A PHOTOGRAPHER from Dumbarton has snapped his way to success after picking up 14 awards at a national ceremony recognising excellence in the industry.

Gordon Russell, who lived in the town for more than 30 years before moving to Clynder, was delighted with his haul after attending the Master Photographers Association (MPA) Scottish region annual awards on Tuesday, March 26 in Grangemouth.

The 38-year-old runs his business, Angus and Amelia Photography, from a large studio near Rosneath and is regularly booked to cover weddings and large events.

However, it was his specialist skills in new born, children’s and family portraiture which caught the eye of the MPA judges.

The former Knoxland Primary and Dumbarton Academy pupil said: “To say I was over the moon is an understatement.

“There were more than 900 entries submitted this year to the awards, and to walk away with such recognition for my work is an honour.

“I’m qualified as a Master Photographer at Licentiate level and after my success at the awards this year I am now looking to take my photography and business to the next level.

“I aim to qualify as an Associate of the Master Photographers Association.

“The more I continue to push myself and achieve qualifications in my field, the greater a service I can offer my clients.”

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The MPA was established in 1952 and is one of Britain’s longest running associations for professional photographers with a focus on mentoring, training and qualifying to the highest of industry standards.

It is the UK’s leading qualification body exclusively for the professional wedding, portrait and commercial photographer and Gordon’s work was recognised in six different categories at the annual awards bash.

His pictures were selected in the baby portrait, classical portrait, reportage wedding, monochrome, animals and pets and most promising categories, earning Gordon a total of 13 merit awards and one award of excellence.

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