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.

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

Picture of the Month – September 2016

And the winner is… Chris Scott Photography!

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

This fantastic picture by Chris Scott Photography received the most votes in our poll to win our September 2016 Picture of the Month. Taken on the cobbled streets of Dundee, the picture is from Ashley and Ross’ post wedding shoot, which took place a few days after their wedding. Chris explained how the shot came about…

“We had done the main shoot and wanted to get some urban shots in the city centre. I had a shot in Aberdeen from a previous wedding which Ashley and Ross loved, and I wanted to give them something along those lines.

“Having arrived at the location first I was quickly doing exposure checks before the couple arrived. I saw the two Chinese guys come out the back door of their restaurant into the alleyway to empty the cooking oil cans into a skip. We exchanged pleasantries and they asked what I was doing. I explained I was waiting for my bride and groom and they started laughing and joking among themselves.

“As Ashley and Ross started walking up the alley 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.

“When I’m not shooting weddings my passion in photography is street/documentary. I am therefore always on the lookout for something out of nothing, and having to capture unplanned moments. It really paid off here.

“Ashley and Ross were over the moon with the image. Even though they’re not the focus of the image they loved it and have a canvason their wall at home. I have to say, it’s one of my favourites too.”

To see more of Chris Scott Photography’s work visit www.chrisscottphotography.co.uk.