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A photograph of singer Emily Ovenden, taken by Hayley Madden and featured in FAE has won an award.

Hayley Madden told FAE, “I recently joined the SWPP, a society aimed at professional portrait and wedding photographers. They are an international organisation and hold monthly competitions for members only. The competition has hundreds of entries from all over the world and only a handful get selected as Gold award winners. These are images deemed to be of the highest standard based on composition, artistry, technical excellence and photographic skill. I entered two images not really expecting to get anywhere on my first attempt (there are silver and bronze awards too – I was hoping I might scrape a bronze) and when the results came out for January – I looked for my image. The score was a ‘G’. What’s ‘G’ I thought to myself – good?, or is it A, B, C, D….G for really bad. Then it dawned on me that it had won a ‘G’ for gold. This image was one that Emily selected from a shoot for Celtic Legend but was never fully developed at the time. Fae Magazine’s insistence on original images for its publication pulled it out of the archives and into the spotlight where it belongs. I owe Emily for the good editing and modelling, Rachel Vanasch for the inspiration dress and Karen Kay for her constant support and always setting the bar high”.

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