A parking enforcement officer from Cardiff has won the coveted International Street Photographer of the Year Award, beating off worldwide competition from acclaimed photographers.
When Reginald ‘Regplate’ Sutherland submitted his winning entry in October 2013 he did not expect to get anywhere in the competition. But his work quickly caught the eye of the judging panel which included representatives from Getty Images and Magnum Photos.
After viewing Sutherland’s portfolio head judge, Naomi Forbes-Jones said, “We all felt the raw anger in every frame. Each image revealed who he was and the instinctive, emotional power that went into his work in the face of extreme adversity. As judges we felt an intense aesthetic pleasure from the visual language of his photographs.”
The winning image, a portrait entitled ‘Angry Man Approaching with Broken Bottle’ was chosen from almost half a million entries.
At the glossy and star studded award ceremony which took place at the Dorchester Hotel in London, Sutherland explained how he works to capture the best images.
“I seek locations where I can hide behind a wall or go to a high viewpoint and wait for a figure to punctuate the space. I prefer to use high contrast black and white to give my images a detached feeling that accentuates the anger, bewilderment and frequent isolation of humankind in an urban environment.”
As well as a new lapel camera he also received a professionally produced print of his winning image.
“It’s going up in the staff canteen to inspire my fellow enforcement officers. If I can be an inspiration to others then that’s the main thing, isn’t it?”
In a separate episode Sutherland denied any knowledge of a clamping incident outside the Dorchester, involving three of the judges cars.