Bride and bridesmaids throwing umbrellas in the air - Picture by DSB Creative

Picture of the Year 2013 Winner

And the winner of The Wedding Community’s Picture of the Year 2013 is… DSB Creative!

Bride and bridesmaids throwing umbrellas in the air - Picture by DSB Creative

Our congratulations go to DSB Creative, the winner of our 2013 Picture of the Year competition. Taken at the wedding of Dave and Anna, the gale force winds on the day created the perfect opportunity for this picture, which Damian of DSB took whilst laying in nettles and hard cow dung! On the count of three Anna and her bridesmaids released their umbrellas which flew off into the heavens, and Damian timed the moment perfectly, capturing a shot which is “almost perfectly symmetrical”.

Damian was delighted when he heard his picture had won, and wanted to thank everyone who voted…

“First of all, I am still shocked. I was absolutely ‘chuffed’ to bits when I won picture of the month last year, which I did not expect at all. When the phone rang I answered nervously, and my first thought was maybe I’d come third at best, as it was such a strong competition and all the other pictures were amazing. I had my favourites within the 12 entered, which were such strong images, so when I heard I’d won – jeez, I was shocked then super happy, and I could not stop laughing down the phone, much to Kim’s amusement!

“The support I had from friends, previous clients, new clients, and people I don’t know who have voted has been overwhelming, so I thank them all for the support and I am so so humbled by the fact that people have gone out of the way to vote for that pic. Special thanks go to Anna, Laura and Rachel for being ‘up for’ this shot, despite the crazy weather conditions – you guys rock!!

“Something else I need to mention is since I first submitted this image to The Wedding Community I have generated lot’s more traffic to my website and have also had so many enquiries from clients who have mentioned they’d got in touch after seeing that pic, so submitting your images to competitions like this has its rewards and puts a continuous smile on your face when you hear you have won; mine is still a mile wide!

“So thanks again for all your support and encouragement – is it too early to celebrate with a tall cold beer?!”

To see more of DSB Creative’s work visit www.dsbcreative.com

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Bride and groom reflection in wing mirror of vintage car - Picture by Jenna Carpenter Photography

Picture of the Year 2013 Runners-Up

Soon we’ll be announcing the winner of our 2013 Picture of the Year vote, but before we do we’d like to give a special mention to the photographers whose pictures came second and third…

2nd Place

Bride and groom reflection in wing mirror of vintage car - Picture by Jenna Carpenter Photography

Second place went to this picture by Jenna Carpenter Photography, taken at the wedding of Catriona and Tristan in early 2013 (Catriona was Jenna’s maths teacher from secondary school!).  Jenna wanted to take a photo of the couple in the car, and managed to capture this photo just at the right time and angle; it soon became one of Jenna’s favourites from the day.

 

3rd Place

Bride and groom standing next to dinosaur - Picture by Katherine Ashdown Photography

This picture by Katherine Ashdown Photography took third place. Taken at the wedding of Denise and Gary at Weston Park in Norfolk, the picture was actually requested by Denise, who emailed Katherine a few days before the wedding to ask if they could have some pictures taken with the dinosaurs which are in the land next to the venue. Although Katherine at first thought it might look a little odd, as they just look like big plastic dinosaurs in the light of day, she came up with the idea of taking the picture at night, silhouetting the couple next to the dinosaur. The shot came out exactly how she had imagined it.

To see more of Jenna and Katherine’s work visit http://jennacarpenterphotography.co.uk and www.katherineashdown.co.uk.

Black and white picture of bride opening curtains in front of window - Picture by Karli Harrison Photography

Picture of the Year 2012 Winner

And the winner of The Wedding Community’s Picture of the Year 2012 is… Karli Harrison Photography!

Black and white picture of bride opening curtains in front of window - Picture by Karli Harrison Photography

Huge congratulations to Karli Harrison Photography, the winner of The Wedding Community’s first ever ‘Picture of the Year’ competition. In a closely fought final vote, this stunning picture, which was taken during the bridal preparations before Claire and Roger’s wedding at Northop Hall Country House Hotel in Chester, in June 2012, received the most votes from our readers to win ‘Picture of the Year 2012’.

Having found out she’d won, Karli wanted to thank everyone who voted for their support…

“I am sat here writing this in complete shock. I first submitted a photograph last year for ‘Picture of the Day’, and I was really pleased when it was picked to be featured. I hadn’t really thought about ‘Picture of the Month’, so when the competition came round I certainly didn’t expect to win. When I did, I was over the moon, and shocked! The amount of support that I’d received from people I know, and even those that I don’t, surprised me.

“As the ‘Picture of the Year’ competition came round, I saw that I was up against some amazing photographs, and once again I didn’t expect to win. To be honest, just being in the top 12 out of the original 247 pictures was an honour.

“The support has surprised me this time round too, so many people have voted and said such encouraging things. After the competition closed, I answered the phone a few minutes later with shaking hands, in a state of disbelief once again! I’ve won ‘Picture of the Year’!

“I have received a lot of interest since joining the competition; I have had more traffic to my website, and even a new wedding booking after I was seen in the competition last week.

“If you’d told me back when I’d first submitted my photo that I’d go ahead to win the overall competition, I would have laughed!

“I would like to say a little thank you to everyone for your kind support, and encouragement. Without all of you, I wouldn’t be here.”

To see more of Karli’s work visit www.karliharrisonphotography.com

Congratulations again to Karli Harrison Photography, and to all the ‘Picture of the Year’ finalists. The response we have had to the competition has been incredible. Thank you to everyone who submitted pictures throughout 2012, and we look forward to another year of featuring fantastic photographs, from very talented photographers.

Bride and groom under arches - Picture by Jamie Penfold Photography

Picture of the Year 2012 Runners-Up

Before we announce the winner of The Wedding Community’s Picture of the Year’ 2012 vote, we’d like to give a special mention to the runners-up…

2nd Place

Second place went to this picture by Jamie Penfold Photography, shot on Newcastle’s historic High Level Bridge in October 2011. Jamie “framed” the couple, Darren and Victoria, in amongst the arches and used the perpendicular shadows to create some added interest.

Bride and groom under arches - Picture by Jamie Penfold Photography

3rd Place

Third place went to this picture by Olivia Shaw Photography. The picture was taken at Sarah and Toby’s wedding at St Michael’s Manor in St Albans on 15th January 2012, on a beautiful, crisp, winter’s day. Olivia loves the gaze between the couple in this photo, capturing their beaming happiness at a very special moment between a newly married couple.

Bride smiling at groom - Picture by Olivia Shaw Photography

Congratulations to both our runners-up, and you can see more of their work by visiting www.jamiepenfold.com and www.shawshots.com.