Thurrock’s own Master of Photography

Photo: Wayne Cricklow

Local photographer to appear on Sky Arts

A talented hobbyist photographer from Thurrock has made it through to the final of a worldwide photography competition, making it to the final ten from thousands of applicants.

Wayne Cricklow, 50, from Chafford Hundred, impressed producers, in a rigorous application process to star in the third series of Master of Photography – featuring later in the month on Sky Arts; the programme is a collaboration between production countries across Europe.

From the initial application in which Wayne sent examples of his work and a video profile, he was invited to undergo a Skype interview and several weeks later a call came through from Italy informing the photographer that he had made the final . Filming began in January but Wayne is tight-lipped about the outcome, not wanting to spoil the result before the series is broadcast in a couple of weeks.

Describing the show’s premise as ‘The Great British Bake-off with cameras’, as part of the competition the finalists are set photographic challenges by three judges who the contestants then present their work to for critique.

Wayne said: “As an amateur photographer, the show really pushed me out of my comfort zone. It requires you to dig deep and work to tight deadlines.

“Throughout the series, we were made to display a range of styles from portrait to cinematic to conceptual.”

Self-taught and describing himself as a street photographer, Wayne’s day job is in the city and he has no intentions on a career change yet, but, he aims to continue to document real life through his photographs.

He added: “Photographers are historians and it is our responsibility to keep a record for future generations. In this social media of throwaway images, I think it’s important to tell real, living stories through photographs.”

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