John wins three awards in London


SWPP Print Competition 2017

Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) arranges Europes largest 20x16 print competition, which is a competition for professional portrait and wedding photographers. Working professionals from the whole world participates in the competition and over 10000 people saw the prints in the large trade areas. See images from the SWPP print competition here.

John Hellström won three awards (or merits) in the categories:

  • Wedding Reportage
  • Wedding Avant Garde
  • Classical Wedding

See below what the categories are.

SWPP says:

Enter the 20x16" Competition – merited images will be displayed for 15,000 visitors to view in the Convention Tradeshow Area. The judging process is held in public so photographers can watch the assessments take place; this in itself is an invaluable learning process. The winner will be announced at our prestigious Awards Night at the 2017 Convention in London.

Contact portrait and wedding photographer John Hellstrom via email: john(at) or mobile phone: 0046-(0)733-668600. See also Facebook at johnhellstromphoto and Instagram at #johnhellstromphoto for more photographs.

Title:The Evolution of Family

Tournament categories

All wedding entries must be commissioned work only and taken on the day the register was signed by a real couple.

Classical Wedding/ Classical Portrait: Images must represent an exemplary standard within a traditional and long-established form or style.

Wedding Avant Garde/ Portrait Avant Garde: Images must favour or introduce new and experimental ideas and methods.

Wedding Reportage: Images must document real moments without any photographer input.

Portrait Children/Babies: Images must be of children aged below 16. Commissioned and non-commissioned work permitted.

Portrait Fashion: Images entered into this category can show clothing, jewellery, makeup, accessories, hair or any other specific fashion item. Models wearing bridal gowns should be entered into this category instead of the Wedding categories.

Illustrative: This category covers the following genres pictorial, fine art, digital art, abstract, composite and concept work. Commissioned and non-commissioned work permitted.

Documentary: Images of people involved in real events to provide a factual report on a particular subject. Commissioned and non-commissioned work permitted.

Open: There are no strict definitions for this category. Commissioned and non-commissioned work permitted.

The Natural World: This category covers all things natural – landscapes, wildlife and nature. Commissioned and non-commissioned work permitted.

Monochrome: Images entered into this category must be either black or white OR coloured in one single tonal range, for example sepia images are permitted. There are no subject restraints, any subject and style as long as it’s monochromatic. Commissioned and non-commissioned work permitted.

Nouveau: There are no strict definitions for this category but entrants must not have entered the 20x16 category before. Commissioned and non-commissioned work permitted.

See more info about the SWPP 20x16 print competition here.

Images by wedding and portrait photographer John Hellstrom from Stockholm, Sweden. Contact John here.