Two Huddersfield photographers have received one of the industry’s top honours for their work.

Nicole Jopek and Chrissy Eastwood have been awarded coveted associateship status with the British Institute of Professional Photography.

Chrissy graduated from Batley School of Art this summer with first class honours after completing her BA (Hons) photography degree. During the three-year course, she tackled a variety of photography assignments, including weddings and fashion, but her interest was drawn towards architecture.

For her final year major project, Chrissy visited Chernobyl in the Ukraine to capture the desolation of the residential homes and public buildings – including schools, a swimming pool and a fairground – which were abandoned following the nuclear power plant disaster.

Her images were printed on fine art museum paper and individually framed for the end of year show held at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London during July. They can also be viewed at

As a freelance architectural photographer, Chrissy has already undertaken property shoots for a Huddersfield-based letting agency while continuing to work on personal projects which she hopes to exhibit in the future.

Chrissy, who is based at Linthwaite, said: “I am overwhelmed after receiving my associateship.

“I wasn’t expecting to be walking away with this level of qualification, but I am extremely thrilled and honoured to have been received into the BIPP.

“I intend to work hard and make sure that the quality of my work upholds the standards continually driven by the Institute and its members. I can’t thank them enough for giving me this opportunity.”

Nicole, of Dalton, who also graduated recently from Huddersfield University, specialises in fashion and beauty photography and retouching – working with models from top agencies in London and Manchester and liaising with a team of fashion stylists, makeup artists and hairstylists to create images for publications including magazines.

She said: “Many underestimate the time and effort that goes into a fashion shoot and it is a lot more than just pressing the button on your camera! There is something fulfilling about spending months planning, shooting and retouching, to then see the final result in print.

“It is a wonderful feeling to know your photography has been recognised as having attained a standard worthy of being accepted for an associateship qualification. The BIPP have recognised a creative ability in me and my practice and I feel so honoured to have had the opportunity to showcase my work to them.”

BIPP president Roy Meiklejon said: “BIPP qualifications are among the most rigorous in the world. Qualification with the BIPP requires hard work, determination, commitment and lots of creativity.”