Top national spots put Kirstie in the picture

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A MONTROSE photographer has snapped up three top awards in a prestigious national competition for professionals in the field.

Kirstie Abbey was awarded the titles of Under Fives Photographer of the Year, Most Promising Classical Wedding Photographer of the Year and MPA Scotland Portrait Photographer of the Year at The Master Photographer Association (MPA) Scottish Region’s Annual Awards.

Held last Monday in Dunblane, the awards ceremony was attended by many of Scotland’s top photographers.

Kirstie, who is from Montrose but is now based in Laurencekirk, said this week that it is a “huge achievement”, particularly the sought-after title of Portrait Photographer of the Year which was chosen from the winners of all the portrait categories.

Her success follows just a few months after being awarded her Licentiate by the MPA which in itself involves a lot of work to put together a panel of 20 images, rigorously judged by a group of MPA Fellows.

The MPA is the UK’s only trade body exclusively for full-time professional wedding, portrait and commercial photographers.

Kirstie said: “I was literally jumping with excitement when I found out that I had won the titles of Under Five’s Photographer of the Year, Most Promising Classical Wedding Photographer of the Year, and the incredible title of Scottish Portrait Photographer of the Year 2011.

“The standard of work entered into the awards by photographers Scotland-wide was very high, as it is every year, so to win not one but three awards is a very great honour and I am very proud.”