Sunshine Coast Photographer taking on the World in Las Vegas
“I do”, two small words with such huge importance.
While we often see weddings as a couple celebrating one perfect day, we rarely look beyond the prettiness of the day to see the host of wedding industry professionals behind the scenes who create magic every day.
Each year the Sunshine Coast is growing in popularity as the destination of choice for Brides and Grooms from all over Australia, and the world, all looking for the perfect location for their dream wedding. This translates into a multi-million dollar industry that is currently booming here in the Sunshine Coast Region. Having quality local businesses like florists, hairdressers, jewelers and photographers working alongside brides & grooms to make their day memorable, is equally as important as the event itself.
In keeping the local wedding industry thriving, it is important that businesses not only keep up withthe latest trends, but also look to “raise the bar” in terms of their skills, professionalism andproducts to ensure that the wedding professionals on the Sunshine Coast are considered “worldclass”.
In keeping with that world class standard renowned photographer, and Sunshine Coast local, BenConnolly is leading the charge in showcasing not only the regions natural beauty but its localtalent on a world stage.
In August Mr Connolly won his 3rd Silver Award at the prestigious WPPI (Wedding & PortraitPhotographers International) Competition in Las Vegas and also took out overall 3rd Place in theWedding Contemporary Category for an image shot in Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
“This is a very competitive category as you’re allowed to combine 2 two images to create the finalfinished product, so taking out 3rd Place with entries from all over the world is a huge achievement Mr Connolly said.
Entries are judged and given a score out of 100 from a panel of industry experts where a score of 80+ equals a Silver award and 90 + a Gold award with the three highest scores placing 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall.
WPPI is the worlds biggest photography industry convention and awards event, attractingthousands of top photographers from all over the world to three separate competitions each year,starting with the First & Second Half competitions and finally the “Grand Finale” The Annual WPPI16 x 20 Print & Filmmaking Competition held in Las Vegas.
With more images entered in the WPPI Second Half Competition that is now in full swing Mr Connolly will be working hard to not only provide stunning wedding memories for more than 25 couples between now and Christmas but also create more iconic Sunshine Coast images toshowcase the region and his talent in Las Vegas for the 2017 WPPI Annual Competition in early February.
In an effort to further contribute to the Sunshine Coast’s photographic community Ted’s Cameras Maroochydore will be hosting an inspirational Q n A session in store with Mr Connolly who has just been appointed Ted’s Camera Stores Australia newest Master Photographer on Sunday 18th September at 10 am in conjunction with the highly anticipated Sunshine Coast Photo Shoot out from the 16th-18th September. This is set to be an amazing event attracting photographers from all over the region to showcase the natural beauty and unique style of the Sunshine Coast.