Morecambe man’s retro photos are best in Britain

Neil Kendall.
Neil Kendall.

A flamboyant photographer from Morecambe has scooped a top national award for his snaps of the great and the glamorous.

Neil Kendall was crowned Photographer of the Year at the National Vintage Awards in Cheltenham.

Charismatic former Morecambe Community High School pupil Neil took to the stage in a custom-made suit to collect his award at the Pump House Ballroom.

Neil attended the ceremony with fellow Morecambrian, singer and vintage pin-up Bexi Owen, who is one of his favourite subjects to photograph.

He has also photographed world famous burlesque star Dita Von Teese, for Vogue magazine and for the national Guardian and Observer newspapers. Neil, who has worked freelance as a photographer for 17 years, said: “It was nerve wracking because it’s at a national level and competition was tough with other photographers who have incredible portfolios. Vintage is huge right now, the vintage clothing industry individually is worth millions of pounds in the UK alone.”

He was awarded the prize by a judging panel of five industry specialists after getting into the final by winning over 20,000 public votes. They praised his “distinctive and truly authentic fashion, pin up and studio portraits”.

Neil, who organised the Morecambe Variety Festival at the Winter Gardens in 2012 and 2014, has recently been working on a big Vintage Halloween Event at the Winter Gardens for October 31. He is also currently raising funds for the next Variety Festival which he hopes will return to Morecambe in 2016.