​A photographer from Oakhanger near Bordon has won the People’s Choice Fashion Photography Award at the British Photography Awards.

Shelby Nolan-Hoare was one of 25 photographers shortlisted in the fashion category of the awards – which were held at the Dorchester Hotel, London.

The 22-year-old received her award from Magic FM broadcaster Neev Spencer.

Shelby said: “I first got into photography when I was studying the subject during my A-levels at Alton College.

“My teachers Amanda and Paul really nurtured my passion in the subject and were the ones to originally spark my interest for a photographic career. They would constantly give feedback on my photos and would always encourage me to keep shooting and try different techniques.

“I went on to study at Arts University Plymouth on the commercial photography course with the ultimate goal of becoming a fashion photographer.

“The image that won the People’s Choice at the British Photography Awards was part of my third year final major project Liminal Space which explored how clothing, prop and set design can be used as a narational device in picture making to discuss themes of nostalgia and illusion.

“I always thought as a young student I didn’t stand much of a chance in comparison to the other talented and more experienced photographers across the UK.

“When I found out I was one of 25 shortlisted in the fashion category I couldn’t believe my eyes.

“I was definitely not expecting to win and thought the experience of being shortlisted alone was rewarding. When Neev Spencer announced my name as the People’s Choice winner and I saw my picture on the big screen my family and I were in complete shock and disbelief.

“To earn this title so early on in my life is mind-blowing and I am so proud of how far I have come and for all I have achieved in such a short period of time.”