Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Winner winner chicken dinner!

So excited to announce that I have just took out first place in the Pet category at the prestigious WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) First Half Awards.

WPPI awards receive hundreds of entries each year, so it was an incredible honour to win first place in the Pet Category.

The inspiration for the quirky cat portrait was inspired by famous authors throughout history. This idea was originally designed for a sphynx named Oodat. You can check out that shoot here


Authors are known for being cat lovers and cats have inspired and influenced some of our greatest authors like Ernest Hemingway, T.S Eliot and Mark Twain.

The used books by these authors in the award-winning photograph really reflect the nature and adventurous spirit of my Abyssinian cat. Family reunion, because she is the half sister of our other Abyssinians, Derrick Bennett and Leon. Top sawyer by Mark Twain has a main character that seemed to mostly enjoy getting into trouble and finding adventures, very much like the nature of the Abyssinian cat. The sun also rises by Hemingway is to do with her name Artemis. She was the daughter of Zeus who gave her 10 wishes, one was to be the light bringer! Cats are renown to be incredibly smart and in the human world that means research and knowledge, so the library background adds to this symbolism.

The books were all bought on a trip to America in 2019. They were bought specifically for this shoot and I needed the right colour palette as well as well worn books.

I was trying to decide if I should put in the photograph of Oodat or Artemis. I decided on Artemis because I have already won many awards with sphinx cats. So it is with much gratitude to Oodat that I have this prestigious award.

I now plan to do a series of images in this background of a number of different breeds to create a nice collection of them. Not sure what I will do with the collection when I am finished but I am sure I will come up with something.


About WPPI

The goal of WPPI’s First Half Online competition is to encourage, educate and motivate wedding and portrait photographers committed to their craft.