I’m officially an MPA National Competition Award Winner!
First ‘national’ competition entered and I won my category.
Up & Coming Wedding Photographer of the Year 2019.
I know the Up & Coming bit sounds a bit odd seeing as I’m in my 19th year of being a pro-tog, but I’ve only just joined the MPA (Masters Photography Association) so until I get properly qualified with them and earn my ‘letters’ then the U&C is the only category I’m allowed to enter.
So, that aside, who cares! The MPA Nationals are not an easy thing to win, I was stoked enough to make it through to the second round, I was amazed to make it through to the third round, and gobsmacked to score three merits so I knew I was entered into the final round!
Sitting around a table in Coventry in a room containing the best photographers in the country during the awards diner evening, all dressed up enjoying a fine meal and a couple of alcoholic beverages with Sarah and the U&C was the first category announced.
My merits were announced.
“HOLY C**P” I’m a finalist also as the announcement was made.
“And the winner is….” *pause*
The walk from the back of the room to the stage was a touch surreal. MPA President Su Kaye said a few words to me which I cannot remember and the walk back was equally surreal…. Sarah videoed it and it’s on FB (click here only if you are seriously bored and wish to see a phone vid from the back of the room)
There ya go… MPA National Competition Award Winner stuff… now go and read something more interesting… until next time… TTFN.