South Wales Photographer Wins Urban Photography Award
Paul Fears received a 'Highly Commended' award from Urban Photographer of the Year 2013 for his photograph of British Lions supporters on a train after the famous final test victory in Sydney on July 6th, 2013.
The CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition is an annual global competition that is in it's third year. In 2013, images were submitted by photographers from 118 countries globally and had the highest number of entries since the competition began.
The brief was 'Cities at Work' and pushed the boundaries of photography in urban environments. Each photographer was asked to confirm the time the photograph was taken and the judges then selected the best images taken in each hour of the day. These then featured in an A4 sized, landscape-orientated book published by CBRE at the end of 2013. Paul is one of only ten British photographers featured in the book.
Paul was on a work assignment in Sydney, Australia and took the opportunity to travel to the ANZ Stadium in the Olympic Park on the ourskirts of the city to take photographs of the general atmosphere before and after the famous test match, which the British Lions won 41-16. After the game, between 11pm and 12 midnight, Paul returned to Sydney by train and continued to take photographs of the euphoric British Lions supporters. His photograph 'Happy Travellers' was taken as he stepped down from one level to another inside a train taking supporters back into Sydney.
Paul said, "What struck me as incredible about this scene was the sheer number of British Lions supporters packed onto the train. They were all wearing bright red shirts, hats and scarves and there was only the occassional Australian gold shirt to be seen. I was candidly taking shots of fans on the train and captured this image by surreptitiously holding the camera and waist height as I climbed down the stairs from the upper desk of the train. I was really pleased with the end result."
The photograph, entitled 'Happy Travellers' can be seen in the Sports Events album with other photographs from the final test match in Sydney by clicking here.