Welcome to the last round of the Wedding Photographer of the Year and this month’s theme is Celebrations. Show us your best shot and win yourself a gorgeous AsukaBook album!


Professional Photo – Wedding Photographer of the year contest

If you’ve ever thought that wedding photography was a refuge for a traditional and rather unadventurous approach then you clearly haven’t been keeping an eye on the work of photographers such as Lisa Devlin of Photography Farm fame or been checking out the exciting and edgy practitioners who inhabit the pages of leading wedding website Rock ’n Roll Bride.

Because if you had then you would realise that the world is changing and that this is a sector that is now attracting some of the most creative and exciting photographers on the planet. Our fresh new competition in association with AsukaBook has been set up specifically to throw a spotlight on the talent that’s out there and to give it a stage, both in the magazine and on our website. Over the next six issues we’ll be throwing out a selection of challenges and asking for your best single shot to meet each one, and you’ll be able to see how it’s all developing as the month goes by as the entries build up in real time on the Professional Photo website.

This is a chance to show the world what you can do and to give full rein to your creativity as we share some of the best work and demonstrate how the professional community is rising to the challenge of bringing wedding photography up to date and fit for the 21st century. As couples out there warm to the idea of their big day being captured in style we’ll be talking to the photographers servicing that demand and hopefully delivering a healthy dose of inspiration in the process.

Lisa Devlin herself and Kat Williams the founder of Rock ’n Roll Bride will, along with Professional Photo editor Terry Hope, be the regular monthly judges, along with one guest judge who is an expert in the theme we’re setting. I think we know already that it’s not going to be an easy task to pick out a single winner from the wealth of stunning material we anticipate is going to be arriving, but we’ll get there somehow. In the meantime get ready to do battle and head for our online portal to upload your entry!.

This is a great time of year for celebrations and weddings fit perfectly into the spirit of this. For our final round we’re looking for shots that best sum up the joy and spirit of a romantic and fun occasion.

Time for Round Six of our Wedding Photographer of the Year Competition and this is your last chance to be in with a chance of qualifying for our Final, with our overall winner being announced at The Photo Show next March. Weddings are all about celebration and so you’re bound to have plenty of images that tie into this theme. Choose your best shot and upload it to our website before the closing date of January 3 to be in with a chance of making the final!

Emma Bonnick from Epic Love Story is our specialist judge this month and she operates a gloriously laid back and fun wedding photography service that covers Kent and Sussex. So check out her tips, search out your best celebration shots and share them with us! ​ 

Our last category: Celebrations

Our guest Emma bonnick gives some tips on getting it right.

The celebration shots on your website are full of life and highly spontaneous, so how do you achieve something that looks so uncontrived? 

I’m a very high energy person, so when it comes to the parts of the day where I need to interact with the couple or their guests I don’t shy away, I joke and mess about with everyone so I think people feed off that energy. I always tell photographers who come to me for mentoring to 100% be yourself. This will show in your work: it’s totally an extension of your personality and it’s a huge part of how you find your style.

Do you have a mixture of shots that might be set up and others that are candid?

For around 90% of the day I shoot candidly. The only time I set up shots is for the confetti throwing, so that we get the best light and maximum impact. I always make sure the light and the room is right for make-up and getting ready shots, just because I really like clean lines and sometimes it can be a dark or small environment you have to work in. For me it’s important to get it right so I can deliver the best images I can for the couple, and sometimes this might mean moving to a different room. 
When it comes to bridal party shots or portraits I’ll take them to locations I’ve sought out during dinner and I’ll give them direction but will also mess around with them at the same time to take their minds off of being self-conscious. Hugs, laughter and kisses are what I’m looking for all day. It’s a huge portion of what I deliver to my couples.

Tell us a little about your couples.

My couples tend to be creatives and they’re really relaxed and know how to have fun. When I first started out I only ever shared images of my ideal clients so that I could attract more of the same, then hopefully you can get to a point where they are all your ideal clients because you start to only attract what you put out there. You want someone looking at your work to think, I want that to be me! Or maybe they will think I want my wedding to look that cool or fun or whatever it is that you’re trying to project. You want to resonate with those couples through the images in your portfolio. 


What You Can Win
AsukaBook make superb quality press printed books for professional photographers.

Each monthly round winner receives an AsukaBook Vista 10×10 album with 10 sides worth £72

The overall winner receives a Hard Cover Zen Layflat book 10×10 with 30 sides worth £122

Our Young Wedding Photographer of the Year also wins a Hard Cover Zen Layflat book with 30 sides worth £122

Asukabook prize

Young Wedding Photographer of the Year

We’ll also be looking for a young professional under the age of 25 who submits what we consider to be the best wedding image across all six of the categories, so if you want to be considered for this award you’ll need to tick the box when you enter. This won’t preclude you from winning a section or indeed the overall prize, so make sure you’re in with a chance and show us what you can do!

Terms and Conditions

1 General Terms.

This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle and Man and Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or older, except for employees of So Smart Media and One Vision Imaging, their families or anyone else associated with the competition.

2 Only working professional photographers may enter this competition.

3 Only one image can be submitted per round, per photographer. Late entries will not be accepted and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries may not be sent through agencies or third parties. Photographers can enter all six rounds.

4 Entries must be entered through the Professional Photo website as JPEG or PNG files, no larger than 10MB and no more than 2000 pixels on either edge. Please retain EXIF information in image.

5 All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright.

6 Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to So Smart Media Ltd and AsukaBook to feature any or all of the submitted images in their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition. Winners contact details will also be shared with One Vision Ltd.

7 All entries must be received by the advertised closing times and dates.

8 The final winner will be announced in Issue 170 on sale March 26, 2020.

9 The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

10 Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the promoter and, accordingly the promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the promoter as a result thereof.

11. Website Terms:

11.a To enter the contest you must register a Member Account on the site first. In doing this you agree to our main privacy policy and Terms and Conditions. It is also advisable to subscribe to our news and updates so that you can be kept in the loop about the competition. You can unsubscribe at any time.

11.b Once registered you will then be able to log in and upload your photos. In the welcome email you will also have a link to see your profile on the site, adjust it, add business information, profile photo, cover photo, specialties, website and social media links, hide it if required etc. This information is searchable by those looking for professional photographers and their specialties unless hidden.

12 Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions which you will confirm when you upload your photo.

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This competition is open to professional working photographers only, who are residents either of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle and Man and Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or older.

Guest Judge Emma Bonnick

Emma Bonnick from Epic Love Story is our specialist judge this month and she operates a gloriously laid back and fun wedding photography service that covers Kent and Sussex.

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