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Competition Wedding Photographer of theYear: Round 5

Discover the theme for Round 5 and find out the winner of Round 3 Last month we launched Round 4 of our WeddingPhotographeroftheYearcompetition with Loxley, so we’re more than halfway through the competition. Currently in the running tobe crownedWeddingPhotographer of the year are Round 1 winner AshDavenport, Round 2 winner Marie Anson and our Round 3 winner, who we can reveal is Steve Vaughan; his photographwon the Reportage round.

Round 3: winning image Steve’s winning image shows the bride’s grandparents and her aunt, sittingwaiting to greet the bride and groom. Steve says, “It’s one of thosemoments that I love to look for in a wedding, and I like the way they lookmiserable with all the happy photos around themat the back. We do have lots of photos of themenjoying themselves later in the day, it was just ‘amoment’!” Steve has won a Bellissimo album fromLoxley Colour and also joins the running to be namedWedding Photographer of the Year 2019.

Here are some of the judge’s comments:

“You’d think everyone belonging to them was dead! Great expressions!” Paul Callaghan

“I just love the look on everyone’s faces, they just look so bored and uninterested. A well seen and

capturedmoment.” Trevor Yerbury

“This image is an example of catching a wonderful situation at a wedding. This photographer did not miss the magical moment of the sheer boredom from

the elderly guests. Faye Yerbury

“My reason for choosing this is that it captures a very real moment and tells a story that evokes a reaction fromme, the viewer. I like to be able to get a story from a reportage image and experience an emotion, and I get that from looking at this image.” Natalie Martin

Round 5: Group shot

Here are some group shots from some of the judges – Brett Florens and Kevin Pengelly Get inspired

While not always fun for guests, group shots of family and friends are still important, as the couple can look back and be reminded of the loved ones that shared their special day. You might take traditional group shots with family members all standing around the bridge and groom, or cleverly composed shots of the groomsmen and bridesmaids, or you could get a little more creative. Last year’s winner and judge of this year’s competition, Natalie Martin, says, “Obviously families are a huge aspect of the wedding day photographs and what I want to see here is something different, something away from the normal wedding line-up. A bit of fun, a bit of energy and a lot of love." Judge Kevin Pengelly says, “I like to see a well-balanced image with good posing and a connection between the group. It could also show the love between the family and also the fun element.” Adam Johnson has this advice to offer; “Making a group shot more than just a boring image is a huge skill, so I’ll be looking for elements of individual posing, background selection, and then the expressions across the group.”

Submit your Round 5 image at weddingphotographeroftheyear before 10 September to enter. Full Ts&Cs can be found at the link above.

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