A PHOTOGRAPHER has won an award at a prestigious photography award ceremony.

Matthew James Turner, a prolific Carlisle based photographer, won an Honourable Mention Award in the Architecture (Professional) category of the 2021 Monochrome Awards for his photograph titled 'Abbey Street & Dean Tait's Lane', which was taken in Carlisle.

In the entry description for the image, he wrote: "I loved the combination of curves and rectangles in this scene on the streets of my home city, captured on a misty autumnal morning.

"The illuminated lamp imbued the street with a moody atmosphere; forming a dramatic contrast of light versus shadow while also softly enhancing the texture and pattern of the cobbles."

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He added of the photo, and what inspired him to take it: "I love this historic corner of the city and have spent many times capturing the bygone atmosphere it encapsulates.

"On this particular morning, the soft mist added an extra moody element."

Speaking about how he felt winning the award, Matthew said he was extremely happy.

He added: "Last year I won the Professional Street category in the same competition with another image of Carlisle, so it feels great to be recognised yet again – hopefully, I'm doing Carlisle proud with these images of the city."

On his history with photography awards, he said: "I’ve had a few shortlisted, commended and Runner-Up images over the years in both UK and international competitions.

"My most recent was a Runner-Up position in the Lines in The Landscape Category of Landscape Photographer of The Year with an image of Dent Head Viaduct in Cumbria, which is currently being exhibited in London Bridge Station.

"I have enjoyed photography since my teenage years, but it is only over the last 5 years or so that I’ve started appreciating the beauty of the city and it’s architecture.

"I spent many years bypassing things on my doorstep, and instead heading to the nearby Lake District.

"Lately, I’ve been spending much more time exploring from my doorstep – which especially came true during the Coronavirus Lockdown.

"I particularly like photographing the cobbled streets and old-fashioned style lamp posts which reflect a time gone by."