, with a little sprinkling of creative magic from me! This award means so much to me in recognition of all the hard work and effort, which goes into every shoot”.