Synergy Spotlight

"Dream bigger, be grateful for what you have & don't let failure hold you back" are the words of advice from Lynne Cameron, a freelance sports photojournalist, who has been in the photography industry for over 20 years. In a predominately male dominated industry she is certainly testament to the fact that hard work and persistence pays off. This is why we're proud to give her the Synergy Spotlight this month. Enjoy!

1. Your career in one paragraph?

Chief photographer at Rangers Football Club for 9 years then onto Scottish Rugby and PA. I went freelance last year to pursue my love of editorial and commercial sports photography.

2. What is the highlight of your career to date?

I am very privileged in that I have covered some amazing events but RWC 2011 and the Lions tour this year in New Zealand would be up there - the Kiwis love their rugby and its a beautiful country. Sports photographer of the year 2011 and of course official photographer for Rangers and Scottish Rugby were special times with great people. Possibly surviving in sports photography for 20 years!

Oh and the other thing I did which was great was when at Rangers I did work with the study support centre when I organised disposable cameras for the class and they went off and took pictures of their lives - really interesting and rewarding. It’s amazing to be able to share my passion of photography and show kids how much joy it can bring!

3. Describe yourself in 3 words

Photographer, Passionate, Tenacious

4. What is the key to your success?

Persistence, hard work and my love of photography even if the industry can be ugly.

5. Who inspired you and why?

Photography - Tom Main an amazing photographer who inspired and encouraged me when I first started working. His generosity of advice , support and friendship over the years has kept me semi sane.

Marc Aspland of The Times- you see his work and think 'I wish I had taken that' and he is one of the industry good guys. Sadly there were no female sports photographers that I knew of when I started - this is changing but its too slow.

Personally - my love of sport came from my grandfather we spent lots of happy time watching sport together.

6. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Spend less time worrying about what other people think and believe in yourself and what you do

7. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Lots ! Dream bigger who says you can't have it all? Travel more, be grateful for what you have, surround yourself with good people and don't let failure hold you back. I always said to myself when I grow up I will get a 'real' job - still waiting for that to happen!

To view her work see here.