I am very pleased to announce that I am the winner of the UK Wedding Belles Wedding Photograph of the Year Award 2010:-)

The competition attracted almost 700 entries from wedding photographers all across the UK, so I am obviously delighted to have won the award!

12 photographs were shortlisted for the final and the winner was chosen by a month-long public vote on the UK Wedding Belles website.  In total, almost 4,000 votes were cast, of which mine received 858 votes.

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for my image – each and every vote was very much appreciated and I obviously wouldn’t have won without your support.

The wining photograph was taken at Jenny & Richard’s Manchester wedding last summer.  Richard and Jenny got married at Manchester Town Hall before moving to The Lowry in Salford Quays for their wedding reception.  The photograph itself (below) was taken on a bridge just outside The Lowry following the speeches as the sun was setting.  You can read more about why I like this photograph of the UK Wedding Belles website – and more photographs from the wedding itself can be seen by clicking here)

Finally, a big thank you to Jenny & Richard for helping me to create the wining image.  Having the idea for a particular wedding photograph is one thing, but without doubt the most important aspect is always the bride and groom themselves, and Richard and Jenny were both amazing!!

Thank you again to everyone who voted – all 858 of you!!:-)


  • March 14, 2011 - 3:21 pm

    Hannah Beatrice - Well done Neil! It’s a gorgeous picture – well deserving!

  • March 14, 2011 - 4:25 pm

    Donna Chipping - Congratulations Neil – a wonderful and well deserving win!!!! Onwards and upwards!!! So very pleased for you :-) Donna X

  • March 14, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    Liam Crawley - Fantastic achievement Neil – its a corker of an image, well deserved! :)

  • March 16, 2011 - 6:36 pm

    Adam Riley - Great image Neil – well deserved winner!

  • April 1, 2011 - 11:03 am

    Perez Photography - Fantastic Image. Excellent Work!

  • April 14, 2011 - 1:06 pm

    Jocelyn Filley Wedding Photo - So sweet! Love!

I had this weekend off from wedding photography, but not from the camera..!

To make the most of the time off, we went to Monkey Forest in Trentham (just near Stoke in Staffordshire) for a few hours.  It’s a place we have been before, and we really like it.  The ‘Monkey Forest’ is a huge area of enclosed woodland which is home to 140 Barbary Macaques monkeys.  The monkeys have total freedom in the forest so it’s a really nice environment for them.  If you haven’t been to Money Forest before, I would highly recommend it:-)

Anyway, here are a few photographs which I took whilst we were there. I’ll be back to the wedding photography for my next post!


  • March 7, 2011 - 12:01 pm

    Kevin Mullins - Nice one Neil – always nice to get out with the camera. That first one looks a bit like a friend of mine 😉

  • March 8, 2011 - 11:48 pm

    Gary Darlington - I think there is a need for a dentist at Trentham! Great shots mate!

  • March 15, 2011 - 8:48 am

    Keith McAvoy - Great images Neil

    Sure there isn’t a self portrait in there somewhere ? :)

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