Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Good Things on the Horizon for Snapper Steve; Photographer Turned His Hobby into a Full-Time Career

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Good Things on the Horizon for Snapper Steve; Photographer Turned His Hobby into a Full-Time Career

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Byline: KERRY WOOD

USING the changing skyline of the North East as his inspiration, sharp-shooting snapper Steve Mayes has turned a hobby into a vocation.

What started out as a pastime for the 34-year-old is now his bread and butter, with some of the country's most striking buildings housing his work.

And his latest piece, commissioned by Newcastle firm GVA, has seen him win a prestigious award for the second year running.

Shot at night, the winning image shows a panoramic view of the Quayside.

It secured Steve first place in the British Institute of Professional Photography's regional competition. It's the second year Steve has won the accolade since making history in 2009 to become the first photographer in Britain to be immediately allowed entry to the BIPP as an associate member. Having headed north 11 years ago, Steve has recently moved from Gateshead to North Shields, where he lives with his wife and two-year-old daughter. Now a professional photographer, Steve said: "Having been in the North East for more than 10 years, I've absolutely noticed a huge change in the land and cityscape of the region. …

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