Teen Wins Top Photography Award - Just a Year after Taking It Up; Injuries Playing Badminton at International Level Opened Door for Curtis, 15, to Win Prizes at a New Hobby

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Teen Wins Top Photography Award - Just a Year after Taking It Up; Injuries Playing Badminton at International Level Opened Door for Curtis, 15, to Win Prizes at a New Hobby


Byline: Peter Collins

TALENTED South Wales teenager Curtis Fowler has become one of the youngest ever photographers to gain a coveted distinction from one of the world'smost prestigious photographic societies.

Curtis, 15, a pupil at Barry Comprehensive School, first picked up a camera just over a year ago.

But since then he has won a series of important prizes and awards, culminating with the distinction of a Licentiateship from the Royal Photographic Society. The Licentiateship is the first rung on the ladder to being awarded a Fellowship of the society.

Had it not been for several injuries Curtis suffered while playing badminton for Wales at international level, he might never have discovered his remarkable gift for photography.

Speaking at his home in Hinchsliff Avenue, Barry, Curtis said: "I played badminton internationally, but kept getting injured all the time. I hurt my leg and decided to give it up.

"I went to the Barry Camera Club, which is just down the road from

us. I enjoyed the creativity and was inspired by other people's photographs."

Despite having no formal training, Curtis quickly developed his talent and, within a few months of picking up a camera, was shortlisted for Digital Camera magazine's Photographer of the Year award for photographs entitled Splash Of Orange.

Using his Canon Eos 400d camera, Curtis went on a family holiday to Kenya last month and took a series of pictures of animals and people there.

He submitted 10 mounted photographs to the Royal Photographic Society, of which he is now a member.The society was so impressed that they awarded him the Licentiateship and are now using his photographs in training workshops.

"I was delighted," said Curtis. "I've pretty much been thrown in at the deep end with photography. …

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