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Paul Watts AFHEA

Associate Lecturer

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering


Paul has worked in the photographic industry for over 30 years.

After studying professional photography at Reading, he secured a place with one of the top commercial and advertising photography companies of that era. Clients included many multi-national businesses across the UK, photographing anything from a microchip to a jumbo jet. Working pre-digital with large format cameras in this highly detailed industry provided an incredible foundation of critical thinking and self-assessment, and undoubtedly helped with future career success.

Six years later, a new challenge arose within the photojournalism industry, overseeing the movement from film to digital. This was an exciting time with a change of pace and technology that saw Paul go to photograph the conflict in Bosnia and the following refugee crisis in Kosovo.

Over the next 12 years, the variety of the photojournalism industry allowed Paul the opportunity to cover high profile major news and sporting events and work within the fashion and magazine industry, gaining three awards and many front and back pages in te national media.

In 2004, a move to work freelance opened up new avenues, and Paul secured a 10-year contract with a Premier League football club to provide match-day coverage and all commercial photography. This then grew to see Paul providing commercial photography, fashion and merchandising imagery for five other major sporting providers.

Experience in both film and digital and often working in difficult circumstances and tight deadlines within a variety of photographic disciplines has given Paul an invaluable knowledge of the industry.

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Industry experience

Paul has worked in the photographic industry for over 30 years. During this time he has worked in the commercial, advertising, fashion, studio, location, news, magazine and features, sport, architectural, PR, food, product, documentary, and street photography fields.

Teaching experience

Paul has been an associate lecturer in photojournalism at Solent for five years. He also guest lectures in sport and investigative journalism.


Paul has won three Newsquest national awards: Press Photographer of the Year, 1991; Sports Photographer of the Year, 1991; and Feature Photographer of the Year, 1991.