I feel so happy to share this news with you. Two months ago, I submitted several pictures to the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (AGWPJA) 2008 Q3 contest. It was my first time participating in this contest. The AGWPJA is for photographers who produces Fine Art Photojournalism. Out of my expectation, two of my photographs were ranked Top 20. I am very excited about this news as there were many excellent photos submitted from all over the world.
This photo below was taken at the Wedding of Sum Yee and Adrian in the China Boulevard restaurant in London ranked 14th Place in Reception Ambiance category – AGWPJA Q3 2008 contest. As I went upstairs to pack my luggage getting ready to leave at 10:40 pm, I was surprised to see that almost everyone was holding a camera (mostly camera phone) to capture the couple’s First Dance. So I immediately took my camera up to capture a few shots. 🙂
To view their wedding post, please click here.
The other photograph ranked 18th Place in Creative Portrait category – AGWPJA Q3 2008 contest, shown below was taken at the Prague pre-wedding/engagement photoshoot for Fiona and Selwyn .
Judge’s Comments: Here, we have a great example of finding a background and moving in the subject to accent its spectacular design. Well done.
Click here to see judges comments on the image on the AGWPJA website. When I shot this photograph, I was so amazed to see the artistic circular marble flooring with three natural light sources (from the sun) coming in from those large ceiling windows. I then instructed Fiona to stand right in the centre as there were many tourists just 5 minutes ago. Luckily, I am not a bad runner. I quickly ran 100 metres, up to the 2nd floor and also making sure that there were no one getting into the scene. Here is the result:
There are a few people whom I would like to say thank you.
Thank you very much Sum Yee, Adrian, Fiona and Selwyn for inviting me to capture one of your best moments.
Thank you to my family and friends in Hong Kong, Malaysia and UK, for your constant support and wonderful advice.