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Photographer Peter Summers wins Getty Images award


By Sarah Rollo


A PHOTOGRAPHER who started off his career undertaking work experience at The Northern Scot has won a major award.

Peter Summers
Peter Summers

Peter Summers (23) was presented with the national Getty Images Young Photographer Bursary Award 2018 at the UK Picture Editors' Guild Awards in London.

The former Elgin Academy pupil is now a freelancer in London and has covered stories across the UK and abroad.

Recent assignments have included the Salisbury poisoning, Brexit, the Thai cave rescue, the Royal wedding and the deadly wildfires in Greece.

Peter, who was Highly Commended in 2014 and 2015, said he was thrilled to have taken the award, which includes a £250 bursary from Getty Images and a return air ticket to work on a story of his choosing.

He said: "I'm absolutely delighted. Having come second twice previously it was still a real surprise to finally get it."

An elderly woman walks through an area of burnt bushes in Rafina, Greece on July 25 2018. Wildfires ravaged houses and properties in the seaside resort earlier this week, killing 79 people.
An elderly woman walks through an area of burnt bushes in Rafina, Greece on July 25 2018. Wildfires ravaged houses and properties in the seaside resort earlier this week, killing 79 people.

While still at school, Peter spent his weekends accompanying chief photographer Eric Cormack and retired photographer Bob Bruce on assignments across Moray.

Mr Cormack said: "He came in here really keen and did some weekend work for us. He was a nice lad with a great attitude and I always thought he would do well for himself.

"The whole team is really pleased for him. This is a big award in the industry and he is very deserving of it."

After leaving school, Peter completed the National Council for the Training of Journalists Photojournalism course at college in Bournemouth. He then joined Bristol-based agency SWNS and spent two years at their Birmingham office, followed by a year in his native Scotland before moving to London in 2016.

Decontamination teams at work in the town of Salisbury.
Decontamination teams at work in the town of Salisbury.

Peter, whose work can be viewed online at www.ptrsmmrs.com, moved to Rex/Shutterstock before becoming a freelancer in London in January 2018.

His clients include international news agencies as well as the national and international press.



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