Lucky Bedfordshire Mum Wins £5,000 in National Photography Competition
An image taken by David Doyle AMPA of Oakley Studios Luton has won the “Cherub Baby of the Year Competition 2018/19”. After thousands of beautiful baby images a nationwide panel of mums chose an image of Katie Witt’s son as the Winner with Katie receiving a fabulous prize of £5,000. The grand final of the Cherub Baby of the Year competition, run by the Master Photographers Association (MPA) was shown live on Facebook with Katie watching as her son’s image was revealed as the Winner. David, owner of Oakley Studios and creator of the image, was totally thrilled for Katie.
David, who has over 30 years photography experience and specialises in family portrait photography said, “I am delighted to have won this prestigious competition at this poignant time. We are currently celebrating 30 years of Oakley Studios with a fantastic family portrait offer aiming to raise at least £2000 for each of our nominated charities, Luton & Dunstable Hospital NICU Unit and The British Red Cross UK. We have a real passion for our craft and look forward to many more years offering high quality photography and customer service to families in Bedfordshire and beyond”.
The grand final saw a panel of mums choose from the 72 images which had reached the finals from thousands of entries submitted by Cherub photographers based all over the UK. “It proved a tough decision to choose just one”. Paul Inskip of the MPA and organiser of the competition said “it was almost impossible for the mums, the photos were all stunning”. Katie was presented with the cheque by MPA Chairman, Ray Lowe FMPA and Paul Inskip FMPA, during a celebration lunch held at Oakley Studios. A delighted Katie said “ I was completely shocked when I saw that we had won”. Katie is still on cloud nine but indicated a family holiday is likely with some of the prize being invested for baby to enjoy when he is older.