Yesterday, it was my first time to attend the MPA (Master Photographers Association) Awards Dinner in Hilton, Newcastle. I was very excited a night before as it is such a prestigious event. I feel like I was attending the Oscar UK Photography award dinner. During the ceremony, I had an opportunity to meet up with other talented photographers such as Jingna Zhang from Singapore, a fashion photographer from Zemotion, Ukay of Ukayphotography, and Stephen Loh, a Wedding Photographer from Singapore. It was such an enjoyable night.
Regarding the awards ceremony, I know that I was up against many other extremely talented photographers in the whole of UK. It was already my honour to have 2 of my prints in the top 20 finalists in the Kodak Award, out of over 2000+ entries submitted this year. When they announced the winner of the Kodak Wedding Photographer of the Year, I almost could not believe it when I heard my name being announced. The laser light beamed onto me as I walked onto the stage to receive my award. I was so excited that I did not turn around to see which photograph was the one that won me the award. I was surprised and deeply humbled to be awarded the Kodak Wedding Photographer of the Year 2009. I wished that Shirley and my boy were there with me to share my joy. I especially want to dedicate this award to them. Without their motivation and support, I don’t think I can achieve this.
Two of my other prints were also selected as the finalists in the MPA UK Open Awards, congratulations to Lynsey Thomson for winning this award.
Stephen Loh, Ken Lam & Jingna Zhang from Zemotion.
Got to take this opportunity to take picture in front of the banner. Thank you Ukay for taking this photograph for me.
Two of my other prints received the “Award of Excellence” and were also finalists for the Master Photographers Association (MPA) UK Open Award.