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Michael Holden, aged 24, from Neston, has won the Motorsport UK Young Photographer of the Year award. Michael, who studied Graphic Design and Photography at the University, submitted a portfolio of motorsport photography to the Motorsport UK Young Photographer of the Year competition and beat entrants from around the country.

Michael had to submit five photographs involving UK motorsport, which had been published in 2018, along with a professional endorsement from James Elliott, Editor-in-chief of Octane magazine, in which Michael had his work published this year.

Michael will be attending the Motorsport UK Night of Champions in January, where he will receive a trophy and cheque for £1,000. He has also won a year’s provisional membership to the Guild of Motoring Writers, the world’s largest association of automotive editorial professionals.

Michael is currently a Graphic Designer in Liverpool and enjoys motorsport photography at the weekends. He said: “I first heard about this competition back in 2014 and I realised this was the competition to win if I wanted to make my presence known in the motorsport photography community. In previous years, the standard has been very high, so I knew I would be up against other exceptional photographers. When I first got the news I had won, I was blown away! I was highly commended last year, and I was desperate to go one step further this year, so to finally win felt amazing. I’m very excited for the future and my next steps as a photographer.”

Bernadine Murray, Head of Department for Art and Design, said: “This is great news for Michael and testament to his commitment and determination, qualities that Michael presented from his first day here at the University of Chester. Michael has remained in close contact with staff in the Department and generously returns to offer advice and guidance to students. We congratulate Michael on his success and look forward to following his career in the creative industry.”

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