2004 KODAK Portrait & Wedding Awards shortlist selected

A short-list of finalists has been selected to go forward to the national final in November

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This year the awards were revamped offering a number of new features and two new categories and as a result attracted the largest number of entries for several years.

Independent judges Eileen Mason, Mark Cleghorn and Trevor Yerbury, all well-known professional photographers in their own right, unanimously agreed that the overall standard was excellent and the forty finalists had produced an inspiring and diverse set of images. Asked to comment on the four categories the judges said:

Trevor Yerbury
"Traditionally both the Wedding and Child category entries in these awards are of a particularly high standard and we were not disappointed this year. The ten finalists from all four categories produced some wonderful, strong images and it will be extremely difficult to find just one winner in each. Winning a national Kodak title will inevitably raise the business profile of the winner and offer the opportunity to publicise their business on the back of these prestigious awards.

Mark Cleghorn
The new Creative Portrait category aimed to offer photographers the chance to really push boundaries forward and to extend their creativity and imagination. Although we were disappointed that some entries did not reach the required standard of originality and invention, the ten category finalists provided an excellent spread and it will prove a tough battle to find a winner.

Eileen Mason
The new Family category this year was challenging for entrants. From my own experience as a photographer, family portraits are particularly difficult as the photographer must get the best out of each subject in the group simultaneously. It was really pleasing to see so many photographers had risen to the challenge and produced some very fine work.

Winners of the 2004 KODAK Portrait and Wedding awards will share over £20,000 worth of prizes including:

  • £1,500 worth of Calumet Photographic vouchers for each of the four overall winning photographers.
  • £1,500 worth of retail vouchers for each of their four winning customers.
  • £500 cash towards local exhibition or display costs for each overall winner.

In addition, all the finalists will win trophies but only one in each category will take the following titles:

Kodak Creative Portrait Photographer of the Year 2004/2005 Finalists are:

Stu Williamson, Market Harborough
David Armour, Sunderland
Vladimir Caretoff, London
Marc Lloyd Evans, Swansea
Richard Sydney Johnson, Leeds
Kenn Elliott, Tyne & Wear
John Hendry, Glasgow

Kodak Wedding Photographer of the Year 2004/2005 Finalists are:

Shane Miller, Reading
Ciaran O'Neil, Lurgan
Chris Loufte, Cheshire
Mark Ashworth, Cambridge
Stuart Wood, Paisley
Keith Thompson, Lower Garley, Berkshire
John Hendry, Glasgow

Kodak Family Photographer of the Year 2004/2005 Finalists are:

Sue Hargrave, Little Hadham, Hertfordshire
Aoibheann Hopkins, Chiddingfold, Surrey
John Dawson, London
Mark Wilson, Darrington, West Yorkshire
Stu Williamson, Market Harborough
David Macdonald, Ware
Mark Ashworth, Cambridge
Mark Leightley, Guernsey

Kodak Child Photographer of the Year 2004/2005 Finalists are:

Mark Ashworth, Cambridge
Stu Williamson, Market Harborough
David Armour, Sunderland
Keith Thompson, Lower Earley, Berkshire
Lynsey Thompson, Lower Earley, Berkshire
Mark Wilson, Darrington, West Yorkshire
Wendy Aldiss, Marlow

All the finalists will be invited to attend the special Judgment Day' event on Monday 8 th November together with their customers to share their success. The four national title winners will be both judged and announced on that day.


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