A freelance photographer from Red Lodge has been recognised for his contribution to the industry - snapping up an award from a prestigious European organisation.
George Fairbairn was crowned Advertising Photographer of the Year 2014 by the Societies of Professional Image Makers, Europe’s largest all-welcome photographic organisation.
The 37-year-old father’s nomination was for an image taken for London-based children’s adventure parks Kidspace, a flagship image for its print and online marketing.
George, originally from Chicago in the USA, said: “It was pretty amazing. I was happy just to be nominated so to win was pretty crazy, especially when you are up against some of the world’s best photographers.
“And of all the categories I could have won, this was the one I’d have chosen to win.
“When you see your photo in a magazine doesn’t have the same impact - seeing it on a bus shelter or something, it’s a whole other experience.”
George said his wife, Rebecca, and five-year-old son Van are both pleased with his accomplishment.
“My wife was at the awards ceremony, and I think she nearly cried,” he said. “My son helped her to bake me a cake.”
George said photography was his hobby in high school, but after turning down a university scholarship to join the military it took a back seat.
After leaving military service, he and Rebecca moved to the UK and the photographic ‘passion’ was reignited.
“It spiralled from me finding the area I really wanted to focus on,” he said.
Freelance artist George occasionally does shoots for music magazines and advertising campaigns, as well as teaching workshops. He hopes to soon open his own exhibition.