Business awards at Manchester Town Hall

Business awards at Manchester Town Hall

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Business Awards for Manchester City Council

It seems that back in the autumn I was too busy photographing events to keep up to date with blogging, if last week’s post and this one are anything to go by.  And this business awards dinner, as you’ll see when you look at the images, was a corker of an event and simply too good not to blog about.

Manchester City Council asked me to photograph their annual Awards for Excellence, a series of awards given to council employees from across the borough, in an evening do held at Manchester Town Hall last October.  Wearing my wedding photographer hat, I’d have to admit to loving every inch of the Town Hall.  Quite simply, it’s a photographer’s dream venue – at every turn there’s something of interest (although the lighting is always something of a challenge, to say the least!).  And at the heart of the building lies the  Great Hall, which was the location for the awards dinner, which certainly lives up to its name.  And on this occasion …. well, the Council had certainly gone to town to make it an occasion to remember!

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The evening was started with a welcome speech by the Lord Mayor Councillor Paul Murphy (who’s a lovely chap to boot, showing me round the Lord Mayor’s Chambers and telling me all about the artworks on display earlier in the evening), Leader of the Council Richard Reese, and compered by the Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey.

The brief was pretty straightforward for a business awards dinner – shoot the room and make it look spectacular (not hard when presented with a room decorated like the Great Hall had been); get a sense of the occasion with photos of guests arriving and shots of the awards presentations and winners (which were distributed to the press in the days following).

If you’ve got a business awards dinner or lunch, coming up that consider how much it would benefit from good photography.  It doesn’t have to be a dinner for several hundred people – a small ceremony is just as worthy of recording for posterity, as well as possible of generating good PR for your company.  Get in touch to discuss the details.