An Award-winning photographer, who only recently moved to Bath, has won the coveted title of ‘South West Photographer of the Year’ from leading industry body the British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP).

Roz Collins, who relocated to Bath, 18months ago from West Sussex, picked up awards for 3 individual images, as well as the overall “2018 Photographer of the Year” award. Her winning images included two different portraits and a photo from her new limited-edition fine art series “Glimpses of Bath”, showing a unique Bath view.

Her success is all the more impressive because she turned a lifelong passion for photography into a professional career just over a decade ago.

Inspired through her work alongside photographers and designers whilst working for leading creative and advertising agencies in London, she decided to change careers in her 30s and trained professionally in photography. She has never looked back since setting up her own photography business and making it her fulltime career.

She said: ‘Inspired by working on really creative projects with Magnum Photographers, I realised I had a natural creative eye and wanted to develop my own career as a photographer’.

Now an Associate of BIPP and of the Royal Photographic Society, Roz has also previously scooped a prestigious BIPP Silver Award in Portraiture.

She specialises in contemporary fine art images and portraits, preferring natural, ambient light and using the environment and architectural surroundings as creative backdrops. Drawn to Bath because of the beauty of this world heritage site and the abundance of amazing Georgian architecture, she has already initiated collaborations with organisations including the Holburne Museum, using their beautiful location to complement her work.

She undertakes bespoke family commissioned portraits, newborn photos as well as editorial, commercial and corporate photography.

Roz said: ‘I am delighted and honoured to win this special award from the BIPP. Being so new to the region it is a huge accolade to be recognised in this way.   I love being in Bath and all the hard work in relocating my business has definitely been worthwhile. I feel inspired creatively everyday with the inexhaustible supply of beautiful places to capture something special and timeless.”

Bella West FBIPP and head of SW Region said: ‘Roz’s unerring eye for a unique creative shot shines through in her work. It is also clear from her portraiture work that she builds up a wonderful rapport with her subjects which helps them to relax and enables Roz to capture such natural and beautiful images.’

To see more of Roz’s work, visit www.rozcollins.co.uk