British Photography Awards Virtual Gala

Yesterday at 7pm GMT(March 31), the British Photography Awards held their award ceremony via a YouTube livestream.


The awards ceremony was presented in a free-to-view format for the very first time and is available to stream for the next few weeks here.


The livestream showed viewers all the category shortlist photos and People's Choice winners before showing the overall winner of each category.


The British Photography Awards used to competition to raise funds for 20 UK charities including Born Free, Breast Cancer Haven, and Rainforest Concern.


Director of The British Photography Awards, Hugo Donnithorne-Tait, said: "With so many people unsure of their income, job security, and short on opportunities to photograph this year, the industry has had some very tough months. We still can't believe so many people donated to charity during this period. On behalf of all our amazing charities, we thank you all so much!"

Reinold Ayree - Go - Drone

The winning drone photo by Reinold Ayree was taken in a children's park in Hong Kong as part of his series to explore weird and wonderful places.


"We had a lot of fun creating this photo."


Reinold's choice of charity was Help For Heroes.

Ray Sawyer - Chiaroscuro - Wedding

"I was absolutely thrilled to find out that I'd won this award. I entered last year and I came runner up so to win it this year is absolutely amazing."


Ray shot this image between two sliding doors and used flashes to create his beautiful photo. The Wildlife Trust was his charity of choice.

Natasha Pszenicki - White Privilege - Fine Art

"Wow, what an honour, thank you so much," Natasha said. "I'm delighted that this also supports Medicines Sans Frontières."


In the press release from the British Photography Awards, the event organisers said: "Having had a turbulent year the photographic industry in the UK comes together to celebrate the best images and imagemakers from across the disciplines."

Tim Wallace - McLaren MSO Sports Series 570s - Commercial

"It feels really good to have won in the Commercial Products Category, because that's what we do," Tim Wallace told the viewers. "It's a fantastic achievement to have your work recognised in these difficult times."


Tim chose to support the Help For Heroes charity with his winning photo.

Tim Hearn - Gentoo Penguin Porpoising - Birdlife

"I'm really thrilled to have my image selected, particularly from such a strong shortlist," Tim said.


He also said that with a rocky boat and a fast subject, he only managed to get one usable photo, the winning image.


With a lifelong interest in butterflies, Tim naturally opted to support Butterfly Conservation.

Michael Gallagher - Gimme Shelter - Water Life

Michael's photo of the pink anemone fish was taken in Palau, Micronesia.


"Real pleasure and real privilege to dive there."


With his submission, Michael is supporting the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

Monika Mazurkiewicz - Flypast - Event

"It is a wonderful opportunity to use our photographic talent to help the less privileged," Monika stated. "Being a dental nurse myself, I'd like to support work of all medical staff particularly the Doctors Without Borders charity."

James Roddie - Cave Visitor - Land Animal

In James' acceptance speech, he told the viewers that his winning image is "possibly one of my all-time favourites and it was a really difficult image to get."


Tim opted to support the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust with his submission.

Jamie House - Orange - Food

Jamie was very happy to have been recognised by a prestigious award and chose to support Help For Heroes with his photo submission.

Manon Ouimet - Portrait of Dan, ALTERED - Portrait

In her pre-recorded thank you speech, Manon said: "I am completely over the moon to be awarded this. I never expected to be saying thank you. I'm also really happy to be helping the Help For Heroes Charity, which I'm sure Dan would be too as he is a veteran."

Guy Bellingham - Self Portrait - Self Portrait

"Thank you so much for this award, it means an awful lot to me particularly in the light of having seen all the fabulous and inspirational images by all the other talented photographers," Guy Bellingham said in his speech.


"It took my four months to design and build the camera that I took this shot with. It's quite a challenge taking a selfie when your camera is the size of your fridge and your lens weighs four and a half kilos."


He also told us the charity he chose to support was Shelter.

Fabio De Paola - Something for the Weekend - Pet

"I am absolutely, totally stoked," Fabio said in his acceptance speech, his kids wrapped in his arms.


"I'd also like to give my thanks to Lloyd the Italian Greyhound, he was a fantastic model. Thank you to Paz for feeding him little biscuits as we did the shoot."


Fabio chose to support Doctors Without Borders.


George McLeod - Cubano - Fashion

"This is exciting, thank you very much," George McLeod said in his acceptance speech during the livestream.


"I'd like to thank Cuba for being so extraordinarily photogenic and inspiring the whole look."


George's chosen charity is The Wildlife Trust.

Jack Atkinson - Running on Clouds - Sports

"The photo was one of those days where everything just came together; shooting an amazing athlete in an amazing location with a great crew."


Jack Atkinson chose the Surfers Against Sewers charity.

Dylan Nardini - Enlightenment - Landscape

"This image was shot locally to me," Dylan said in his speech. "It's an area I visit quite often and in this occasion, everything just seemed to line up perfectly. My charity that I chose is OYTS."

Chris Mozyro - Opponents - Documentary

London-based photographer, Chris Mozyro said it was a great honour to win the Documentary category of the British Photography Awards.


"Taking this photo was a real challenge. I took this photo in June 2020 at the London protest for Black Lives Matter. I feel proud that I can use the camera to record and share this important moment."

Debbie Smyth - Fun cubed - Architecture

"My constant itchy feet got me travelling early last year fortunately and I headed over to Rotterdam for a long weekend," Debbie Smyth told viewers during her acceptance speech.


"The city centre there was devastated by bombings in 1940 and intense reconstruction workers now created a great city. I was delighted to be able to support the Shelter Charity as part of my competition entry."

Christopher Dixie - A Sustainable Future - Street

Christopher Dixie was "honoured and delighted to have won this, especially as this was the first trip I made after lockdown last year."


Christopher chose to support Breast Cancer Haven as having had cancer in the family.

Arun Mohanraj - Amazonian Glass Frog - Macro

"All these years I've been watching the British Photography Awards and it gives me a great pleasure to know that I won an award in the macro category," Arun said.


Arun also revealed that the photo of the glass frog was taken in the Andean Cloud Forest of Ecuador, and his chosen charity is Rainforest Concern.


The competition raised over £20,000 to be spread across their charities, matching last year's fundraising level.


To see all the shortlist photos, visit the website or watch the full stream here while it's still available.


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