PHOTOGRAPHERS starting out in the industry are invited to apply for an internship set up in memory of a talented Stourbridge snapper who died suddenly at the age of 35.

The Thomas Sheppard Internship has been set up to remember Tom Sheppard who rented studio space at The Sterlingham Company’s factory in Stamford Street, Amblecote.

After graduating from the University of the Arts in London, Tom from Dudley worked for almost a decade as a photographer of watches, with his images and designs appearing in window displays around the world.

Following his unexpected death in April 2021, Tom’s family decided they wanted to honour his memory by giving other photographers the space and time to develop their portfolio post-education and take their first steps towards employment or self-employment.

The Sterlingham Company, which makes brass bathroom accessories, is supporting their wish by offering continued use of the warehouse space where photographer, designer and visual artist Tom had a studio.

A spokesperson for The Sterlingham Company said: “To those who knew Tom, he was an inspiration. His love of life and creativeness is sorely missed by us all. Outside of photography Tom was someone who always had time for everyone from all walks of life and in all circumstances.

“Though Tom may no longer be here to inspire us in person, we very much hope for those who take part in this opportunity that Tom continues to be a source of inspiration.

“Tom would love to know that in some small way maybe he can help others on the journey to realising their own dreams and ambitions.”

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Each internship will run for a period of 12 weeks and two to three applicants can be accommodated each year.