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.
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.
And the winner of The Wedding Community’s Picture of the Year 2012 is… 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.”
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.
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…
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.
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.
The time has come. 247 ‘Picture of the Day’ images have been narrowed down to just 12, and now it’s time for you to pick your Picture of the Year. As with the Picture of the Day voting, please choose your favourite picture from the 12 below, and vote using the form at the bottom of this post. Only one vote is allowed per person (voting is monitored – any duplicate votes will be void) and voting will close at 12pm on Tuesday 22nd January 2013. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 23rd January 2013 on this blog. Good luck everyone.