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Every year I write a post following the announcement of Rangefinder Magazine's 30 Rising Stars of wedding photography. It's a world wide competition which showcases some of the amazing talent from across the global wedding industry and we've always managed to predicted one or two winners in advance, as there's usually a couple of our SNAP speakers among the winners list.
Next year is no exception. Two of our speakers are on the winners list and one of them just happens to be me, which is weird and wonderful all at the same time. I wrote a little bit about being included as one of the 30 Rising Stars over on my own blog, if you fancy a read.
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I am also thrilled that Jacob Loafman is on there with me. I've know Jacob for a couple of years now and from the minute I met him I have always been in awe of his positive outlook on life, his determination and his boundless creativity. Being friends with Jacob has pushed me to be more creative myself and he definetly inspires me, and a list as long as my arm of photographers who Jacob is a friend to and supporter of, to be true to ourselves.
Image by Jacob Loafman
Another winner that deserves a special SNAP mention is Lukas Piatek. If you don't already know him for his crazy beautiful work, you will definetly know one of his hugely positive contributions to our industry, Looks Like Film. While not on our SNAP speaker roster this year, Lukas has supported SNAP since the beginning both through attending and also by spreading the word. He also joined us at a speaker at SUMMIT this year and I'm not kidding when I say he was one of our most popular sessions and then some. You haven't seen the last of him at SNAP / SUMMIT events, that's for sure.
Image by Lukas Piatek
And finally SNAP year 1 speaker, Nick Tucker. All I have to say about his inclusion on this list is 'it's about time'. For me Nick is one of the most unique voices in the wedding photography industry. I always know one of his shots when I see it as he effortfully blends documentary story telling with editorial glamour, with a dose or wry humour thrown in for good measure. He marches to the beat of his own drum and that's a really, really good thing for the industry.
Image by Nick Tucker
Congratulations to the rest of the UK photographers who made the list. Their amazing work is illustrating this post and I'm really, really proud of the UK wedding photography industry. Congratulations to the rest of the winners from across the world too. You can find links to their work below, so do go and check them out.
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