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Event Photography Awards 2024 winner is a classic ‘behind the scenes’ shot

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PA Life was pleased to be supporting the Event Photography Awards 2024 on its 10th anniversary year. As media partners, plus our editor being one of the industry judges, we attended the fabulous awards celebrations in central London on June 5th. The event took place at the at the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) magnificent headquarters, 66 Portland Place. Some 250 guests perused an extensive gallery of over 130 short-listed shots while enjoying particularly tasty catering by Company of Cooks. Let’s take the look at who the Event Photography Awards 2024 winner of the Overall category and all the other categories are…

The not-for-profit competition has 20 categories and attracted 2,500 images. The Event Photography Awards were founded in 2014 by Philip Atkins, CEO of Off To Work, to highlight the importance of great photography to the sustenance of the events industry.

The Event Photography Awards 2024 Overall Winner took home the trophy with a ‘behind the scenes’ shot

The prestigious Overall Winner trophy and a cheque for £1,000 was won by Netherlands-based photographer, Benjamin Arthur. His stylish and classic ‘Behind The Scenes’ category winner proved popular amongst the many all-too-knowing event industry leading panel of judges. Entitled ‘Set-up Symmetry’, the image highlights the attention to detail required for successful events and pride staff take in delivering them. It was captured at the Felix Meritis venue in Amsterdam just prior to a pre-conference dinner for the European Society of Cardiology.

The Painted Hall in Greenwich was the venue for the Overall Runner-up shot, captured by last year’s Best Amateur award-winner, Cath Dupuy. The iconic space regularly features in the Venues category of the competition, but this time it won through in Cultural Events, as the image captures Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ installation – both directly and reflected onto a glass table that sits in the venue’s Upper Hall.

Who won the Catering, Venues and Seasonal Events categories?

This year’s winner of the Venues category showed the set up for a dinner in the Barry Rooms at The National Gallery, captured by James Everett. The image was also one of the two Overall Highly-Commended entries, alongside Gloucestershire-based photographer, Paul Nicholls’ pleasing image ‘Penny Father Christmas’, which won the Seasonal Events category.

The coveted Best Portfolio award was won by Alistair Veryard, who also won the Brand Activation & Experiential Events trophy with his all-action wrestling shot ‘Catapult’, captured at a Domino’s product launch for the Ultimate Chicken Mexican pizza. The year’s Best Amateur was gig specialist, Andrew Pountney, who also won the new Music Events – Audience category with his shot of a manic crowd surfer ‘Luvvin it’!

Joint winners for Royal Occasions

The popular Royal Occasions category threw up a surprise when Jack Boskett and Chris Jackson were declared joint winners. The competition’s SurveyLegend judging system is used empirically, so perfectly level scores can occur – as they also did with the 2022 Weddings category.

This year’s Weddings category was won by Austrian photographer, Barbara Weber, who along with the overall winner, travelled to London for the ceremony, as did short-listed entrants from Sweden, Slovakia and Shetland!

Competition founder, Philip Atkins, CEO of event staffing agency Off to Work, commented: “Photography does so much to amplify, justify and sustain the events industry. It’s therefore so heartening that the competition has not only reached its 10th Anniversary, but is also now attracting so many entries. We received some 2,500 this year, showing how investment in quality photography is given increasing importance. The competition was the toughest ever and the images entered encapsulated the impact, both societal and commercial, of a durable and effervescent events sector.”

Congratulations to all the winners!

