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Beccles photographer is crowned Esports Photographer of the Year at awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 11:30 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:47 21 November 2017

Joe Brady with the Esports Photographer of the Year Award backstage at the NOW TV Esports Industry Awards 2017, at the Brewery in London. Picture: Matt Crossick/PA Wire.

Joe Brady with the Esports Photographer of the Year Award backstage at the NOW TV Esports Industry Awards 2017, at the Brewery in London. Picture: Matt Crossick/PA Wire.

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A Beccles-based photographer was a picture of triumph this week, after he was named the best in his industry.

Joe Brady has been crowned Photographer of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards. 
Picture: Nick Butcher.Joe Brady has been crowned Photographer of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Joe Brady, 28, specialises in capturing videogamers in the heat of battle in the fast-growing world of esports.

On Monday, November 13, at a ceremony in London he was crowned Photographer of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards, meaning he has been recognised as his industry’s finest.

He said: “I think now that I’ve come home and have the trophy on display it feels a bit more real, but it hasn’t quite sunk in yet.

“I honestly had no idea until my name was read out as the winner, which I think was probably the point of my life where time moved the slowest.

An example of Joe Brady's work, for which he has been named Esports Photographer of the Year. Picture: Joe BradyAn example of Joe Brady's work, for which he has been named Esports Photographer of the Year. Picture: Joe Brady

“I have never been as nervous as I was there and I was very anxious leading up to it - I kept having dreams about it, some where I had won and others where I had lost, so it was quite nerve-racking.”

However, his nerves soon turned to jubilation, when it was announced he had overcome fierce competition to claim the award.

“It was an incredible feeling to find out I had won,” he said. “I was just delighted to be nominated, so to have actually won is amazing.”

Mr Brady celebrated at an exclusive after party for the ceremony - held in London’s Hippodrome Casino - and is already reaping the benefits of his accolade.

Joe Brady with the Esports Photographer of the Year Award backstage at the NOW TV Esports Industry Awards 2017, at the Brewery in London.  Picture: Matt Crossick/PA Wire.Joe Brady with the Esports Photographer of the Year Award backstage at the NOW TV Esports Industry Awards 2017, at the Brewery in London. Picture: Matt Crossick/PA Wire.

He said: “At the after party I was approached by quite a few different people wanting to work with me in the future who I exchanged details with so hopefully there are some very exciting opportunities on the horizon for me.

“I’m just looking forward to carrying on what I’m doing and work on bigger and better projects.”

Mr Brady has been a freelance photographer for the past six years, previously capturing live music and has toured with a vast array of artists.

However, on discovering esports, he truly found his vocation and can now say he is the best in the business.

An example of Joe Brady's work, for which he has been named Esports Photographer of the Year. Picture: Joe BradyAn example of Joe Brady's work, for which he has been named Esports Photographer of the Year. Picture: Joe Brady

“Months of worrying are finally over,” he added. “The last few weeks have been torture not knowing, but now I’m just over the moon.”

To see more examples of Mr Brady’s work, visit his website.

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