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Turbine imagery scales heights

PUBLISHED: 00:38 26 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:14 05 July 2010

A PICTURE of two men cleaning the blades of the Gulliver wind turbine took Lowestoft photographer Alan O'Neill into the finals of a major regional creative skills competition.

A PICTURE of two men cleaning the blades of the Gulliver wind turbine took Lowestoft photographer Alan O'Neill into the finals of a major regional creative skills competition.

He just missed out on the top award, but the success capped a busy few weeks which also saw his company, CHPV Offshore Energy Media Services, working on an important North Sea safety DVD with Anglia TV presenter Clare Weller.

“It was tremendous to be a finalist for the 2008 Creative East Awards,” said Mr O'Neill. “I was commissioned to photograph two men working on one of the turbine blades and was amazed when I saw what they were doing. I was delighted with the picture but looking at them working at such a height made you feel green.”

Photographs from all four finalists in the best commercial photography section of the awards will be published in Professional Photographer Magazine, which sponsored it.

The award was one of many in an event attended by 400 people at the Theatre Royal, Norwich, and hosted by Clive Anderson.

Mr O'Neill is filming a safety DVD for offshore company Perenco which has its operations centre at Great Yarmouth.

“It's an official induction DVD for people going to any one of 33 platforms in the southern North Sea,” he said.

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