Patrick Cameron Photographic Challenge 2015 Winner Announced!

NZARH announced the winner of the 2015 Patrick Cameron Photographic Challenge at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on October 4th at the NZARH Supreme Awards. Carmen Rutland from The Hairdressing College, Palmerston North was the lucky winner with runner-up being Sharon Small from Varda, Hamilton. Third Place went to Makaela Tiddy, from Fusion Hair, Oamaru.

The Patrick Cameron Photographic Challenge asked stylists to showcase their long hair skills with their interpretation of Patrick’s Pink: The Easy Collection. When asked what set the winning image apart, Patrick said, "I love the overall look in Carmen’s images and the solidness of colour that gives the style a sense of drama. The use of braiding gives the style a strong commercial feel which is strongly on trend. I can see a client feeling great wearing this up do. Also the total look emphasises the strength of the finished look.

After reviewing the images in this year’s competition Patrick said he was, "Really happy with the standard of work. Having changed the format to include Smart Phone entries I love that the competition has become accessible to all hairdressers who have a real passion for dressing long hair”.

"I’m thrilled with how the entrants have extended themselves with both hair textures and hair colour, whether it is strong solid colour or soft textural colour. Best of all I can see there is a beautiful and creative approach for the art of dressing long hair.

"What separates the winners from the other finalists was their eye for detail, the overall balance and placement of the hair and how the hairstyle works with the face shape and the suitability of the hair in the context of the styling for each model”.

"It always has to be more than just a great hairstyle, the total look is the deciding factor with harmony between style, balance and finish combined with the right model which will always give an entry the all important X-Factor”.

Carmen Rutland receives travel and accommodation to attend a one on one tutorial and lunch with Patrick Cameron at his Taranaki home in January 2016.

New Zealanders will have two opportunities to learn from internationally renowned long hair stylist Patrick Cameron with An Evening with Patrick Cameron and Friends on the 11th December 2015 Pukekura Function Centre, New Plymouth and at his Two Day School in January 25th.