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Event Photography Awards winners announced

Naf Selmani, ‘Lift Me Up’ winning photograph
TThe winners of the Event Photography Awards 2016 were revealed Wednesday evening at Church House Westminster. The awards reception, attended by finalists, judges, media and VIPs from the event industry, celebrated the best event photography from the past year.
Amateur photographer Naf Selmani took the gold, receiving the overall accolade of the Event Photography Awards as well as winning the Cultural Events category with his image ‘Lift Me Up’.

Numerous entries from renowned event photographer Paul Clarke received recognition. ‘MozFest’ was named second overall as well as runner-up in the Corporate Event category, ‘Oyster Moment’ came second in the Weddings category, while his enchanting ‘Leadenhall Dancing’ won the Private Events category.

Professional photographer Bartlomiej Jurecki received Commended in the overall category for his photo ‘Joy Ride BIKE Fest’ which also came first place in the Sporting Events category. His other entry, ‘Rapa das Bestas’, was named runner-up in the Cultural Event category.

The winners from the night are as below:
Behind The Scenes:
• Winner: ‘Election Day’ by Julian Claxton
• Runner-Up: ‘Untitled’ by Kevin Moran
• Highly Commended: ‘Emerge’ by Alistair Veryard
Corporate Events:
• Winner: ‘Teamwork’ by Kevin Moran
• Runner-Up: ‘MozFest’ by Paul Clarke
• Highly Commended: ‘Walkabout Foundation Gala at the Natural History Museum’ by Teofil Rewers
Cultural Events: • Winner: ‘Lift Me Up’ by Naf Selmani
• Runner-Up: ‘Rapa das Bestas’ by Bartlomiej Jurecki
• Highly Commended: ‘Legio Italica Commander’ by Steve Fleming
Experiential and Trade Shows:
• Winner: ‘Chilli Eating Contest Finalists’ by Chris Cooper
• Runner-Up: ‘Hall 1’ by Georg Kludsky
• Highly Commended: ‘Enchanted Westonbrit’ by Paul Nicholls
• Winner: ‘Vintage Trouble’ by Dave Hudspeth
• Runner-Up: ‘Role Modelz’ by Sean Jamar
• Highly Commended: ‘Heartbeat’ by Maria Rouse
Private Events: • Winner: ‘Leadenhall Dancing’ by Paul Clarke
• Runner-Up: ‘Graduation’ by Kevin Moran
• Highly Commended: ‘All the Best, Mom!’ by Kamila Burzymowska
Sporting Events:
• Winner: ‘Joy Ride BIKE Fest’ by Bartlomiej Jurecki
• Runner-Up: ‘Three Peaks Cyclocross Yorkshire’ by Steve Fleming
• Highly Commended: ‘Follow The Leader’ by Shane Wilkinson
• Winner: ‘First Look’ by Andrew Billington
• Runner-Up: ‘Oyster Moment’ by Paul Clarke
• Highly Commended: ‘Catching the Bouquet’ by Steve Grogan
Overall: • Winner: ‘Lift Me Up’ by Nag Selmani
• Runner-Up: ‘MozFest’ by Paul Clarke
• Highly Commended: ‘Joy Ride BIKE Fest’ by Bartlomiej Jurecki

Introduced for this year, guests of the Awards reception were asked to vote for their favourite shortlisted image as the ‘People’s Choice’. ‘Two Worlds’ by Valentin Verzeanu, captured the audience winning the category.

Philip Atkins, Founder of the Event Photography Awards and Managing Director of Off To Work said: “We received a staggering amount of incredible entries for this year’s awards and the judges had a tough job to find the photographs that captured the essence, excitement and energy of live events and we judged each photo entirely on its content and technique.

“As an industry we’re all about stirring up emotions and creating memorable moments for guests and we’re very excited by the opportunity to recognise the power of great photography in telling the story of an event experience.”

Sponsors of the awards evening included Off to Work, who provided waiting staff and cocktail bartenders, Church House Westminster, Perton Signs, who produced the photo prints to create the gallery and Exposure Communications, whose managing director Simon Burton compèred the awards.

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