Photography awards. I’ve never been the type of photographer forever shooting for and entering competitions. In the early days of my career I once had a book thrown at me across the newspaper picture desk. My crime was I had failed to enter a recent front page shot of mine in the annual Press Photography awards. But in the last eighteen months or so I’ve entered a few wedding images into various awards and with some success.
Yesterday evening I was in Cheltenham for the PPOTY awards ( Professional Photographer of the Year ) organised by Professional Photographer magazine, one the UK’s premier photography monthlies. I had entered one of my favourite wedding images from last year into the wedding category, and was happy with it being shortlisted. The presentation was held at the Parabola Arts Centre, with all the shortlisted images on display on wooden easels. Well, almost, my image wasn’t there? The reason became clear when Adam Scorey, Group Editor at the magazine, announced the winner of the wedding category. With the entries judged by documentary wedding photographer, Kevin Mullins – my image had won. My image was underneath the others on display, waiting to be revealed as the winner.
( A downside of winning a photography award was having to pose for a photograph having collected the trophy and certificate. I know which side of the camera I prefer to be on! 🙂 )
But that was not all. As the presentation continued, working through the different categories, it did briefly cross my mind as odd that each winner seemed to be asked to talk about their winning image and I hadn’t been. I put it down to no more than I had been one of the first to go up and Adam had forgotten. I was wrong!
Each category winning image had then gone through for the panel of judges to select the overall winner, for the title ‘Professional Photographer of the Year 2012′. It was a genuine shock to see that my image came up on the screen, that I’d won the overall prize. Bit more than just a wedding photography award.
Kinda glad I went now! 🙂 A big thank you to Adam and his team at the magazine and to the panel of judges. But also the sponsor of the wedding category, Folio Albums and congratulations to all the category winners and shortlisted finalists – some lovely work.
But the most thanks have to go to Sophie & Jeremy. For having the confidence to hire me to document their wedding day last September. And as someone said to me at the awards, it didn’t hurt the image to have had such a beautiful bride to shoot! 😉