20Collective has come a long way in 365 days and we are all looking forward to the future. During our inaugural orbital period we have said goodbye to some good friends and welcomed some new ones, Matt Tyler, Jackson & Co and Mick Shah.
Accolades and awards have been earned by many, in fact too many to mention but I would like to single out Andy Gaines and congratulate him on such an outstanding year. Andy was voted the ‘Best Wedding Photographer in England’ at the National Wedding Industry awards. He was also named as one of Rangefinder Magazine‘s ‘Rising stars of wedding photography in the world 2014′.
The 20Collective Mentoring Scholarship
The 20Collective Mentoring Scholarship was an outstanding success. We were inundated with applicants and I know the members of 20Collective found it a difficult job selecting the winners as the calibre of applicants was exceptional. Alline Beatrici won in the under 25’s and Aaron Storry – 25’s and over. You can read what both have to say about the experience here.
Application for this year’s scholarship is open until October 31st – 2015. So head on over and check it out if you are considering applying.
The 20Collective Annual Dinner
The inaugural dinner was held at Café Spice Namasté in London which is Cyrus Todiwala’s celebrated landmark Indian restaurant. It really was a great night, the food was amazing and just kept coming as we sampled canapés and a variety of mini dishes. I must just mention the Sambuca antics and ingenious pre-consumption rituals by some.
Although I can’t go into too much detail as reputations are at stake, I did manage to prise a quote and I can assure you it was more than a forehead that potentially got scarred for life!
“I’m afraid I’ve formally retired from the dangerous world of flaming sambuca acrobatics. The circular scar on my forehead will be a constant reminder of my daredevil days!” – Liam Crawley
This year we are heading to Manchester for the annual dinner and I think I can say on behalf of all at 20Collective, we are looking forward to another raucous affair, Liam and his drinking scars included!
Finally, I would like to thank all the members who have found the time in their hectic schedules to make the contribution and share their creativity via the 20Collective website. I do hope you enjoyed our celebratory slideshow for 2015. As the wedding season is warming up, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all best for the forthcoming year!