World’s 2nd highest ranking photographer with the AG|WPJA

Last week I was delighted to see that I am now 2nd highest photographer in the world with the AG|WPJAThe 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. 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 ranking increase came on the back of this winning image in the Q4 2011 Contest under the “Musicians” category:

Bellinter House Shoot

Some favourite shots from a recent colaboration with Buds and Berries on location at Bellinter House is Navan, Co. Meath. I used quite a bit of Polaroid this time around, the b&w images below are from a batch that expired over 30 years ago. It held up amazingly well.

Rodolphe from Best Day Productions was there to catch a look behind the scenes ..

The material was featured on the One Fab Day website and also was published in Confetti Magazine.

Credits:

PHOTOGRAPHER: Shane O’Neill www.aspectphotography.net
ASSISTED BY: Simon Curran www.iamacosmonaut.com
CINEMATOGRAPHY: www.bestdayproductions.com
CONCEPT ORIGINATION/STYLING AND FLORISTRY:
Felicity Brady/Paul Cullen, www.budsandberries.com
MODELS: Daniella Moyles and Neal Dempsey
LOCATION: Bellinteer House, Co Meath, www.bellinterhouse.com
MAKE UP: Hayley Mia McGowan, www.hayleymcgowan.com
HAIR:Lorraine Browne, www.lorrainebrownehair.com
DANIELLA’S CLOTHING: www.dirtyfabulous.com
www.larasfashion.com and shoes, www.rubyshoes.ie
JEWELLED HEADPIECE by Stacey Hannan, www.staceyhannandesigns.com
VESPA borrowed from John Martin Kenny at The Pit Stop Krew,
T: 085 7770048

2011 Awards

2011 was a great year for awards and contests for me and although the year is not technically over with these competitions it is nice to look back and see what has been achieved. I’m a member of the WPJA, AGWPJA, ISPWP and Fearless Photographers. All of these organisations represent the very best photographic talent from around the world and it is genuinely humbling to be in the mix with some well-renowned names.

The Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalists, one 1st place image, one 2nd and a 7th:

I was placed 4 times in the ISPWP contests:

Finally, I received 4 Awards with the Fearless Photographers:

…and finally, of the 850 Awards handed out to Fearless Photographer, 99 were given the “Most Memorable” distinction. This shot of Steve and Mia was one of those selected.

heres to 2012!

UPDATE 7th Jan 2012: Great news to add to the list of success in 2011. The very influential Junebug Weddings which each year hosts a hotly contested “Best of the Best Wedding Photography Contest”.It features “the most beautiful, masterful, touching and creative wedding photos of 2011, taken by talented photographers around the world” from about 5000 entries. Two of mine made it to the last round and were given an honourable mention:

(described as:  “especially creative, innovative and brilliantly composed photos that are just too good not to be seen” )

UPDATE 6th of April 2012: The last of 2011 results have come in with more good news. Firstly another Fearless Award (my 5th)

Another 1st place finish with the AGWPJA:

Finally, the icing on the cake to a great year. I am now the world’s 2nd highest ranking photographer under the “Top Photographers” section of the AGWPJA.

A great end to a great year. Heres to 2012.

AGWPJA/Q3/2011 Results – 1st Place!!

UPDATE: Along with receiving a Fearless Award (my 4th this year!), this image was also named in the “99 Most Amazing Fearless Awards 2011”

Delighted with this one. “The Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association is a distinct division within the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). The AG|WPJA focuses strictly on the artistic and “fine art” aspects of wedding photojournalism.” Ok, so this is not a documentary image. However I normally produce one or two artistic environmental portraits that compliment the documentary shots well. I use the AGWPJA as a platform to enter these very images into competition (leaving the WPJA strictly for documentary work).

This image was shot in Kerry this summer at the wedding of Mia & Steve. They encouraged me to push the boundaries so I owe them a lot and want to thank them for their enthusiasm and sense of adventure (Steve kindly blogged about me afterwards). The judges said: “It was difficult to resist such striking graphical symmetry compounded by an excellent juxtaposition of both color and texture.” Here is the shot. Earlier this year I finished 2nd in the same category.