City region photographer scoops six awards

Southport wedding photographer Matthew Rycraft wins six awards in a national competition

Matthew Rycraft
Southport photographer Matthew Rycraft with one of his winning images


Wedding photographer Matthew Rycraft has won six awards at the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers competition in London.

Matthew is owner of Matthew Rycraft Wedding Photography & Rycraft Studios in Birkdale, Southport. He shoots weddings across the UK, as well as television celebrities.

He walked away from the completion with seven rosettes, along with an excellent commendation. And he was a finalist in the Wedding Photojournalism Photographer of the Year category for the second year running. 

This was for an image of four children relaxing together just before the wedding ceremony. Capturing the page boys and flower girls naturally playing, Matthew waited five minutes for the perfect moment to develop.

“It’s a real honour to have six images that the judges felt were of exceptional quality. Images are entered from photographers worldwide,” he said.

“Considering I entered seven images and six were awarded, this is my best result to date. Especially being a finalist for the second year running.”

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Matthew’s work won awards in the Wedding Day, Wedding Photojournalism categories, giving the Birkdale photographer another seven rosettes to take home with him, making a total of 17 hanging in his studio. 

He edited, printed and mounted each of the winning images at his Birkdale studio. He added: “Having produced these images myself in my studio, to see that hard work pay off is very satisfying. 

“It’s also a lovely achievement to know that my couples wedding photographs were so highly thought of, it’s a great moment for them also. It’s not often your wedding photograph wins an award.”

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