Emily Addis, 25, from Sutton Coldfield, was crowned the winner of the 60 Seconds to Change Your Life competition yesterday at The Photography Show (The NEC, Birmingham), winning a package worth over £15,000 to help kick-start her career in photography, in association with Training byLUMIERE and Nikon.
The competition, which was launched earlier this year, required aspiring photographers to submit a 60-second-long video, describing why they hoped to be considered for the competition and how it would change their life. Following additional challenges, including the submission of a creative selfie and a task to capture an image yesterday around the NEC, the three chosen finalists, Emily Addis, Evie Lewis and Wayne Richards took to the Live Stage at The Photography Show to take part in a live photo shoot in front of a packed audience.
Emily Addis said: ‘I am over the moon to have been chosen as the winner and so grateful to have been selected from such an incredible bunch of creative photographers. I have recently quit my job in retail to follow my aspirations of becoming a professional photographer and taking part in the competition was a case of make or break; I am thrilled to be starting my career!’
The full prize package includes, six months’ training starting September 2017 (Training byLUMIERE), essential kit for business (Nikon D500 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80 VR, Create Branding marketing package, 1 year unlimited subscription to 3XM Client Galleries plus a trip to the Loxley Colour lab along with an extensive range of branded product and marketing supplies and software from Light Blue Software), equipment and insurance (a Manfrotto tripod, LED light and bag, MagSphere and MagBounce from Magmod, a WD My Passport Wireless Pro 3TB, 12 months insurance from Towergate Camerasure) plus one-year subscriptions to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan, including Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC and a subscription to Digital Camera magazine (Future publishing).
Brent Kirkman, owner of Training byLUMIERE and one of the four judges on the panel, said: ‘Emily shone through in all of the competition challenges and we are really looking forward to helping her towards building a successful business in the photography industry.’