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Batley School of Art student wins Canon UK competitionShoe photograph by Sam Johnson

Tuesday 15th of October 2013

A photography student at Batley School of Art has won a national photographic competition with a striking image of shoes which he took as a first year student.

The competition was run by Canon UK and was promoted via twitter in conjunction with Vodafone and London Fashion Week.

Sam Johnson, 35 from Hebden Bridge, who is now in his third year of study for a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Photographic Arts, had his winning image tweeted by Canon to all its 18,000 twitter followers as part of his prize.

Sam said: “Canon was looking for images which fitted the brief of ‘Putting shoes in the spotlight.’ I had taken an image as a first year student entitled ‘shoe fetish’ which I felt fitted the brief perfectly so I sent it in. I was absolutely delighted that they chose my photograph as one of the winning images.”

Sam was previously a police officer and then a recruitment consultant prior to making the life changing decision to change career.

“I was in my thirties when I decided that I wanted to pursue my passion for photography. I almost made a snap decision one day that I wanted a change in life direction, so I quit my job and enrolled at Batley School of Art. The course is everything I expected and I would have no hesitation in recommending the course to anyone wanting to pursue a career in photographic arts."

“For me, enrolling on the course was the best decision I ever made. When I complete my course I will be looking to work in fashion and commercial photography, combining my passion with my job,” added Sam."

As well has having his image tweeted by Canon, Sam also won two day passes for London Fashion Week.

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