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Here they are: the winners of the inaugural EPAs, a new competition for event photographers, both amateur and pro.
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.
The professional top three
Laughing at the Back by Paul Clarke Photography
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
Judges' verdict: ‘A real moment in time. Worlds collide for a split second and this photograph captures it exquisitely.’
Brighton Fringe by Heather Buckley
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
Judges' verdict: ‘That’s a true fan lost in the moment. The smoke looks fantastic.’
Bullhorn by Michael McCann
Judge's verdict: ‘It captures one of those amazing side moments at events.’
Jascotts Wine Tasting Challenge by Robin Stewart
Judges' verdict: ‘The reactions are great.’
The social media top three
A Christmas Banquet by Candlelight by Jessica Britten
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
Judges’ verdict: ‘It captures that all-important team feel of events.’
Creative Transformation by Robin Parker
Judges’ verdict: ‘It’s got that pre-party feel. You can picture the dancefloor filling up.’
THE JUDGING PANEL
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This article was first published in Square Meal Venues & Events, spring 2014.