Broch photographer snaps up fifth place

Darren Wilson, Beyond The Lens Productions
Darren Wilson, Beyond The Lens Productions

A Fraserburgh photographer has taken fifth spot at the UK Rock Challenge’s photography competition - out of 106 entries.

Darren Wilson took one of the four placed runner up spots in the Judge’s Choice competition for his montage of shots which show the detail that Fraserburgh Academy put into their hair and make-up for the competition.

Darren said: “Coming fifth place in the judged section of the Rock Challenge photograph competition was a surprise and I am very pleased.”

The photographer beat over one hundred other entries in the competition which give an insight into how much goes into the Rock Challenge, both on stage and behind the scenes.

A UK Rock Challenge spokesperson said: “This brilliant montage shows the incredible detail schools go to in creating their hair and make up designs.”

The high placed accolade is a major boost for Darren who has set up Beyond The Lens Productions after completing a Higher in photography at the Academy.

Darren said: “I have been interested in photography for about 6 years and have recently started to take it more serious over the past couple of years.

“Building up a photography and film making kit and have self taught myself most of the skills I know, watching hours of YouTube videos and trial and error.”

Darren was Fraserburgh Academies official photographer throughout the Rock Challenge, in which they won the Aberdeenshire heats before coming runners up in the Scottish finals.

Darren said: “I developed a strong interest in landscape photography which helped me complete my folio for Higher photography at the academy, taking photographs all around the Aberdeenshire coastline.

“Since then I have became more interested in event and portrait photography, taking pictures recently for the Fraserburgh Academy Rock Challenge Group and the Fraserburgh Academy Show Speakeasy.”

The photographer also has a keen interest in film making and says he enjoys “being able to capture memories”.

Darren has worked with the Academy in terms of photography and film and recently filmed the Academy’s latest drama production.

Darren said: “Being involved backstage in the Academy show for the past four years it was a privilege to record the show this year.”

Beyond The Lens Productions has a Facebook page which showcases all Darren’s photographs and videos.