A PHOTOGRAPHER from Conwy has become only the 20th person in the world, and the first in the UK, to gain a VIP-5 certificate from the Global Photographic Union (GPU).

Conwy Camera Club member Sharon Prenton Jones received the recognition after achieving 50 Gold Medals which were awarded for 50 different photographs. She had entered these in international photographic salons.

By coincidence, fellow club member Tony Davies is a board member of the GPU.

He presented Sharon with her certificate at a club meeting.

North Wales Pioneer: A Vision in BlueA Vision in Blue (Image: Sharon Prenton-Jones)
“It was my great pleasure to present to Sharon her GPU VIP-5 certificate,” said Tony, who is also Conwy Camera Club’s external competitions secretary. 

“Gaining just one gold medal in international photographic salons is a huge challenge, but Sharon has pulled off the feat 50 times. Each medal had to be for a different image, so a second gold medal for the same image in a different salon wouldn’t have counted towards her total of 50.


“It’s a great honour for Conwy Camera Club to have Sharon as a member. She is always ready to share her photographic skills with other club members.

"Her joint lectures with her husband Rob have inspired countless photographers around the world since the couple joined our club."