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Food Photographer of the Year Awards 2013

At last I can show the image that made me a finalist in the Pink Lady Food Photographer Of The Year Awards. My section was “Food In The Field” and shows an escaped guinea fowl living wild in the Lincolnshire Wolds. The picture was taken while I was covering a pheasant shoot for a client. I’m glad to report that none of the guns were trained on the guinea fowl. It just roosted there nonplussed while all kinds of game birds were shot down around it; pheasants, partridges, wood pigeons, mallards etc.

©Michael Powell 2012

And here’s me next to the framed version at The Mall Galleries, London. Don’t know why I’m smirking….I didn’t win. Must have been the fault of sponsor Taittinger! Thanks to my Photoshop skills I successfully did my flies up! Honestly, you’d think someone would mention it. Thanks to Charlotte Turner, another finalist for taking the shot.

©Charlotte Turner 2013

However, best of all my son Ollie took third prize in his Under 18 section. It’s a belter of a snap of a red chilli splashing into water. He did a green chilli too which I have just uploaded to Getty Images so hopefully some pocket money will be heading his way. Good work Ols! I was a judge of this competition last year and although I enjoyed judging enormously it was great to be free to enter this year. More on the competition and winners here:

©Oliver Powell 2013

Paul Delmar - June 10, 2013 - 6:41 pm

Super site,very strong image style Michael from the Red Arrows to the Drinks…Mike is a high flyer cheers,I like you work.

Margaret Thatcher

Spent yesterday doing imaging on Thatcher’s funeral for The Times. I photographed her countless times around the UK and especially in Downing Street. Unfortunately I can’t find the shots. They must all be filed in The Times Picture Library (my loft). I was in Downing Street when she announced her resignation and still have the press release handed-out that day. Here it is.

Moto Hero Guy Martin

French magazine Moto Heroes has used some of my pictures of Guy Martin well in their latest issue. (What a brilliant magazine. If only I understood French). For those unfamiliar with Guy he is a Lincolnshire born and apparently fearless motorcycle racer. A quick search on youtube of him competing in the Isle of Man TT gives some idea of his talent and tenacity when astride a bike. He has also presented a number of TV documentaries including one on BBC1 spent renovating a narrow boat. He still has a day job as a lorry mechanic, one of the many things fans find endearing. He’s a thoroughly genial chap and good fun to be around and photograph. He lives locally so the shot shown here was done in my studio in Caistor. The other was taken across the road from my studio for The Times at midnight whilst trying not to awaken nearby residents. Locals will recognise the passage next to Sandhams Wine Merchant. For photo-nerds, the red glow is from a second flash with a gel and the smoke was created using plumber’s smoke pellets.

©copyright image Michael Powell

Food Photographer of the Year Finalist

I have been selected as a finalist in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards! This is particularly pleasing as I was a judge last year and know how much goes into the selection process. Even more exciting, my son Ollie is also a finalist in one of the Under 18 sections. Good work Ols! I can’t show the pictures chosen yet as there is an embargo in place. More news to come after the reception at Mall Galleries, London on 23rd April where I shall be either celebrating or crying into my Taittinger sponsored champagne. Tough work!

The Full Monty……almost

Lincoln Editorial Photographer


Here is a portrait I took recently for The Sunday Times of Director and Actor Daniel Evans. Daniel is directing the nationwide theatre tour of “The Full Monty” which kicked-off at The Lyceum Sheffield. I set my lights up in advance and had the idea to use the massive floods at the back of the stage. These are used at the end of the play when the guys strip-off. The lighting technician started on minimum and I kept shouting “higher, higher”. “THAT’S 20000 WATTS!” he replied as we hit maximum. I imagined Mr Scott pleading with Kirk on the bridge that the “dilithium crystals cannae take no more captain” and I think the lights dimmed in Rotherham. My Elinchrom flash heads still coped though. The Full Monty….almost? Well, I couldn’t really ask him to strip off for The Sunday Times. It was VERY warm up there though.