Highdown Vineyard West Sussex wedding photography of the groomsmen smoking cigarettes, taken by one of the best wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

Artistic Award-Winning London Wedding Photographer

Awards, Blog Article

I’m delighted, thrilled and truly honoured to have recently been awarded two wedding photography awards by the prestigious Artistic Guild of the Wedding Phototojournalist Association (AGWPJA).  As a London wedding photographer I feel it’s incredibly important to enter my wedding photography into awards. It helps me gauge how I stand against my most talented peers, keeps forcing me to continually improve, as well as reassuring wedding couples that my work is worthy of winning industry respect award.

A Fine Art Approach to Wedding Photojournalism


The AGWPJA is a sister body to the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) and concentrates on a more fine art approach to wedding photojournalism. As they say themselves:

The Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association AG|WPJA is comprised of outstanding wedding photographers, who are at the forefront of the wedding photography industry when it comes to enhancing images. The chief objective of the AG|WPJA is to provide members with a platform where the finest enhanced, manipulated and/or artistic wedding photojournalism in the world is spotlighted and promoted for the bride and groom.

The AG|WPJA is a separate division of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). Whereas the WPJA upholds strict guidelines that forbid excessive picture manipulation, the AG|WPJA encourages and fosters creative image enhancement, with the vision of promoting Fine Art Wedding Photojournalists.

The AG|WPJA establishes and upholds high standards that are taken into consideration during the judging process for our wedding photography contests. Using all artistic tools at their disposal, members skillfully enliven their work in post production processing.

So as you can most probably appreciate winning an award from AGWPJA is a huge thing for me as fine art wedding photojournalist.

The Award Winning Wedding Photography

So above are the two photos which picked up the recent awards in the 2nd quarterly awards of 2016 with the AGWPJA.

The black and white image on the left is from Jodi and Simon’s wedding at the Hyatt Regency Churchill hotel in Central London. It received 2nd place in the Other Vendors category.  The judges commented as follows:

Nice composition with strong graphic appeal and a great sense of gesture.

Subtle and quirky moment, but I like it. Thank you to the photographer for finding an interesting detail from something so ordinary and sharing it with us.

The colour image on the right is from Crystal and Dom’s wedding, taken during the evening reception at the beautiful Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex. It picked up 6th place in the Wedding Reception category. The judges comment was as follows:

Great subjects, mood, tonality and color.

Picking up two awards in one competition is extremely flattering and pleasing.

Book an Award Winning London Wedding Photographer

If you enjoy my award winning approach to fine art wedding photojournalism and think it would be a good fit for your wedding story, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans. Give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I will be thrilled to hear from you.

Ashridge House wedding photography of the wedding videographer adjusting settings of the video booth

Another Wedding Photography Award

Awards, Competitions

I was genuinely surprised, flattered and honoured to learn that I have picked up a second wedding photography award just a few days after the last.

This one was from the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) itself and, amusingly, was another of a wedding vendor – this time from Carly and Sonny’s wedding story at Ashridge House in Hertfordshire.

In the image itself, two wedding guests can be seen leaving a video message for the bride and groom, whilst you can just catch a glimpse of the vendor using a remote control to change what is on the screen in the video booth. It’s subtle but I love how it shows how wedding suppliers are always working in the background of a wedding to ensure the day can be as memorable as it can be.


Of course, it’s always lovely to pick up wedding photography awards, especially when they are genuine awards that are voted on by esteemed judges and your peers. Awards do offer potential wedding couples that the photographer is professional, creative and up to the demanding task of capturing a wedding story. But you do have to be careful – there are a lot of awards out there that anyone can “win”, simply by paying the appropriate “entry fee.” So when you see wedding photographers claiming to be “award winning” it’s worth checking and asking who judged the award and what it was for…after all, someone’s swimming award isn’t going to be that relevant to your wedding photography!

If you like my relaxed, unobtrusive and documentary approach to wedding photography, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  You can give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Award Winning Wedding Photography

Awards, Competitions

I am delighted to say that this image, of a magician entertaining guests, at Hollie & Dan’s Grendon Lakes wedding in Northampton, was placed in the Top 20 of the most recent quarterly contest with the prestigious Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (AGWPJA).

Entered into the ‘Other Vendors‘ category it’s always nice when esteemed judges and talented peers recognize your work.  I am immensely proud of the fact that I am a qualifying member of the AGWPJA and this latest success only inspires me more to shoot the most creative imagery I can of couple’s wedding stories.


If you are getting married and would like to talk to me about your wedding plans then please call me on 07920 422144 0r send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you.