Photographer snaps up top qualification

Photographer Selina Walton, who has achieved one of the profession's top awards.
Photographer Selina Walton, who has achieved one of the profession's top awards.
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A photographer, who developed her love of the lens when she had her own darkroom as a child, has achieved one of the profession’s top qualifications.

Selina Walton of Clitheroe has been awarded her Licentiateship of the Master Photographer Association after presenting a selection of her work to a top judging panel.

Selina (45) of Clitheroe said: “I am so pleased to have achieved this award with my photography because I love my job photographing babies, families, weddings and also pets and horses.”

The MPA is the qualifying body for professional photographers and is a not-for-profit organisation, committed to working with the trade to raise the standards in professional photography using an industry recognised three tier qualification system.

To gain the award Selina had to submit a panel of portrait photography along with an in-depth working profile about her work and business practises.

Selina studied her art at Blackpool and Fylde College at evening classes and honed her craft at a variety of photography training courses.

Twenty years ago she started doing wedding photography and for the past three years has studied and trained in photography with the Master Photographer Association, travelling to Birmingham to take her licentiateship exam.

Selina said: “As a child I loved film camera and experimenting with them and had a dark room in the loft where I would process my own images.

“I have been animal mad all my life and I love taking pictures of pets and horses at their stables at locations all over Lancashire.

When she isn’t behind the lens Selina enjoys walking and training Henry, her cocker spaniel, in “heel to work music.”