November Wedgram Winners

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Hello!  We have had another big month here at the Academy, not least of all because we hosted our second, Wedgram challenge.  Once again we had some fantastic entries and it was wonderful to see so many new participants, alongside those who returned for another round.
In case you have missed the ‘hype’, here is a rundown on exactly what Wedgram is and who will benefit from it;
#Wedgram gives participants experience in styling, photography for Instagram and using social media as a professional.  In addition to being able to practice those skills, there is the benefit of honing your craft each time you enter and that is why you will get so much more out of this challenge, if you do return month after month.  So please keep an eye on your inboxes as we will soon announce, next month’s theme and if you haven’t signed up, you can do so here.
Now to our winners. Our judge this month is the Academy’s very own, Lisa Macale, of Willow Tree Creative.  Lisa is an Academy Graduate and Tutor and her Styled Shoots and Weddings are regularly featured by your favourite magazines and blogs.  So let’s here from Lisa about our Winner.

Wedgram Winner – Mya Lloyd

Lisa Macale:  “Mya’s entry is a lovely mix of textures and autumn/fall tones, while combining different fruits and foliage, that work beautifully together.  The image has a beautiful and rustic style.  Congratulations @emmddiva on being this month’s #Wedgram winner” – Lisa Macale

Runner’s Up

Joining Mya on the winner’s podium is Martha Tobyn (@marthatobyn) who had this to say of the experience of competing in Wedgram;
“Wedgram is a great challenge for channeling the inspiration and beauty around you.  In this instance caputruing the richness and majesty of the British Autumn.  I look forward to more Wedgram Challenges.” – Martha Tobyn
And our second runner’s up is Sofia Marsano (@sofiamarsano) who created a delightful vignette to express the theme of ‘fruits and foliage’.
Thank you to everyone who participated! We look forward to your company for the December challenge which kicks off next week. To view all the entries for this month’s challenge, go to Instagram and search for, fruitsandfoliage in tags.


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Leading Wedding & Entertaining Expert, David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle.

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