Stu Williamson is MPA UK Photographer of the Year 2016/17

Stu wins much-coveted photography award

MPA Awards

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Stu has been awarded the prestigious title of UK Photographer of the Year 2016/17 by the Master Photographers Association (MPA).

In response to the award, Stu said “What a crazy surreal night . . . went to the Master Photographers Association awards last night to catch up with friends and have a good time. So many amazing images up there. Did not expect to win my categories for Fine Art and Portrait Art Fashion. But then to win the overall UK Master Photographer of Year!!! WOW WOW WOW. Can’t believe it!!“.

In addition to the top award, Stu also picked up trophies for the Fine Art and Portrait Art Fashion categories.

View Stu’s awarding winning images.


The full MPA press release is as follows:


Master Photographers Association

Local photographer scoops major award.

Leicester photographer Stu Williamson has won a top prize in a major national and international photography award ceremony.

Celebrating the Masters of Photography, the annual Master Photographers Association (MPA) Awards welcomed some of the greatest photography talents in a glittering awards ceremony on Sunday 16th October 2016.

Bringing the photographic industry together, with unprecedented awards, the Master Photography Awards is the most anticipated event in the professional photographic calendar. Judges from across the globe selected a record number of nominees this year, which reflected the high standard of photography entered into the awards this year. The MPA annual awards celebrate the Masters of International Photography.

Stu Williamson FMPA was one of the big winners of the night claiming the top titles of the ceremony.

Stu scooped the top UK title with his evocative fine art images, winning UK Photographer of The Year as well as picking up trophies for the Fine Art and Portrait Art Fashion categories.

Stu beat-off stiff competition to scoop his prize, with other leading photographers from across the UK and Overseas all striving for recognition in the awards.

Professional photographers from around the world were joined by representatives from the major photographic companies and trade, with other knowledgeable industry observers keenly attending the Awards ceremony, held at the Hinckley Island Hotel, 16th October 2016.

Stu Williamson’s business is based in Kibworth specializing in commercial and people portraits with a difference.

The Awards, run by the Master Photographers Association (The MPA), is one of the most prestigious within the photographic profession, both in the UK and Overseas. Membership of the Association is restricted to professional photographers who must qualify to the minimum required Licentiateship standard. The organization, a not for profit, exists to promote and maintain standards of photographic excellence within the photographic industry.

Clare Louise, CEO of the MPA comments: “The standard of photography we have seen this year is world class, and a privilege to judge. It was exciting to see new faces coming through and rewarding to see such great talent upholding previous years titles. With entrants both UK and worldwide, our winners really are the masters of their craft. It is an absolute honor to showcase imagery of such high standard and we are really proud to represent some of the best image makers globally.