A spectacular photo captured in Turkey has won a former Bucks Free Press photographer the title of Fine Art Photographer of the Year for the South East.

Matt Fowler took the beautiful image while on a car shoot. While travelling on a boat to a new destination, he spotted the yacht in the distance, silhouetted against the mountains behind.

Matt was named as the British Institute of Professional Photographers “Fine Art Photographer of the Year” for the South East region in a ceremony in London on October 5.

The image will now go forward to the National Awards which will be announced in November.

Matt said: “I am thrilled to have been awarded SE Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2021 by the British Institute of Professional Photographers.

"Knowing that this accolade was judged by some of the top photographers in the country means a great deal to me and I hope to build on this success.”

Matt has been a professional photographer since 1988, starting his career at the Bucks Free Press as a junior photographer, before leaving to set up his own commercial photography business in 1994.

During lockdown last year he raised money for a number of charities shooting “Doortraits” – portraits taken safely at the front door of families’ homes.

He has also been commissioned to cover diverse shoots over the years - such as elections in South Africa, mine clearance programmes in Southern Sudan, car launches in Japan, through to parking meters in High Wycombe and company headshots in Bourne End.

Matt says every job is a "new challenge and a new learning experience" and is still as passionate about photography now as he was the first time he ever developed a film, back when he was just 15.