Pho­tog­ra­pher wows with art­ful land­scape

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

FOR the sec­ond year run­ning a pho­tog­ra­pher has been com­mended in one of the UK’s lead­ing pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tions – his third ma­jor achieve­ment in 12 months.

Mark Hel­li­well, who lives in Tyther­ing­ton, beat off tens of thou­sands of other en­tries from both ama­teur and pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers to have his pho­to­graph com­mended in the UK’s Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­pher of The Year Com­pe­ti­tion, hosted by Take A View.

It has been quite a year for the re­tired com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, who achieved the same feat a year ago and was run­ner-up in the 2014 Ama­teur Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion run by Ama­teur Pho­tog­ra­pher mag­a­zine.

His com­mended im­age, taken close to the Cat and Fiddle Road, will be ex­hib­ited along­side all the suc­cess­ful en­tries in Lon­don Water­loo Sta­tion from the end of Novem­ber un­til Fe­bru­ary 7 next year.

The im­age will also fea­ture in the ninth vol­ume of Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­pher of The Year, pub­lished by the AA, and for sale later this month.

Mark, who lives on Manor Cres­cent, was thrilled to have achieved this ac­co­lade.

He said: “There was an ag­o­nis­ing three-month wait from be­ing told I had been short­listed to re­ceiv­ing the news that my en­try had made it through to the fi­nal.

“And to top it all, I’ve just dis­cov­ered that my im­age is printed full page at the be­gin­ning of the AA pub­li­ca­tion.”

Mark, a mem­ber of Mac­cles­field Cam­era Club, has a great track record, hav­ing won the Barn­aby pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion in 2013.

Since re­tir­ing from As­traZeneca in Au­gust, he spends his time offering work­shops, tu­to­ri­als and one-to-one tu­ition for be­gin­ners in land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy.

To view more of Mark’s work go to markhel­li­well. com.

●● Mark Hal­li­well’s award win­ning land­scape pic­ture, taken close to the Cat and Fiddle. Inset: Mark, from Tyther­ing­ton

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