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The fun and fast-paced Off to Work Event Photography Awards ceremony made a successful and highly enjoyable return to the plush Mayfair townhouse venue No.4 Hamilton Place on Tuesday 4th October after a virtual event in 2020 and pandemic-enforced pause in 2021.

The not-for-profit competition was open to images captured during both 2020 and 2021 and 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…

As ever though, there was a plethora of pleasing, insightful and inspiring images amongst more than 100 short-listed shots that were on display at the awards event, which featured delicious canapes and bowl food by caterers Blue Strawberry and slick production by Visions.

Off to Work Event Photography Awards winners were:

The prestigious Overall Winner trophy and a cheque for £1,000 was picked up by Luke Dyson, whose panoramic shot of Reading Festival was a clear winner having gladdened the hearts of the judges. Entitled ‘Cherry Picking Season’, the image was captured while Luke was lofted 65ft above ground by a cherry-picker lorry, hence the title.


Luke Dyson – winner in Overall category

Runner-up was the atmospheric winner of the Music category ‘Pianoman’, taken by Carlos-Alvar Gonzalez, who flew in from Mexico to collect his trophies.


Carlos Alvar Gonzalez -runner up in Overall category

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 encapsulated an Experiential Event that was three years in the planning. For the first time ever there was also a dead hear – in the Weddings category, which was shared by Steve Rooney and Andy Griffiths.

Deb Porter – Catering category winner


Jack Boskett – Portrait category winner

Competition founder, Philip Atkins, MD of staffing agency Off to Work commented: “Photography does so much to amplify, justify and sustain the events industry, so we felt it was important not to wait until 2023 to relaunch the competition, especially as we could include some amazing images taken during the Covid crisis. The competition was as tough as ever and the images entered captured both the resilience and brilliance of the events sector.”

Competition director, Graham Hill, commented: “We owe huge debts of gratitude to our sponsors and event partners for making the competition and awards event such a success. To our array of industry leading judges as well, who had over 300 photos to review. The competition has been a great success and 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


Additional Information

Off to Work Event Photography Awards were founded in 2014 by Philip Atkins, Managing Director of premier event staffing agency Off to Work, to celebrate the (often unsung) photographers who contribute so much to the validity, sustenance and marketability of the events industry.


EPA 2022 is the 8th edition of the not-for-profit exercise.

The quick-fire, double-year competition was organised in just 5 months instead of the usual 12.

The awards are open to both professionals and amateurs – well over 700 shots were entered in the 2022 competition.



Entries for EPA 2023 will open in November 2022 and the awards event will be in May 2023


Key Suppliers & Supporters

  • Organisers & Staff: Off to Work
  • Venue:                     4 Hamilton Place
  • Catering:                  Blue Strawberry
  • Production:             Visions Group
  • Marketing:               Tembo
  • PR:                             Triggerfish
  • Photography            Splento
  • Voting Platform      Survey Legend