The winners of the Off To Work Event Photography Awards 2019 (EPAs) were unveiled on 14 May at a highly enjoyable awards evening at No.4 Hamilton Place in Mayfair.
Now in its sixth year, the EPAs was founded by Philip Atkins, managing director of staffing agency, Off To Work, and this year’s sold-out awards event saw some 250 guests viewing nearly 100 shortlisted photographs across 12 categories, while enjoying superb canapés and bowl food by Blue Strawberry, washed down with wines by Jeroboams and cocktails by The Rum Runner.
The photographs were printed by exhibition industry stalwarts, Pertons Signs, and mounted on smart Trilite trade show kits provided by event production company Visions Group.
Having enjoyed viewing the photos and view across Hyde Park from the venue’s fabulous roof terrace, the awards presentation was held in the Bill Boeing Room (No.4 Hamilton Place is home of the Royal Aeronautical Society).
The overall winner came from the Private Events category: Multi-tasking by Andrew Billington.
It pipped the two runners-up: Legends Stairway Brief by Deb Porter, from the Behind The Scenes category, which shows waiting staff sat on stairs for a briefing prior to an event in The Long Room at Lords, and Cultural Events category winner, Boardmasters, by last year’s overall winner, Andrew Whitton.
Matt Chung picked up the inaugural Portfolio award for his entries in the highly-competitive Venues category, three of which were shortlisted.
Other categories included Catering (new this year), Corporate Events & Conferences, Experiential Events & Brand Activations, Music Events, Trade Shows, and Weddings. Over 30 well-known faces from the events industry judged the EPAs.
EPA founder Philip Atkins commented: “The events industry needs great photography not only sell itself, but also to amplify the impact and thereby the validity of events. The EPAs celebrate the often unsung work of the photographers that capture the energy and essence of events, along with all the elements that go into producing successful events, from to behind-the-scenes production and the venues where they are held, to the catering and the staff that serve it.”