At 12noon we’ll be announcing the winner of our 2014 Picture of the Year vote, but first we’d like to give a special mention to the photographers who took second and third place…
Second place went to this picture by Jamie Penfold Photography. Taken at the Roof Bar on top of The Vermont Hotel in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Jamie took the picture from low down to give it an interesting viewpoint, and used the lines of the floorboards and plant boxes to guide the eye to the couple, Adam and Tanya.
Third place went to this picture by Katy Lunsford Photography, taken at Bryony and Faraz’s rustic French wedding. Katy spotted the golden field the day before the wedding and realised that the sun would be going down in exactly the right place to get the most gorgeous golden light, if the timing was right, so Bryony and Faraz delayed their wedding speeches so they could get the shot.
And the winner of The Wedding Community’s Picture of the Year 2013 is… 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?!”
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.