We’re delighted to announce our judges for Round Two of the Keeping it Real Awards 2023 – now open for submissions!

It’s officially spring, we are very excited to announce the judges for Round Two of the awards. We are very grateful to all the judges who have agreed to give up their time to help with this round. We personally love each of these photographers and believe they will bring a lot to the judging for this round.

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Enter now to not only be in with a chance of winning a much coveted Keeping it Real award, but also the amazing prizes below!

1st place -£350 credit for any QT Albums product
+ 12 months All-App-Bundle from Pixellu, including the wonderful SmartAlbums & SmartSlides + 3 jobs edited by Oodio up to 600 images value $540

2nd place – £200 credit for any QT Albums product + 2 jobs edited by Oodio up to 600 images value $360

3rd place – £100 credit for any QT Albums product + 1 job edited by Oodio up to 600 images value $180

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Deadline for submissions is Monday 8th May at 11:59pm (UK time).

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Amy Sampson

One of Rangefinder magazine’s 30 Rising Stars, Amy is a Devon-based reportage wedding photographer who photographs all over the globe with her observational style.

“My lead into weddings was entirely accidental! I started out in music festival photography and soon couples planning relaxed, festival style weddings started to contact me enthused by my observational style. Unbounded by the pressure of having intentionally marketed myself as a wedding photographer I leaned into the approach of “shoot how you want to shoot” helping me shape my love of reportage style from the off. After that first year, weddings snowballed and I soon became entirely focussed on the industry and feel extremely proud to have had that recognised recently through TIR, TWIA and Rangefinder.

I always seek to authentically capture atmosphere when I am shooting a wedding, adapting to the environment the shots I see evolving are in; whether that involves throwing myself into the day with a mix of friendly guest-like enthusiasm (tequila shots, ok then!), getting down in the mud playing hide and seek with the kids or stealth-ninja-esque deployment of my inner SAS Hero to capture quieter, more intimate and less obvious moments. For me, my secret weapon is being my smiley self, I love to engage with and disarm guests so that they feel comfortable with me around, that allows me to secure the triple A pass that I want into all the authentic moments on a wedding day.

I love seeing the work produced by PKIR so am really looking forward to judging the awards.”

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Sonia – S2 Images

Hey, I’m Sonia! I make up half of S2 Images, working alongside my husband of almost 12 years, Simon. We met through photography, so it made sense to setup a business together. We shot our first wedding with each other the weekend after our own, back in 2011. I took a step back from shooting when we had our son. Basically, I now manage Simon.

I started my photography career in fashion at the age of 16. At the end of my degree, I switched to documentary, shocking many. This is when they believed I deserved a first, as I don’t do things in half measures. My final major project was photographing the start of the war in Yemen.

From the work I produced, I managed to do a year long project. This was Arts Council funded, working alongside Birmingham Library and Archives and Midlands Art Centre. This work was exhibited at 2 art galleries in Birmingham and I had a book published as well.

Soon after I chose to focus fully on S2 and I really enjoyed working alongside Simon. It’s our happy place. I’d say our wedding photography style marries up a number of genres within photography, and that’s what I love most about weddings. Capturing the natural moments is most important, but we do personally see value in occasional portraits as well. It feels so rewarding to have a job that means so much to people, especially as the work becomes more poignant as time passes.

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Elena Flexas

Elena Flexas is a wedding photojournalist based in Mexico, interested in telling a real and natural story, instead of just the usual sure shots.

Elena has won many awards, including Top 50 ISPWP 2022, Top 50 This is Reportage 2022, Top 20 Inspiration photographers 2021/2022, nominated for the Golden Lens Awards “Photographer of the Year 2022”, Top 100 Fearless photographers 2021 and Finalist of the MyWed Wedding Award 2020 & 2021.

Emil Boczek 

Emil is an award winning documentary wedding photographer, currently living in the UK with his wife and three children (and a cat).

Previously recognised by various photography associations, including: Top 25 WPJA, Top 50 Fearless Photographers and SLR Lounge UK Top 100 list.

A Nikon shooter since 1988 who likes a glass of good Scotch while editing weddings.

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