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Born in Jersey, Sheila's love of photography was not put into serious practical terms until her children were grown-up. Encouraged by her father's success with colour slides, she began working in monochrome printing her own work and gaining the Royal Photographic Society's Licentiate distinction. Using her love of portraiture she became a freelance wedding and portrait photographer.
In 2003 Sheila began submitting her work to National and International exhibitions gaining many acceptances and awards including the Racal Medal at the 29th Algarve International, the Ed Roper's medal at Solihull and a medal for 'Street Tango' at the prestigious London Salon of Photography.
On gaining the required number of acceptances/awards and submitting ten images for judging- Sheila was awarded the Credit of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.
The Royal Photographic Society, founded in 1853 is the most prestigious international photographic Society. The awarding of distinctions is fundamental to the Society's promotion of standards of excellence, universally respected by amateur and professional photographers alike and in order to gain a distinction,the photographer has to submit a portfolio for approval by a highly qualified Panel of Fellows of the Society. Sheila successfully submitted her portfolio to gain 'Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society'.
On the home front, Genuine Jersey is a scheme whose purpose is to identify and promote locally grown, reared or caught goods and those products which are made in Jersey and thus regarded by consumers as being genuinely local. Sheila is proud to have been accepted as a member and can display the Genuine Jersey Logo on all relevant work.
Sheila has a page of earlier work and her own website.