To celebrate what love means to people across the UK we launched our national photography competition Love Captured for the second year running. The resulting images will be sure not to leave a dry eye as they portray love in all its forms.
The competition asked for amateur photographers to show what love means to them and we can now reveal the ten finalists and their stunning photographs.
Fighting off stiff competition to grab first place and the prize money was Sebastian Czubachowski with his stunning portrait of his nephew and dog called ‘Waiting for Grandpa’.
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Dance me till the End of Love
Marcel Grabowski’s entry fought off competition from more than a thousand entries to feature in the top 10 of eHarmony’s national photographer competition Love Captured. Captioned ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’, the photograph, which was highly praised for its composition shows a young, smiling couple at a wedding, drawn together in a kiss.
Enigmatically captioned ‘H2’, the shortlisted photo by Glasgow resident Vivek Kumar was highly praised for its creative use of colour, shows a young couple, the girl in traditional Indian dress, holding their hands aloft and making the word ‘love’ with the silhouette of their fingers.
Love is the Journey
Love Captured finalist Ella Penn said: “I often take photos when enjoying a Sunday morning walk with my partner and this one really hit home – I found myself hoping that could be us in years to come, walking the very same hills together when we are older.”
Love Locks Forever
Barnsley resident Paul Twibell has placed in the Love Captured top ten with his photograph ‘Love Locks Forever'. The photograph was highly praised by the judges for both its use of colour and its originality.
Nicki & Daryl's Big Day
A wedding photo with a differece, Steven Bailey’s nighttime shot of a couple in the rain captured our judges’ imaginations helping to place it in the top ten finalists of the Love Captured 2015 competition. On hearing the news, Steven said: “I can’t believe it, to be honest! I do think it’s a lovely picture though all the same and I think the umbrella makes it – showing that even when life throws down a touch of adversity like rain on your big day, true love finds a way.”
Captioned ‘The Warmth’, the photograph by Sanket Khuntale was highly praised by Love Captured judges for both its use of colour and its creative subject matter, shows a huddle of chicks standing below their mother hen’s feathers. Speaking about his photograph, Sanket said, “It’s an unusual subject but it still means love to me. I found the sight of the tiny chicks resting under their mother’s wings to gain warmth delightful, and apparently so did the judges. I’m really honoured to be among the top 10.” Launched by relationship website eHarmony.co.uk, the second annual Love Captured photography contest asked the nation to submit photographs demonstrating what the word ‘love’ means to them. Sanket’s entry fought off competition from more than a thousand entries to feature in the top 10.
Captioned ‘Timeless Love’, the photograph, which was highly praised for both its composition and emotional depth, shows a smartly dressed older couple sat with one another, evidently having a great time. Stafford resident Rosie Hunt said: “I think the fact that the photo was chosen is testament to the fact that the enduring love it shows is something that almost all of us aspire to have – and I couldn’t wish that happiness on a better couple.”
Waiting for Grandpa
Liverpool resident Sebastian Czubachowski was chosen as the overall winner of the competition by the judges for its emotional pull and composition. Speaking about his photograph placing so highly in the competition, Sebastian, 31 said, “When I found out I’d placed so highly I couldn’t believe it, it really did make my day. I feel the photo’s appeal lies in the suspense it shows – it makes you think about the story behind the image.” Launched by relationship website eHarmony.co.uk, the second annual Love Captured photography contest asked the nation to submit photographs demonstrating what the word ‘love’ means to them.
Mother & Daughter
Abergavenny resident Hannah Merrett has placed in the top ten of eHarmony’s national photography competition, Love Captured. Hannah said: “I am so excited to be in the final 10. This is a beautiful moment between my friend Julie and her daughter Carys and I feel the photo sums up the amazingly close bond she has with her daughter. I really feel it encapsulates love in its purest form.” Launched by relationship website eHarmony.co.uk, the second annual Love Captured photography contest asked the nation to submit photographs demonstrating what the word ‘love’ means to them. Hannah’s entry fought off competition from more than a thousand entries to feature in the top 10.
Kirstie Taylor aimed to capture a kiss from a slightly unusual angle. She said: “I’m honestly just so happy people liked it – it means a lot. It’s a simple photo really but the focus on the feet is a little unusual, which probably worked in its favour – the photo shows that love comes in all shapes and sizes!”
Judging the entries were four experts in photography and love: top psychologist and eHarmony relationship expert Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, editor of Practical Photography magazine Ben Hawkins, top UK Instagramer Alex Douglas who has shot for the likes of Budweiser and Proudlockstyle, plus eHarmony.co.uk’s Managing Director Romain Bertrand. The entries were judged on three main criteria – ‘creativity’, ‘quality’ and ‘charm’.