Photographer ‘thrilled’ to be recognised once more

Julian Claxton at the 2017 Event Photography Awards with his winning image "Morning Prayer." Picture

Julian Claxton at the 2017 Event Photography Awards with his winning image "Morning Prayer." Picture: Courtesy of Julian Claxton - Credit: Archant

Just weeks after an emotive picture of children praying in east Africa had been commended at the world's largest photography competition, there has been further success for a Lowestoft photographer.

Uganda has proved to have the winning formula for Julian Claxton, of Oulton, after he scooped an accolade at the 2017 Event Photography Awards in London.

Earlier this year Mr Claxton's stunning image – entitled Morning Prayer – was selected by the judges and placed in the top 50 in the world at the Open Professional category of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

Now Mr Claxton has collected another major photographic accolade after winning a prized category at the Event Photography Awards, which were held at Dutch Hall in London.

And his most recent award means he had triumphed for the second successive year in the awards, after winning the Behind the Scenes category with his emotive imagery of ex-UKIP candidate Simon Tobin, during the 2015 General Election.

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For the 2017 awards Mr Claxton entered Morning Prayer into the private events category – and his image of children praying in rural Uganda swept to victory.

Mr Claxton, who runs a self funded project in Uganda called Give a Child a Camera, said he was thrilled with the award.

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'To be recognised by my peers is an amazing feeling,' he said. 'I didn't think I would be successful two years running. I'm utterly thrilled to have been chosen again.

'It must be said, that I wouldn't be able to create such strong emotive imagery without the support and kindness of the people in rural Uganda. They open up their lives and invite me into the community without any objections, it's a real privilege.'

Returning each year to Rwanda and Uganda, the photojournalist runs the Give a Child a Camera project, which enables young rural African children to tell their story through the use of photography.

Mr Claxton, who provides talks on his work and the project, can be contacted at

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