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2014’s best event photography revealed at inaugural EPAs winners’ reception

Winner: ‘Laughing at the back’ by Paul Clarke Photography
The winners and shortlisted entrants of the first Event Photography Awards enjoyed special recognition of their talents on Tuesday 8th April, at a prize-giving reception at the London Irish Centre, attended by entrants, sponsors and special guests.

The evening marked the launch of the Event Photography Awards Exhibition, where all 23 shortlisted photographs across Professional, Amateur and Social Media categories took their place on the walls of the Camden venue’s ‘Hub’ and ‘Gallery’ spaces, where they will remain throughout April.  

Judged by Philip Atkins, managing director of Off to Work, professional photographer David Loftus, venue designer Paul Daly and Annica Wainwright, editor of Square Meal Venues & Events, the brief was to capture the dramatic settings, stunning occasions, memorable moments and emotive reaction that events deliver. Entrants submitted all sorts of scenarios from weddings, gigs and restaurant launches, to family events, protests and carnivals.  

The 2014 Event Photography Awards winners are:
Best Professional Event Photography of the Year
Winner: ‘Laughing at the back’ by Paul Clarke Photography
Runner-Up: ‘Typically Cambridge’ by John Nassari
Highly Commended: ‘Brighton Fringe City’ by Heather Buckley

Best Amateur Event Photography of the Year
Winner: ‘Linas Adomaitis’ by Jonas Kontautas
Runner-Up: ‘Bullhorn’ by Michael McCann
Highly Commended: ‘Jascotts Wine Tasting Challenge’ by Robin Stewart  

Best Social Media Event Photography of the Year
Winner: ‘A Christmas banquet by candlelight’ by Jessica Britten
Runner-Up: ‘Pilots unwind at RAF Fairford’ by Paul O’Brien
Highly Commended: ‘Creative transformation’ by Robin Parker  

Speaking at the awards evening, Philip Atkins, managing director of off to Work, the events staffing agency that launched the competition and awards, said: “Hundreds of photographs were submitted to the competition and we were humbled by the vast quantity, amazing variety and superb quality of the photos entered into this year’s awards. The creativity shown and the ability to capture the essence of events from every angle, be that as a guest, a supplier, or just as a passer-by, drew us all in to the story behind the events and made us want to be there. It has been an extremely hard process judging all the entries and we are delighted that this year’s awards have captured the imagination of so many. Thanks to our sponsors for their generous support. We look forward to launching next year’s competition and inviting even more budding and professional photographers to enter.”  

Category winners each received a wearable, automatic ‘life-logging’ camera by technology company Narrative, while professional photographer Paul Clarke also received an afternoon tea for two at Mandarin Oriental’s new venue The Rosebery.  

Photos will also be displayed on a special ‘Winner’s Wall’ at Square Meal’s Venues & Events Live 2014 in September, after their showcase at the Event Photography Awards exhibition running throughout April at the London Irish Centre, sponsored by Perton’s Signs, which is celebrating its 150-year anniversary in 2014.  

If you would like to view the Event Photography Awards Exhibition at London Irish Centre, you are welcome to visit during the venue’s opening hours.

Pictured: Winner: ‘Laughing at the back’ by Paul Clarke Photography

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