October 2010

Golden Joystick Awards 2010

Venue: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London

I was at the Golden Joysticks, which was held at the brand new Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London, where gamers get to vote for the awards across several categories over the year.

The event was hosted by American comedian Rich Hall, who was in fine form on the day and a big well done to all the winners and nominees too!

Golden Joystick Awards 2010 Winners

The Action/Adventure Game Of The Year in association with Nuts
Winner: Assassin’s Creed II
Runners Up: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Red Dead Redemption

Download Game Of The Year in association with Green Man Gaming
Winner: Plants vs. Zombies
Runners Up: Battlefield 1943, Call of Duty: World At War: ZOMBIES

Fighting Game Of The Year in association with Official Nintendo Magazine
Winner: Street Fighter IV
Runners Up: Tekken 6, Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny

Music Game Of The Year in association with Total Film
Winner: Guitar Hero 5
Runners Up: DJ Hero, The Beatles: Rock Band

The One To Watch in association with MSN
Winner: Call of Duty: Black Ops
Runners Up: Fallout: New Vegas, Star Wars: The Old Republic

Online Game Of The Year in association with CVG
Winner: League of Legends
Runners Up: Aion: The Tower Of Eternity, Farmville

Portable Game Of The Year in association with Habbo
Winner: Pokémon Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Runners Up: Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines, Plants vs. Zombies

Puzzle Game Of The Year in association with NGamer
Winner: World of Goo
Runners Up: Professor Layton and Pandora’s Box, Scribblenauts

Racing Game Of The Year in association with T3
Winner: Forza Motorsport 3
Runners Up: Need For Speed: Shift. Colin McRae: Dirt 2

RPG Of The Year in association with GamesRadar
Winner: Mass Effect 2
Runners Up: Fallout 3: Game Of The Year Edition, Final Fantasy XIII

Shooter Of The Year in association with IGN Game On
Winner: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Runners Up: Bad Company 2, Left 4 Dead 2

Soundtrack Of The Year in association with Metal Hammer
Winner: Final Fantasy XIII
Runners Up: Brutal Legend, Assassin’s Creed 2

Sports Game Of The Year in association with Mousebreaker
Winner: FIFA 10
Runners Up: Wii Sports Resort, Skate 3

Strategy Game Of The Year in association with PC Gamer
Winner: Plants vs. Zombies
Runners Up: The Sims 3, Age of Empires III: Collection

UK Developer Of The Year in association with Edge
Winner: Jagex
Runners Up: Rockstar North, Codemasters

Here’s a few shots from the day.

Cherelle Albert Returns

I shot the game between QPR Ladies and Gillingham Ladies yesterday, which the Rs went on to register their first win of the season thanks to goals from Sandra Scalzi and Beth Curtis.

But the big news of the day was the return of striker Cherelle Albert, who re-signed for the club having had spells at Chelsea Ladies and Millwall Ladies and she played a massive part in both goals and was in fine form on the day. It’s great to see her back in the colours she looks best in!

Robert and Eleonora

Ceremony & Reception: The Swedish Church, London

I was excited about Robert and Eleonora’s wedding because it was a new experience for me, with the ceremony being a mixture of Swedish and Nigerian traditions.

There’s something so fascinating about African music and dance and all of the colour and character that goes with it too, from the dancing and singing all the way throughout the ceremony and reception, to having rice thrown over the couple instead of confetti. It made for a real unique and special occasion!

I shot this back in August, and here are some of my favourites from the day.

The A10 School Sports Partnership Awards

Venue: Broxbourne Civic Hall, Broxbourne

Testimonial: “The photos are absolutely fantastic!” – Jayne Jarvis

Hertfordshire Sports School Partnership held their annual sports competition awards evening where winners walked away with awards for categories such as the most successful competitive school, school participation award, Primary Link Teacher of the Year, Adult other than a Teacher, Coach of the Year, among others.

It’s always really cool to see people picking up awards for their hard work, graft, dedication, passion and skill for what are a really worthy set of causes and a lot of these folks are going beyond the call of duty and have rightfully seen their effort recognised – well done to all!

Here are a few shots of some of the entertainment, in the form of group dancing from both teens and kids and freestyle football, as well as the Mayor of Broxbourne, Mark Mills Bishop, who handed out all of the awards to the lucky winners.

Vanessa’s Leap of Faith

Venue: Kingsbury Town’s stadium, London

I grabbed this shot over the weekend of Vanessa Nicholson, who featured in goal for the QPR Ladies Reserves in their match against Brighton Ladies Reserves.

Vanessa made a string of excellent saves and demonstrated superb handling and kicking throughout the match and she also saved a penalty too!

What makes this all the more impressive is the fact that Vanessa is an outfield player who normally plays her trade in central midfield! But due to injuries and unavailability of all of the QPR Ladies goalkeepers on the day, Vanessa went into the nets and took on the responsibility with a maturity that’s well beyond her years.

For the photographers out there, this was shot with my Nikon D700 and my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII lens.

Imelda Michalczyk’s Photography Exhibition

Imelda Michalczyk’s Photography Exhibition

I met Imelda Michalczyk at Europe’s first ever Nikonian Academy i-TTL Flash workshop in London, and just a few days later I was thrilled to be able to shoot her first ever photography exhibition, which was held at Bar Solo in Camden Town.

Imelda is a professional photographer who concentrates primarily on shooting gigs and bands, both on stage and backstage. Her recent clients include Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson and Faith No More, although she does love promoting relatively unknown and new bands too.

The party also played host to two great performances, which included the mesmerising belly dancers Tina Stamou and Helen Savery from Le Midas Dance Company and The Penny Black Remedy, who performed to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience.

Imelda’s exhibition is due to run till 3rd November 2010, so check it out if you get the chance. She’s a lovely lady and so passionate about the work she does. I’ve really enjoyed talking photography with her and was delighted she secured some sales of her work on the night too.

The party was great too and here are some of my favourites from the day.

Master your Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash, CLS workshop

Master your Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash, CLS workshop

I was one of eight lucky people to attend the first ever “Master your Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash Creative Lighting System” workshop held in Europe by the Nikonians Academy.

It was an all day event, starting at 8:30am and finishing at 6pm. The workshop was led by none other than John McDonald, who worked for Nikon for 13 years in roles such as New Business Development Manager and recently joined Nikonians Academy Europe as Regional Manager for UK & Ireland.

John took us through Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (known as CLS) and I learned plenty of other tips from him as well and I had a great time, meeting other professionals and hobbyists on the workshop too. Although the workshop was primarily focused around studio lighting set-ups, it’s still important to learn and understand techniques and concepts that can be applied in the field and I was particularly keen to see what I could take away from day and put into practice elsewhere.

The photo at the top was a test shot I took of Cumbrian based photographer David Barrett, who was another delegate on the workshop. l used my Nikon D700 with three different Nikon speedlight flashes (SB-900, SB-800 & SB-600).