Men playing empty oil drums as bride and groom walk down cobbled street - Picture by Chris Scott Photography

Picture of the Year 2016 Runners-Up

So, after a week of intense voting, the results are in. The last seven days has seen more votes cast than any of our Picture of the Year competitions since we started back in 2012, and we’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote. Of course, our thanks also go to all the fantastic photographers who we’ve featured as Picture of the Day in 2016, and congratulations to all the photographers who made the final.

The winner of The Wedding Community’s Picture of the Year 2016 is going to be announced shortly, but before we do we’d like to give a special mention to the photographers whose pictures came second and third…

2nd Place

Men playing empty oil drums as bride and groom walk down cobbled street - Picture by Chris Scott Photography

Chris Scott Photography took second place, with this shot from Ashley and Ross’ post wedding shoot. The picture perfectly captures the impromptu moment two men started playing oil drums as the couple walked up a cobbled alley in Dundee.

“The guys played the oil drums as if they were ceremonial drums, and were serenading and dancing as Ashley and Ross passed them. It was an opportunist moment and, even though quite surreal, I managed to capture it.”

3rd Place

Bride and groom in train station with passengers moving around them - Picture by James Tracey Photography

Third place went to James Tracey Photography for this fantastic picture he took of Anna and Andy at Grand Central Station. As their ‘secret wedding’ wasn’t a traditional day of celebrations, James took the couple around New York to get pictures in a mix of classic and cool locations.

James wanted the image to capture the buzz of New York, so he used a slightly slower shutter speed to blur the walking passengers.

“It took a few takes but when it came off I was delighted. I feel this captures the romance of the wedding with the hustle and bustle of New York, and it’s my favourite ever wedding photo!”

You can see more of Chris Scott Photography and James Tracey Photography’s work at www.chrisscottphotography.co.uk and jamestraceyphotography.com.

Bride and groom standing in front of large LOVE letters in field - Picture by Katherine Ashdown Photography

Picture of the Year 2015 Winner

And the winner of The Wedding Community’s Picture of the Year 2015 is… Katherine Ashdown Photography!

Bride and groom standing in front of large LOVE letters in field - Picture by Katherine Ashdown Photography

Huge congratulations to Katherine Ashdown Photography, winner of our Picture of the Year 2015 competition. Taken at Milly and Rob’s handmade, marquee wedding, the couple’s laid back approach and the fact the letters were “surprising light” made this shot possible. After 10 minutes of moving and setting up the letters in front of the beautiful sunset, Katherine captured this gorgeous image, the final shot of the night.

A runner-up in 2013, Katherine was delighted to hear she’d won…

“Wow I am over the moon to have won ‘Picture of the Year!’ It was amazing to win Picture of the Month, but to win for the whole year is just fantastic, thank you!

“This image was so much fun to shoot, and the lovely Milly and Rob were a real joy to shoot on their wedding day. This was pretty much the last shot of the night. My assistant Heather and I had packed up and were just heading to the car as the sky turned pink. These letters were standing by the marquee so as we passed I tried to pick one up thinking they would be too heavy to move, they were actually really light! So Heather and I grabbed them and moved them across the field to the setting sun, propping them up with croquet hooks! A quick test with lighting and I grabbed Milly and Rob who were all to happy to have one last photo, and we captured this. I was thrilled with it as soon as I shot it!

“A huge thank you to everyone who voted including my friends, family and couples, and for Milly and Rob for following my crazy idea – it was so worth it! Also, well done to all the other finalists, there was some incredible competition. Thank you to the Wedding Community – this photo has had rather a lot of attention and it is wonderful for new brides to see, and generate enquiries!”

To see more of Katherine Ashdown Photography’s work visit www.katherineashdown.co.uk

Bride and groom kissing on bridge over lake - Picture by Chris Chambers Photography

Picture of the Year 2015 Runners-Up

Our Picture of the Year 2016 competition is now closed, the votes have been counted, and the results are in… but before we reveal the winner of our Picture of the Year 2015 we’d like to give a special mention to the photographers who came second and third…

2nd Place

Bride and groom kissing on bridge over lake - Picture by Chris Chambers Photography

This stunning picture by Chris Chambers Photography took second place. Taken on the bridge next to the lake at Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire, at Claire and Andrew’s wedding, this picture was the result of “a grabbed moment” after Chris had looked back and saw “the colouring sky, clouds and railings creating great lines leading back to the castle”.

 

3rd Place

Bride and groom facing each other with sun shining between them - Picture by KTM Photography

Third place went to KTM Photography. This gorgeous picture was taken in May 2015 at the wedding of Louisa and Neil at Burntwood Court Hotel and Spa. As the sun started to set, Katie of KTM Photography took the couple away “to capture some precious moments with just the two of them”. As Louisa and Neil turned to face each other the setting sun highlighted them from behind and Katie captured this perfectly intimate moment between the two of them.

Our congratulations go to Chris and Katie. To see more of Chris Chambers Photography and KTM Photography’s work visit www.chrischambersphotography.co.uk and www.ktmphotography.co.uk