three old ladies at a wedding sitting talking

David is Nominated for the SWPP "Photographer of The Year" – Wedding Photojournalistic Category

I opened my email Inbox last  Monday and had to do a double-take as I found out that I have been nominated by the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) panel of professional photographer judges for the award of ‘Photographer of the Year’ with the image shown here in the category “Wedding Photojournalistic”
My image will be placed in this year’s limited edition of ‘The Societies Collection 2013’ book along with the other nominated images, all of which are eligible to win the title of ‘Photographer of the Year’. Should I be successful within the category I will then stand the chance of winning 3rd place, 2nd place or Overall Photographer of the Year. All winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner at 8pm on Saturday 18th January 2014 at The Hilton Metropole Hotel, Edgware Road, London. Each winner will be presented with a trophy on the night.

There are 28 different categories but only three for weddings which are Wedding Traditional, Wedding Avant Garde and Wedding Photojournalistic and there were over 13,300 entries from photographers all over the world so I am very, very honoured and proud to even get this far against the best International wedding photographers  in the industry. There will no doubt be some very stiff competition but you have to be in it to win it I guess!

This available light image was captured during the champagne reception at a wedding at Ashridge House. I loved the hats in this image (why don’t more people wear hats at weddings and why is it always the older guests?!). I knew with the strong sidelighting it would accentuate the lines and character of the ladies in this image. I particularly love the non-plussed expression of the lady on the right who is obviously not included in the conversation between the other two. A punchy monochrome conversion with plenty of contrast was always the way this was going to be presented.
Technical details good old 50mm f1.2 L prime lens handheld at f/ 2.2 and 1/100th sec at ISO 800 with a Canon 5DMK3




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