I took the decision to join another documentary wedding photography group this year and in March I joined the Wedding Photojournalist Association. The WPJA is the largest group for documentary wedding photographers in the world and I am delighted to have won an award with them already.
Unlike other award groups I am only able to enter images taken in the same calendar year for WPJA awards meaning I can only enter recent pictures. I am delighted that this image was award a blue medallion (meaning 3 out of the 4 judges independently selected it) in the most recent set of awards. The moment was captured at Camilla & Daniel’s wedding at The School House, Weeford in March. You can read all about this wedding in my recent blog post here.
Below are my previous awards for documentary photography, from both Photographer Keeping It Real and This Is Reportage. Winning an award from either group is extremely tough as only around 3-5% of images are selected in each round and there are always hundreds of images entered.
I am delighted these two images caught the eyes of the judges for the Photographers Keeping It Real 2019 Spring Awards:
This one was awarded in the 2019 Winter Awards from Photographers Keeping It Real:
The two images below were both taken at wedding in May 2018. I was helping Paul Rogers shoot a large Jewish wedding in Oxfordshire and captured these moments during the traditional dancing, just before the Hora. I love these images, the shoes is a nice detail shot which tells you a lot about the wedding in one image. The black and white one is a great action shot of the sheet toss. Thanks to Paul for having me along and to Louise Perry Weddings for organising such a fantastic day.
The black and white picture was awarded in the 2018 Autumn Awards from Photographers Keeping it Real while the colour picture was awarded by This Is Reportage in their Collection Four, in the summer of last year.