After being hit by Covid over the past few years, the Off to Work Event Photography Awards made a welcome return to a live prizegiving evening.

The prestigious Overall Winner trophy and a cheque for £1000 was picked up by Luke Dyson, with a panoramic shot of Reading Music Festival. Runner-up was the atmospheric winner of the Music category ‘Pianoman,’ taken by Carlos-Alvar Gonzalez, who flew in from Mexico to collect his trophy. The two top Highly-Commended accolades went to regular Catering category winner, Deb Porter, for her cleverly captured ‘Reflected Chef’, and Jack Boskett for ‘Horsepower,’ which captured an enthralling race between a horse and a steam train, which was three years in the planning. For the first time ever there was also a dead heat – in the Weddings category, which was shared by Steve Rooney and Andy Griffiths.

This time around the competition, which featured Professional Photo editor Terry Hope amongst the judges, featured two new categories: Portraits, which was won by a shot of the (now) King Charles III, and the special one-off Covid Chronicles, which attracting many moving entries that brought back mournful memories of masks and social distancing.

“The competition has been a great success,” remarked competition director Graham Hill, who praised the sponsors, event partners and judges for their support. “It will run again in 2023, with entries opening in November as the awards event will return to its traditional schedule and culminate in May.”


Full list of Winners & Categories

Photographer Overall Category Title
Luke Dyson Overall Winner Cultural Events Cherry Picking Season
Carlos Alvar Gonzalez Overall Runner-Up Music Events Pianoman
Jack Boskett Overall Highly-Commended Experiential Events Horsepower
Deb Porter Overall Highly-Commended Catering The Reflected Chef
Steven Rooney Category Winner Covid Chronicles Covid Wedding
Jack Boskett Category Winner Portraits HRH Prince of Wales (King Charles III)
Deb Porter Category Winner Behind the Scenes Kitchen Framed
Luke Dyson Category Winner Corporate Events Light It Up
Benjamin Arthur Category Winner Private Events Funeral Procession
Dave Dodge Category Winner Sporting Events Heaven Or Hell
Aidan Synnott Category Winner Trade Shows Stitch
Noah Goodrich Category Winner Venues Dinner in the White Tower
Steven Rooney Joint Category Winner Weddings Brotherly Love
Andy Griffiths Joint Category Winner Weddings Eye Can’t She’s Coming…
Warren Millar Winner Best Amateur Example shot = Suggs
Paul Nicholls Winner Portfolio Award  Example shot = All Smiles

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