8000 images were entered into the competition from 60 countries and two of Hamish's images 'Saffron Fields of Pampore' and 'Train Trader - Myanmar' not only reached the finals but were placed 2nd in their respective categories; Politics of Food and Food for Sale.
The images were unveiled in the Finalists' exhibition in front of an audience of five hundred guests at a glittering Champagne Taittinger reception packed with celebrities from the food and photography world, at the Mall Galleries, London on Tuesday 24 April 2018. Host for the evening was the legendary TV presenter and chef Prue Leith.
Describing the first image, 'Saffron Fields of Pampore' he explains, ''Shot on location in the saffron fields east of Srinagar and Dal Lake in Kashmir. I was out researching and scouting locations there in November and had heard about the drought caused by the badly managed and planned irrigation system that feeds this essential area with water.''
Of the 2nd image, 'Train Trader - Myanmar', he tells us, ''this image and its series followed the simple and humbling lives of the local ladies who ride Myanmar's
(Burma) antiquated yet beautiful old trains, complete with their wooden seats and open doors, rattling around all over this scenic country now open for tourism and business. These ladies ride the train selling everything from freshly cut mango to deep fried tempura and fresh fruit and vegetables''.
Hamish gained his M.A in Photography, and holds Fellowships with many of the country's Professional Photographic Associations including the 'British Institute of Professional Photography' and is an Associate of 'The Royal Photographic Society'. His career spans 30 years in professional photography, university education, teaching and mentoring.
His business Photographic Journeys, based in Leamington Spa, was born and developed from his deep passion in both photography and travel. It specialises in workshops, tours and holidays for photographers with an emphasis on documentary, travel, food and cultural aspects of countries visited.
Hamish is 53, married and has a step-son Max. Max was also a Finalist in the awards in the unearthed® Food Film Shorts supported by Foodism category for his film 'Dal Lake' which can be seen below
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