Beccles photographer in the running to become eSports Photographer of the Year
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A Beccles-based photographer who specialises in taking photographs of videogamers in the heat of battle has been named as one of the best in his field.
Joe Brady, has been a freelance photographer for the past six years and has developed a flair for capturing competitors of esports.
A fast-growing industry, esports pits the world's best players of sporting computer games against one another, and Mr Brady has become one of the top photographers for it.
Now, for the second year in a row he has been nominated for Photographer of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards, one of just six finalists.
He said: 'I love trying to capture that moment of raw emotion people show when they have either won or lost a game - whether they are cheering or whether they throw their heads into their hands.
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'It is also a great way for me to combine two of my passions - I love photography and I love gaming, so the two go together really well.'
Prior to discovering esports photography, Mr Brady first worked in television, before moving on to music photography, which has seen him travel the world.
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He said: 'When I worked in television, I found myself taking photographs as a hobby. I bought myself a camera and I found it cathartic - a nice way to get my mind off work and enjoy myself.
'I then get to a stage where I fell out of love with my job, so decided to go freelance for a year to see if I could make a career out of it.'
He began by taking photographs of friends' bands, which led him to opportunities in the music photography industry, opportunities that saw him travel the globe with countless bands.
He lists Frank Turner, Funeral For A Friend and Bring Me The Horizon among the names he has worked with, however, it is esports where his passion now lies.
He added: 'It means a huge amount just to be nominated, being a relatively new industry it's really nice to think I'm one of the people setting the bar for others. However, it would be incredible to win.'
The 28-year-old will find out whether he has been victorious at a ceremony at The Brewery in London on November 13. To vote for him,follow this link.
Examples of his photography work can be seen on his website.