March 2016 Photography Student of the Month: Dolores Mateo

March 2016 Photography Student of the Month: Dolores Mateo

It’s time for another Student of the Month interview. Each month we pick a student who has shown real growth as an artist, and sit down with them to learn more about their photographic journey. The winner also gets a £50 voucher to be redeemed against any of our courses. This month we sat down with Dolores Mateo to learn more about their journey.

‘I am truly honoured to receive the Student of the Month award, particularly given the standards of my fellow Photoion students. Most importantly, I cannot be grateful enough to Ion for opening my eyes to a new world of fun, light, and enjoyment.


In the summer of 2015 I was unexpectedly left with a broken heart and a basic entry level camera that my ex-boyfriend no longer wanted. Little did I know at the time that this would be the start of my love story with photography. I had never owned a camera before, and my only experience with photography was limited to a few snaps with my phone.


I am a big fan of the outdoors and nature – and, being inspired by some of the images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition 2014, I took the camera with me on a trip to northern England. I was hoping to learn by myself how to capture the beauty of its landscape and local fauna.



The weather could not have been kinder and I had a great time watching animals outdoors and taking pictures… in automatic mode. Maybe some of the images would have been good if only I had known what to look for and how to tell the camera what I wanted it to do.


I decided to try and unveil the secrets within that “little black box”. It must have been fate because at the same time Ion found me through a common Facebook friend. You should have seen Ion’s face when we met at the Beginners Course and I told him that my ultimate goal was to do wildlife photography starting from scratch!


Ion said that he could train anyone to develop a photographer’s eye but that I will have to listen t