“Representing British photographers the world over”– British Photography Awards
It’s with huge pride that I’m finally able to announce that I’m the British Wedding Photography Awards, 2019 Wedding Photographer of the Year
10 years ago I set out on a quest to become a self-employed photographer. At the time I didn’t know what that meant, I just knew that I wanted to be working for myself and earning an honest living through photography. I have to admit that I fell into wedding photography after one of my old school friends asked me to shoot his wedding back in the summer of 2009, little did I know that my first wedding at the Bedford Swan Hotel would spark a chain of events that would lead me to become the Best British Wedding Photographer of the Year for 2019. I also really like that it’s taken 10 years; the number feels rounded, there’s nice poetry to it.
Several months ago I submitted a portfolio to the BPA for their consideration, I was incredibly busy at the time, editing and shooting weddings, that afterwards, I didn’t think about it much. As I always do; I put my best foot forward and hoped that my hard work would speak to the judges and they would see something in my creativity that was worthy of reward.
The awards industry is a very busy space, in-fact despite just winning the biggest wedding photography award in the UK, I think it’s the perfect time to reflect on the different awards groups and what they mean for the greater good of storytelling. The British Photography Awards is a body that I’m honoured to get behind – it’s a non-profit organisation that follow a strict set of ethical guidelines, and half of all the money raised (for the 2019 awards that’s a whopping £12,942.50) went towards the following charities:
- The Wildlife Trusts
- Rainforest Concern
- 10:10 Climate Care
- Ocean Youth Trust
- Breast Cancer Haven
- Doctors Without Borders
- Butterfly Conservation
- Surfers Against Sewage
- The Racehorse Sanctuary
- Help for Heroes
- Born Free
The winners were announced at a black-tie event at the Savoy Hotel in London and Rankin was among those that received an award for his contribution towards British Photography. Sadly I couldn’t make the event but I was there in spirit 🙂
The picture that won the final vote was from Chloe & Joe’s first dance at the gorgeous Aynhoe Park in Northamptonshire. This picture has previously won in the WPJA’s, ISPWP, WPS, Fearless, MyWed, Masters of Wedding Photography, SLR Lounge, Wedisson, Wedding Photographer Society, One Eyeland, This is Reportage and Photographers Keeping it Real Awards, in-fact it’s the most commended photo in my entire portfolio – and now it’s won the greatest prize of all.
So many thank-you’s; I’ll start with the BPA and in particular, Hugo who has worked incredibly hard in delivering a spectacular collection that represents the best of British photography. Curated by some of the most respected judges in the photographic industry and spanning over 12 categories – it’s truly is an honour to be among the other winners.
I would also like to thank my couples for trusting me to document their wedding. It’s because of you that I’m able to keep this dream alive.
And finally (and most importantly) I would like to say a huge thank you to my wife and best friend Lindsay. She’s the glue that holds our family together. I’ve heard this quote many times during wedding speeches: “behind every good man is a great woman”, and every time I hear it, I think of Lindsay at home with our two amazing children. She’s supported me since day 1. When I felt my work wasn’t good enough and I couldn’t make it she put me back on track. She’s motivated me, nurtured me and given me the foundation of a stable and loving home in which to build my business. Without the support and sacrifices of my family, nothing would be possible. I am forever indebted and I love her to the moon and back.