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JUNE | FEATURE Focus on events The winners of the Off To Work Event Photography Awards 2019 (EPAs) were unveiled on 14 May at No.4 Hamilton Place in Mayfair, reminding us of the stunning moments our industry serves up N Below: Cultural/ Boardmasters/ Andrew Whitton Opposite: Sporting/ Hossegor Bunkers/ James North 22 ow in its sixth year, the EPAs were founded by Philip Atkins, managing director of staffing agency, Off To Work. Nearly 100 shortlisted photographs across 12 categories were on show, which guests viewed while enjoying canapes and bowl food by Blue Strawberry, washed down with wines by Jeroboams and cocktails by The Rum Runner. The photographs were printed by Pertons Signs, and mounted on smart Trilite trade show kit provided by event production company Visions Group. The awards presentation was held in the Bill Boeing Room (No.4 Hamilton Place is home of the Royal Aeronautical Society), which boasts a big screen and AV, enabling the presentation, hosted by event director Graham Hill. Philip Atkins, EPA founder & MD, Off To Work said: “The events industry needs great photography not only sell itself, but also to amplify the impact and thereby the validity of events. The EPAs celebrate the often unsung work of the photographers that capture the energy and essence of events, along with all the elements that go into producing successful events, from to behind- the-scenes production and the venues where they are held, to the catering and the staff that serve it.” The judges were charmed by the overall winner, which came from the Private Events category: Multi-tasking by Andrew Billington. It pipped the two runners-up: Legends Stairway Brief by Deb Porter, from the Behind The Scenes category, which shows waiting staff sat on stairs for a briefing prior to an event in The Long Room at Lords, and Cultural Events category winner, Boardmasters, by last year’s overall winner, Andrew Whitton. Matt Chung picked up the inaugural Portfolio award for his entries in the