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Event Photography Awards 2014


Here they are: the winners of the inaugural EPAs, a new competition for event photographers, both amateur and pro.

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Launched by staffing agency Off to Work this year, the Event Photography Awards were designed to be a celebration of the diverse nature of the events industry.

The brief to photographers: capture the dramatic settings, stunning occasions, memorable moments and emotive reactions that events deliver. And capture they did. From weddings and wine tastings to live gigs – even protest marches – there’s clearly plenty of stuff out there to inspire a trigger-happy event snapper.

For the inaugural awards, photographers were invited to submit up to three photos each and there were three categories to compete in: Professional, Amateur and Social Media.

Each picture was judged on its technical standard, sentiment and content, as well as its relevance to the events industry. The judging was done blind (no titles or photographers’ names) to ensure each shot on the shortlist was put through purely on its merits. 

‘We were humbled by the vast quantity, amazing variety and superb quality of the photos entered,’ said Philip Atkins, the MD of Off to Work, who with help from sponsor Perton Signs will be displaying the winners in an exhibition at the London Irish Centre in Camden throughout April.

You’ll also be able to catch them at our very own Venues & Events Live exhibition at Old Billingsgate in September. Come see them there!

The professional top three


Laughing at the Back by Paul Clarke Photography

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Judges’ verdict: ‘It’s a great shot – perfectly timed. The laughter and joy really comes through in this picture. It captures love, friendship and a great party. It makes you want to be there with them.’


Typically Cambridge by John Nassari

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Judges' verdict: ‘A real moment in time. Worlds collide for a split second and this photograph captures it exquisitely.’

Highly Commended

Brighton Fringe by Heather Buckley

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Judges' verdict: ‘A dramatic shot. We like that the photographer has gone low to capture it. The dog makes the picture.’

The amateur top three


Linas Adomaitis by Jonas Kontautas

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Judges' verdict: ‘That’s a true fan lost in the moment. The smoke looks fantastic.’


Bullhorn by Michael McCann

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Judge's verdict: ‘It captures one of those amazing side moments at events.’

Highly Commended

Jascotts Wine Tasting Challenge by Robin Stewart

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Judges' verdict: ‘The reactions are great.’

The social media top three


A Christmas Banquet by Candlelight by Jessica Britten

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Judges’ verdict: ‘It’s like an oil painting set in the very era those paintings were commonly produced.’


Pilots Unwind at RAF Fairford by Paul O’Brien

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Judges’ verdict: ‘It captures that all-important team feel of events.’

Highly Commended

Creative Transformation by Robin Parker

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Judges’ verdict: ‘It’s got that pre-party feel. You can picture the dancefloor filling up.’


  • Philip Atkins – managing director of Off to Work
  • Paul Daly – award-winning Irish designer
  • David Loftus – internationally acclaimed photographer
  • Annica Wainwright – editor of Square Meal Venues & Events

Do you agree with the judges? Tweet your views using #EPA14

This article was first published in Square Meal Venues & Events, spring 2014.

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