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AWARDS 2019 WINNER FOCUS: Nicky Hamilton

5 February 2020

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For two years consecutively, Nicky Hamilton's work not only won over the judges in the Open Award but he was discovered and signed by his current agent - Process.  Proof that entering Awards can open many doors for you. Read on to find out more about his captivating winning series from the 2019 Awards.

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Tell us more about your winning series, what’s the story behind them? 

My series ‘Take Me Away’ depicts the life and times of Canton House, a Chinese take away which opened in the UK in the early 60’s by the Yau family after emigrating from Hong Kong in search of a better life. The 15 piece tableau portrays a melting pot of modern day Britain exploring culture, class and the lonely act of waiting.

 

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Can you tell us something surprising about the images?

The project was shot on a set build as a replica of the shop as I wanted to shoot on a longer lens and to also use a lot of lighting. I worked closely with the owner who loaned the shops original artwork and also featured in the series as the proprietor. 


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What impact has being a winner in last year’s awards had on your career? 

Winning an AOP award has been great, it’s opened the door to many meetings and has created plenty of new working relationships. 


What does the AOP do for you? 

It offers me support, exposure and a wealth of knowledge. It’s been great being apart of the AOP. 


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Will you enter the next awards?

Absolutely. I’m using the next AOP awards deadline as a goal to complete my new series. 

 

Have you got any advice for photographers considering entering the next awards?

Enter work that you would be proud to hang on your walls. 


Find further information on the Awards 2020 here

 

View more work by Nicky Hamilton in Find

 

The Open Award deadline for entries is 2 April 2020.




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