IT’S BEEN a picture perfect end to the year for High Peak photographer Anthony Pioli.
Last month, the self-taught specialist landscape and nature photographer was bestowed with a Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society (FRPS), the world’s oldest photographic society.
The award, the highest distinction of the society, recognises original work and outstanding ability in a specialist field.
And it came roughly around the same time as Anthony, of Berwick Road, Buxton, was awarded a Fellowship of the British Photographic Exhibitions (FBPE), again the circuit’s highest distinction possible.
A founder and long-standing member of Chapel-en-le-Frith Camera Club, Anthony said: “It is by belonging to the club that has enabled me to improve my photography to such an extent that I have been able to realise my current achievements.
“These awards are the culmination of almost 27 years dedicated to the recording of natural history images.”
The Royal Photographic Society’s distinctions are internationally respected and sought-after by professional and amateur photographers alike. Each year over 1,000 applications for Licentiateship, Associateship and Fellowship are received, with just over half being successful.
For the FRPS, Anthony submitted a panel in the nature category of 20 insects, most showing some aspect of behaviour. Eight were butterfly, dragonfly and damselfly images obtained locally at Taddington Moor High Mere, with a further nine produced abroad either in the south of France or on a Greek island.
“Many of the photographs required a lot of patience to achieve the end result,” he admitted.
In contrast, the FBPE award required the acceptance of 500 images - together with at least 50 awards from 15 different national exhibitions.
Aside from his passion for photography, Anthony has lectured at camera clubs and nature groups up and down the country over the past 20 years, and has been involved in judging at photographic clubs as well as at national level.