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Jonathan Oakes

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Jonathan's career began after graduating from the renowned Blackpool & Fylde College as Student of the Year. He immediately began to assist photographers working in the advertising industry and was successful in achieving first place in the Association of Photographers Assistants awards.

In 1988 Jonathan founded his own studio in central Manchester which still functions as his creative hub today. His portrait work has, over the years, achieved a number of successes including in the Association of Photographers Awards, having images selected in 2009, 2010 & 2015. In 2011 a portrait image was awarded "Best in Category".

Jonathan's photography has featured regularly in the SUN Awards and on three occasions, including 2011 one of his pictures has been judged "Best Overall Image". He has also received a D&AD Award for his work for John Moores University.

In 2011 Jonathan held a personal exhibition of his work entitled SEE33, a retrospective comprising 33 images ranging from his early career to date.

One of Jonathan's portraits, of the actress Maxine Peake, has been recently exhibited as part of a special exhibition of "Portraits by Contemporary Photographers" at the National Portrait Gallery, Rm 39a. The portrait is part of the gallery's permanent collection.

Jonathan continues to devote himself to personal projects alongside commercial commissioned work.

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