Joined Jan 19 2011
Dennis Orchard. ABIPP ALPE AMPA ARPS Cr.SWPP.
Dennis took his first picture at the age of 5. And ha always worked as a photographer. He considers that he is still learning the “Art of Photography”.
Dennis graduated with a Higher Diploma in Photography, Film, & Television from London in 1980. He started his career as a Landscape photographer, working for The Daily Telegraph Magazine and Getty Images. In 1995 he turned his attention to Wedding Photography and in 1999 he was awarded “UK Wedding Photographer of the Year” by The UK Guild of Wedding Photographers.
The following year Dennis attended The Wedding & Portrait Photographers Convention (WPPI) in Las Vegas. Over the next few years he entered the 16x20 International Print Awards, winning over 100 “Accolades of Excellence” including four 3rd places, three 2nd places , and two 1st places in the competition. In 2004 he achieved the highest level in the WPPI Accolades Program –
“Accolade of Lifetime Photographic Excellence.”
In 2005 Dennis was awarded “UK Wedding Photographer of the Year” for the second time and upon his return to Las Vegas in 2006 was presented with WPPI’s highest honour,
“The WPPI Lifetime Achievement Award”
for his services to the photographic community.
Dennis speaks and teaches, both nationally & internationally, on all aspects of Contemporary Wedding Photography. He has also been in demand as an International Judge. He has judged nationally in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Malaysia, and USA. He has been a Judge at WPPI for the last 7 years and is Director of the Judging Panel for The Nikon Baltic Photo Contest.
Dennis loves to “see” the story in an image. In judging a print he likes to reward, innovation, technique but above all emotion.