I am usually stationed in central London for the best part of 4 days at this time of the year as it’s the annual Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) conference attracting photographers from all parts of the world. This year I could only make a couple of days so I was delighted to see when I visited the gallery of winning images displayed that two of my images were awarded coveted “Merit” scores in the International 20×16 print competition. Entering these sort of competitions when you are competing with wedding photographers from all parts of the globe is always a bit nerve racking but I have always believed you have to be in it to win it!
What I found so rewarding this year was that the two images were from the opposite ends of my creative wedding style palette, so to speak. The first image was a total photojournalism “moment” that I documented between two of the bridesmaids during the couples wedding breakfast. The other was one of my favourite images from 2013, a Notley Abbey Wedding featuring an old vintage Bentley car, a very contemporary image.
I am awaiting the prints being returned to find out how they actually scored but being on display for the weekend in the company of some of the top names in wedding photography Internationally gave me a very proud moment.
Here are the two images: