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30 January 2019

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We catch up with Nicky Hamilton winner of the Open Stills category to find out what impact winning has had on his career since.

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© Nicky Hamilton. Best in Category, Open Stills.


What impact has winning ‘Best in Category’ in last year’s Open Awards had on your career?
A huge amount, there’s been global exposure from interviews and articles via the likes of the BBC, The Guardian and Creative Review but the biggest leap in my career followed the day after the awards when an agent in Kim Pappas at Process got in touch after seeing my work exhibited at the awards, a few meetings later and I joined the Process team!

Can you provide an insight into how the winning image came about?
The image is from my series ‘The Lonely Man’ which explores my childhood relationship with my father. It portrays the night my father tried heroin and told of how he had to lay in the shower fully dressed, crying with disappointment in the low he had reached.


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© Nicky Hamilton


How did you get started in Photography?
I started my carrier when I was 16, working as a web designer for Disney, by the age of 26 I was Head of Art at advertising agency M&C Saatchi and I found photography by working alongside photographers and cinematographers as an art director, wanting more and more to be behind the camera and not beside.


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© Nicky Hamilton


How would you describe your style?
Cinematic. I’m a big fan of cinematography, storytelling through light and composition in order to produce deeply evocative moods.


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© Nicky Hamilton


Have you got any advice for photographers considering entering the Open Awards? And will you be entering!?
It’s such a great chance for the right type of exposure, if you believe in your work then go for it. I’m entering loads of new work this year.



Deadline for Entries is Monday 25 February at 23:59

View more of Nicky's work here


Nicky Hamilton will be on the panel of our forthcoming event: Perfect Commissioning II: Checklists, Clarity & Communication - A Recipe for Success. On Monday 25 February @ Cherryduck Studios.  For more information and to book click here

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