Two top prizes for Stalybridge photographer at architectural awards

A STALYBRIDGE man is celebrating after picking up two prestigious prizes in the Architectural Photography Awards.

Pawel Paniczko

Pawel Paniczko’s image of the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai, China, was voted the overall winner from the 1,200 entries from the four main categories and earned him a $3,000 prize.

He had entered the image in the exterior category.

After two rounds of judging, more than 1,200 entries from the exterior, interior, sense of place and buildings in use categories were whittled down to a shortlist of 20 from which the overall winner was voted for by visitors to the World Architecture Festival.

Pawel, who lives in Stalybridge town centre, was the winner of the new portfolio category, a new category as chosen by this year’s panel of judges, winning $1,000 with his six images of the Harbin Opera House, Harbin, China.

The results were announced at the WAF gala dinner held recently in Amsterdam.

Pawel’s winning image of Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai

Pawel said: “I love to photograph buildings that create emotions and both Long Museum West Bund and Harbin Opera House were these kinds of structures.

“Spending time in and around these buildings, watching how people interact with them and how the light changes in the course of a day, was truly inspirational.

“That helped me to catch the essence of the buildings presented in my images. 

“Shooting in China on my own was logistically challenging but also a fantastic experience.

“I am extremely delighted and proud that my work has been appreciated and that I won.

One of Pawel’s winning pictures of the Harbin Opera House

“There were so many good pictures in the final 20 and didn’t expect to be the overall winner.

“I thought I had a better chance in the portfolio category. That has a huge meaning for me personally as it proves that I can create a meaningful set of photographs presenting the subject at its best.”

Pawel, who moved to the UK from Poland in 2006, initially worked in a warehouse and only became a full-time professional photographer in 2016.

He spent four weeks in China, where he visited about 12 cities, to build his award-winning portfolio.

Pawel, who studied architecture at university, added the job enables him to pursue his three passions – architecture, travel and photography.

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