Photographer Award Category
Benjamin Arthur Overall Winner Behind the Scenes
Cath Dupuy Overall Runner-up Cultural Events
James Everett Overall Highly Commended Venues
Paul Nicholls Overall Highly Commended Christmas Parties & Seasonal Events
Tom Flathers Category Winner A Listers
Anne-Marie Forker Category Runner-up A Listers
Gabriel Bush Category Highly Commended A Listers
Benjamin Arthur Category Highly Commended A Listers
Benjamin Arthur Category Winner, Overall Winner Behind the Scenes
Jack Boskett Category Runner-up Behind the Scenes
Corinne Cumming Category Highly Commended Behind the Scenes
Deb Porter Category Highly Commended Behind the Scenes
Alistair Veryard Category Winner Brand Activation & Experiential Events
Hollie Mateer Category Runner-up Brand Activation & Experiential Events
Andrew Billington Category Highly Commended Brand Activation & Experiential Events
Amy Cooke Category Highly Commended Brand Activation & Experiential Events
Owen Billcliffe Category Winner Catering, Food & Drink
Kate Hockenhull Category Runner-up Catering, Food & Drink
Jesus Figueirido Category Highly Commended Catering, Food & Drink
Noah Goodrich Category Highly Commended Catering, Food & Drink
Paul Nicholls Category Winner, Overall Highly Commended Christmas Parties & Seasonal Events
Kate Hockenhull Category Highly Commended Christmas Parties & Seasonal Events
Karolina Krasuska Category Runner-up Christmas Parties & Seasonal Events
Alistair Veryard Category Highly Commended Christmas Parties & Seasonal Events
Benjamin Arthur Category Winner Corporate Events & Conferences
Richard Gray Category Runner-up Corporate Events & Conferences
Ben Harrison Meek Category Highly Commended Corporate Events & Conferences
Benjamin Arthur Category Highly Commended Corporate Events & Conferences
Cath Dupuy Category Winner, Overall Runner-up Cultural Events
Geoffrey Hubbel Category Runner-up Cultural Events
Paul Clarke Category Highly Commended Cultural Events
Gordon Siegel Category Highly Commended Cultural Events
Andrew Pountney Category Winner Music Events – Audiences
Gary Walker Category Runner-up Music Events – Audiences
Matthew Higgs Category Highly Commended Music Events – Audiences
Maja Smiejkowska Category Highly Commended Music Events – Audiences
Brendon Ferataj Category Runner-up Music Events – Concerts
Anne-Marie Forker Category Winner Music Events – Concerts
Martina Mlcuchova Category Highly Commended Music Events – Concerts
Julien Duval Category Highly Commended Music Events – Concerts
Stephen Cain Category Winner Music Events – Performers
Danny Sargent Category Runner-up Music Events – Performers
Julien Duval Category Highly Commended Music Events – Performers
James Bridle Category Highly Commended Music Events – Performers
Steve Grogan Category Winner Portraits
Matthew Eachus Category Runner-up Portraits
Jonny Nolan Category Highly Commended Portraits
Darren Athersmith Category Highly Commended Portraits
Charlene Thornborough Category Winner Private Events
Andrew Billington Category Runner-up Private Events
Paul Nicholls Category Highly Commended Private Events
Benjamin Arthur Category Highly Commended Private Events
Jack Boskett Joint Category Winner Royal Occasions
Chris Jackson Joint Category Winner Royal Occasions
Samir Hussein Category Highly Commended Royal Occasions
Simon-James Smith Category Highly Commended Royal Occasions
Peter Watt Category Winner Sporting Events
Matthew Lewis Category Runner-up Sporting Events
Mike Egerton Category Highly Commended Sporting Events
Ian Knight Category Highly Commended Sporting Events
Aidan Synnott Category Winner Trade Shows & Exhibitions
Paul Stead Category Runner-up Trade Shows & Exhibitions
Matt Chung Category Highly Commended Trade Shows & Exhibitions
Benjamin Arthur Category Highly Commended Trade Shows & Exhibitions
James Everett Category Winner, Overall Highly Commended Venues
Alistair Veryard Category Runner-up Venues
Sophie Harbinson Category Highly Commended Venues
Matt Chung Category Highly Commended Venues
Barbara Weber Category Winner Weddings
Julian Kanz Category Runner-up Weddings
Julian Kanz Category Highly Commended Weddings
Luke Dyson Category Highly Commended Weddings
Andrew Pountney Category Winner Best Amateur
Anthony Black Category Runner-up Best Amateur
Cath Dupuy Category Highly Commended Best Amateur
Brent Jones Category Highly Commended Best Amateur

 

Look out for 10th Anniversary Best Ever EPA in the autumn!

Competition & Event Director, Graham Hill, commented: “We owe huge debts of gratitude to our sponsors and event partners for making the competition and awards event possible. Also, to our array of industry leading judges, who had over 500 photos to review. The competition has been a great success, and we are very excited about marking the 10th Anniversary with the Best Ever EPA competition in the autumn which will see mass online judging across the events industry – through trade media, associations and sponsors – of award-winning images from the past decade.”

More about the Event Photography Awards

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.

The judging is facilitated through the SurveyLegend online system by a panel consists of over 70 event industry leaders who congregated in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh for group sessions, or cast their votes remotely. The ‘Overall’ winners are then selected from all the category winners.

EPA 2024 is the 10th edition of the not-for-profit exercise. The anniversary will be marked later in the year with a Best Ever EPA competition encompassing all past category winning images.

Some 2,500 shots were entered – up 45% on EPA 2023 and a record for the competition.

The awards are open to both professionals and amateurs who are judged against each other.

Key Event Partners, Suppliers, Supporters & Sponsors

    • Organisers & Staff:Off to Work
    • Venue: RIBA at 66 Portland Place
    • Catering: Company of Cooks
    • Printing & Production: Visions Group
    • Display Kit: X-Hibit
    • Trophies: Aford Awards
    • Badges: Outstand
    • Drinks: Glass Half Full & NOAM Beer
    • PR: Triggerfish
    • Photography: Splento & The Photography Foundation (Associated                           Charity)
    • Videography: AMMP
    • Voting Platform: SurveyLegend
    • AI Workshop: Neurapix
    • Christmas Parties: Awesome Events
    • Conferences: GL Events
    • Exhibition: International Confex
    • Sporting Events: Keith Prowse
    • Music Events: The Roundhouse
    • Judging Event: The HAC
    • Judging Laptops: One World Rental

 

All the winning and shortlisted photos will be live on the Event Photography Awards website soon.