Photographer up for award

FOR the fourth time in five years, Milford-based photographer Ashley Franklin has been nominated in a prestigious awards initiative.

Ashley has been shortlisted in the Family and Group Portrait category in the Society of Professional Imagemakers annual awards.

He said: “It takes a very special image to win a nomination.”

His photograph was of the East Midlands-based singing group YesterYear. Ashley said: “Because the guys in YesterYear perform purely for the love of singing and have such a fun element in their performance, I tried to convey that in the pictures.”

Ashley has also been nominated in the Landscape category for his image of a misty dawn in Tuscany.

“If I can win an award, maybe I will come to be recognised as a photographer and no longer ‘that bloke from Radio Derby’” joked Ashley, who worked for the station from 1977 to 2000.

The ceremony is on January 15.