HE may be only eight - but that does not stop Doncaster youngster Sam Hornsby being a top model!
Sam, from Harlington, may not be a model of the catwalk variety, but it seems as though he is one of the best when it comes to getting in front of a camera.
Pictures of the youngster have gained international recognition at the Venture Photographic Awards.
A collection of portrait photographs featuring him playing with his laptop were selected from a pool of thousands for international recognition.
Sam’s pictures were singled out after his family took part in a photography session at the Venture Doncaster studio on Printing Office Street last year.
Photographer Ruth Holdsworth, aged 28, shot a selection of images for the Hornsby family and then submitted a bespoke collection featuring Sam into the company’s annual awards for excellence.
These awards are judged based on portrait photography taken from the company’s 50 studios in the UK, Hong Kong, Ireland and the US.
From the thousands of images submitted within the collections category from more than 250 photographers, the pictures of Sam were judged to be the winner.
Mum Nicky was delighted to find out that her son’s images had stood out and will be displayed in studios worldwide.
She said: “We’re thrilled and honoured our collection has been judged as being good enough to win this award – we knew it was fantastic but it still came as a shock to hear it had been acknowledged in this way.
“Ruth did a brilliant job on our shoot which was lots of fun. The whole process very relaxed and fun meaning she really got the best from us resulting in outstanding photographs we are really proud of.”
Ruth said: “This collection really stood out for us so we had high hopes when we submitted it for the award, but it was still a surprise to hear I’d won at the ceremony this week.
“The Hornsby family brought lots of enthusiasm to their shoot which was fantastic as it means the images captured are really brought to life. They were a big hit with the team here and gave us a lot of input and feedback as to the kind of images they were looking for.”