04:30AM, Tuesday 15 April 2014
An Advertiser snapper has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award which could see him crowned as photographer of the year.
Ian Longthorne, 44, could be named as Weekly Photographer of the Year at the Regional Press Awards, run by the Society of Editors, on May 16.
The awards are due to take place at the Lancaster Hotel in London.
Ian, from Basingstoke, said: "It's an honour to be nominated and it's great to get some recognition from the industry and your peers.
"I have some strong competition as there are some great photographers in the shortlist."
Along with Ian there are five photographers on the shortlist, including 2012 winner Stephen Garnett, of the Craven Herald, and Anna Draper, of the Lincolnshire Echo, who was highly commended.
Three photographs were submitted by Ian for the awards, which included a range of subjects and emotions.
These include a picture of Lulu the Jack Russell being reunited with her owner after being rescued, a man with shades on at the Reading Festival and the Household Cavalry marching through Windsor.
Ian, who attended a college in Reading, said: "I am pleased with the pictures because they all tell a story.
"I thought the woman with the dog and the soldiers coming back from Afghanistan showed emotional reunions and the one with the shades was quite a calming picture showing twilight at a festival."
Ian, who hass worked at the Advertiser for five years, has been taking pictures since school and started out by photographing stage productions and attending camera clubs.
He said: "I have always been a photographer, I decided early on it was what I wanted to.
"To win at the Regional Press Awards would be amazing and a real boost to my career."
See the photos submitted by Ian below:
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