Ribble Valley photographer earns professional long service award

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PHOTOGRAPHER Reg Whittam, owner of The Garth Dawson Studio in Accrington, has received an award from the British Institute of Professional Photography to mark his 20-year membership of this, the world’s longest-established body representing the profession.

Reg was born in the Ribble Valley and lived in Billington for 26 years before moving to Accrington, where his business is based. He attended Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and is proud to call himself an Old Clitheronian.

The BIPP Long Service Award recognises his “constant upholding of the aims and standards of the institute”. Reg commented: “I have worked as a professional photographer now for almost 30 years, covering everything from portraits and weddings (almost 1,000!) to commercial shoots and even funerals.

“I have always strived to offer the highest quality of service to all my clients, whether they be members of the public, TV and film stars, local or international companies.”

He added: “The BIPP is the most respected name in our industry and sets standards for photography across the world. To receive this recognition from them was a great surprise and a great honour.”