Rebeccas Shot at the Big Time!

University Centre South Essex BA Photography student, Rebecca Watts gained valuable work experience by photographing a prestigious industry event at Kensington Palace, London.

The World Branding Awards saw some of the world’s best brands recognised for their work and achievements. Over 1,500 brands from more than 40 countries were nominated as Brand Of The Year.

Mother of two, Rebecca, 39, from Southend is in the second year of her Photography degree and was asked to photograph the awards and edit the photos for use in media after the event.

She said: “I was quite nervous but it was an amazing experience to be around so many professional people. At first it was overwhelming but doing it has boosted my confidence and I have had lots of good feedback.   

Rebecca decided to return to study an Access to Art and Design course at South Essex Colleges Group whilst also raising her children and then progressed onto a degree course. She said: “It is not always easy to balance study with family life but it is worth it. Going back to studying has given me a new lease of life.”

Rebecca hope to become a full-time event photographer.