Matthew Rycraft, who runs Matthew Rycraft Wedding Photography & Rycraft Studios in Birkdale, has snapped his way to five major awards in the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers competition in London

A Southport photographer has snapped his way to five major awards in the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers competition in London.

Matthew Rycraft, who runs Matthew Rycraft Wedding Photography & Rycraft Studios in Birkdale, has worked across the UK with close to a thousand married couples, as well as TV stars and production companies.

He walked away from the competition with four merits, an excellent commendation and also found himself in the top 3 for Wedding Photojournalism Photographer of the Year award. 

The photograph which found itself a finalist was taken when weddings were finally allowed to take place in 2021 after the final Covid lockdown, a wedding which just had six guests. Fittingly it was called “Alone in March”. 

Despite already being highly decorated for his work over the last 15 years, Matthew said he was in awe of the talent around him during the competition. 

He said: “To have my work judged by some of the best photographers in the industry, even the world and displayed alongside other incredible talented individuals was sensational. 

“I’m still coming down from the high!” 

Matthew Rycraft, who runs Matthew Rycraft Wedding Photography & Rycraft Studios in Birkdale, has snapped his way to five major awards in the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers competition in London

Matthew Rycraft, who runs Matthew Rycraft Wedding Photography & Rycraft Studios in Birkdale, has snapped his way to five major awards in the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers competition in London

During the competition Matthew’s work won awards in the Wedding Day, Wedding Photojournalism, Bride Alone, Wedding and the Commissioned Portrait categories, giving the Birkdale photographer five rosettes to take home with him. 

Matthew edited, printed and mounted each of the winning images at his studio. 

He said: “It’s just an amazing achievement and I am ever so delighted to have been shortlisted, let alone win! 

“I credit the care and attention to detail that I put into my work and it’s not just a day of taking photos. All of my wedding clients know that I will carefully plan out their special day months ahead and work with them to get the very best images. 

“For me my true reward is seeing how happy and elated couples are when they first look back at their wedding albums. It is a feeling like no other. 

Matthew Rycraft, who runs Matthew Rycraft Wedding Photography & Rycraft Studios in Birkdale, has snapped his way to five major awards in the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers competition in London

Matthew Rycraft, who runs Matthew Rycraft Wedding Photography & Rycraft Studios in Birkdale, has snapped his way to five major awards in the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers competition in London

“To be a part of the SWPP competition was a nerve-wracking experience and I watched my winning images be judged by the best photographers in the industry – true talent that I aspire to emulate and surpass throughout my career. 

“All of my winning images were on display at the exhibition so they could inspire others and future photographers to get into the industry. 

“It’s rare to have one image make it this far, let alone five!” 

To find out more about the work Matthew does, visit www.matthewrycraft.co.uk 

Matthew Rycraft Photography is located at The Mews Wedding Centre, 15a Liverpool Road, Birkdale, PR8 4AS. Call 01704 741111.

 

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