Saraya lights up awards

PUBLISHED: 12:01 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 26 October 2009

Saraya Cortavile, photographer of the year winner.

Saraya Cortavile, photographer of the year winner.

A PHOTOGRAPHER has scooped a London portrait award for her entries in a year-long competition. Saraya Cortavile, from Brookmans Park, was named Photographer of the Year by the London Portrait Group after being overall winner from four rounds. It was the f

One of her portraits

A PHOTOGRAPHER has scooped a London portrait award for her entries in a year-long competition.

Saraya Cortavile, from Brookmans Park, was named Photographer of the Year by the London Portrait Group after being overall winner from four rounds.

It was the first time the 34-year-old had entered the contest.

Categories throughout the year included single subjects, couples, groups and composites, and she used images taken of customers to the studios.

Saraya was praised by judges for her "fantastic" lighting and creativity.

Saraya, who originally comes from Potters Bar, said: "It feels wonderful to have won.

"I didn't expect it, but I had a feeling after some of my results from the rounds and it's been really hard fought, so is quite an achievement."

She added: "At the end it was between me and one other photographer, so very close."

The London Portrait Group has been running for 35 years for forward-thinking and passionate photographers in the capital and Home Counties.

Saraya, who works at Ray Lowe Studios in Cheshunt, said: "Ever since my days at Reading University studying graphic design, my love of pure contemporary portraiture has been at the forefront of my thinking.

"Customers come to Ray Lowe because they want something different to show their unique personalities and that is our challenge as photographers, which is so enjoyable."

She is already preparing for this year's competition.

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