AN EASTBOURNE lecturer has been named the best amateur football photographer in the country.
David Bauckham, senior lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was honoured by the Football Supporters’ Federation for a set of images including one taken at Hastings United.
David, who works at the education centre at Eastbourne District General Hospital, said, “Smoke from a nearby bonfire was blowing across the pitch, which created a slightly hazy effect. The Lowry-esque silhouettes against the light reminded me of a scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
David received a distinction after completing a Masters in Sport, Culture and Society at the university’s Chelsea School in Eastbourne in 2009 to underpin his photographic work with a theoretical base.
David said he was delighted with his success. “What made it particularly special was that it was judged by Stuart Roy Clarke, regarded as one of the finest football photographers in the world and whose work has been a great inspiration for me,” he said.
“Much of my own work doesn’t feature any action as such; instead it often focuses on the setting in which the action takes place, supporters and those behind the scenes who work tirelessly and often voluntarily on behalf of the football club they love.
“With this in mind, it seems especially appropriate that it was the Football Supporters’ Federation that presented me with this award.
“I concentrate on non-League football and hope that after viewing my photographs, those who rarely venture along to watch a non-League game will be encouraged to do so as for me, that is where the true heart and soul of British football lies.”
David’s photographs can be seen at www.flickr.com/photos/ccpub/sets/72157627221245428 www.flickr.com/photos/ccpub/sets/72157627221245428