A FORMER Kendal school pupil has been named Britain’s Sports Photographer of the Year.
Cycling photographer Bryn Lennon, who attended Queen Katherine School, received the prestigious title at a ceremony in London.
Mr Lennon’s father David, who lives near Crook, said: “We’re very proud of him.
“We knew he was good because we’ve seen his work over the years and his shots have got better and better.”
Not only did Bryn beat five shortlisted photographers to the national overall title in the Sports Journalists’ Association awards, but he also won the Ed Lacy Trophy for his portfolio.
According to the judges his chosen images “had a surprise in every shot” and featured pictures taken during the Tour de France and Tour of Oman.
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The 40-year-old works for Getty Images and now lives in Brighton, but lived in Underbarrow for 20 years when he was growing up.
Currently in Corsica with a Sky team, the lensman travels the world for his work and has covered the Tour de France about five times.
“I felt very privileged to see my name etched on to the SJA trophy beside that long list of illustrious names,” he said.
“It’s always a great night and it was all a bit of a blur as I walked up to the stage with everyone shaking my hand and handing me things. I’m still a bit shocked and it’s definitely still sinking in.”
David Lennon added: “He was surprised to be shortlisted and he was very surprised to win.
“He’s proud of developing a niche for himself. He enjoys the life he has, and I’ve never heard him grumble.
“I don’t think he ever gets that Monday morning feeling.”
The father-of-two is also well known to big names and in the past has been flown out to shoot a series of personality portraits of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy.