As preparations continue for the Gala Awards Ceremony, and nominations continue to come in, we take a little time out to talk to our event photographer, Stephanie Colledge.

Stephanie is a Warwickshire-based event and wedding photographer who has generously volunteered her time and skills to capture the Gala Awards for the last 3 years. Her website is

We asked Stephanie what her favourite shot was from all of the Galas which she has photographed.

My favourite shot would be Margaret Kite in 2012, she had the whole place feeling emotional when she won and the sparkle or tear in her eye tells the tale.

Margaret Kite, 2012 winner. Photographed by Stephanie Colledge
Margaret Kite, 2012 winner. Photographed by Stephanie Colledge

The organising team certainly agree that this shot really does sum up the Citizen of the Year Awards, and it’s no surprise then that we’ve used it heavily on promotional materials for the last 2 years.

What kind of challenges have you faced at our Gala Awards Ceremonies?

Each year has been at a different location which has proved interesting in terms of lighting, layout etc.

The organisation and friendliness of everyone is great and I can always find a table to sit under or someone willing to let me join them for a few minutes to get a different shot.

We asked Stephanie to tell us more about her background and what (who) she has photographed previously.

I started shooting images seriously around six years ago either by luck or judgement.  My passion was/is all around shooting live music and I found a way to make this happen.  The realisation came a little later that gig photography was leading into event work, which then took me to weddings and studio work.  I’ve been able to shoot my musical heroes, attend some of the best parties and share in the most special times in peoples lives.

Finally we asked Stephanie to share her favourite shot (outside of the Citizen of the Year Awards):

"Sometimes our hands say so much" (C) Stephanie Colledge
“Sometimes our hands say so much” – Stephanie Colledge

Once again we thank Stephanie for her time here and of course for expertly capturing the Gala Awards Ceremonies.
Please visit her website at

The Gala Awards Ceremony is on Friday 26 September at Bridge House Theatre, Warwick School. Doors 7:00pm for a 7:30 start. Tickets are on sale now direct from the Bridge House Theatre box office, online HERE and in person at the theatre. Tickets are £12 adults, £10 concession or £5 under 16.

Getting the shot