Photography Services Sydney

Gala Dinner Awards Photography at Grace Hotel

Photography for the awards and gala dinner night at the Grace Hotel in Sydney.

Invited guests follow the formal dress code guidelines and look fabulous. With a warm and friendly greeting from the concierge, they are shown to the lifts up to level 1 function room foyer and bar.

The Grace Brothers had grand visions in the 1920s. They wanted a showpiece of their successful retail business. And that they did just that and didn’t disappoint even in the neighbourhood of the very grand Queen Victoria Building nearby. Considering the Grace Hotel in now towered amongst building twice or more its height it still carries it’s own. The Grace Hotel is a great example of Neo-Gothic architecture with an Art Deco interior and oozes style. It is a grand old hotel that has kept its charm and has been well looked after. Great for formal events and photos.

Awards Night Guest Networking

During the early part of the night, there is some tension in the air. Some guests are eagerly waiting to see if they are the winners in one of the coveted national awards. So we as photography service providers give the guests a little more space to be served their first glass of shampers.

Then there’s the usual old industry friends and professional rivalry between manufacturers or importers.

During this early phase of the corporate event photography, we keep that little bit of extra distance but watch closely for photo opportunities for when the time is right. And very quickly the first networking session settles in and the clicks of the camera startup to capture all the friendly emotion light up the room. More drinks are served and before too long all the excited guests are called into the ballroom.

Formal Speeches & Presentation

Jez Ford, the Master of Ceremonies opens up the night and addresses the guests when everyone is seated and settled.

All the winners get a chance to say a few words, they thank their colleagues and customers after picking up their trophy. Every award recipient had their photo taken as they stood on the stage while voicing their thanks. I recall a few of the winners have picked up a number of awards.

The excitement really started to show through the photos as the night progressed and the winners’ list became clearer. Great buzz.

Gala Awards Night Photo at the Grace Hotel Sydney

Awards Ceremony

Australian Sound and Image Magazine

“The annual Sound+Image Awards dinner has been an essential event in the calendar of the audio-visual industry for more than 25 years.

Held every year since 1989, the prestigious Sound+Image Awards recognise excellence in the design, manufacture and installation of audio, home entertainment and incar equipment.”

Platinum Partners for the awards evening were The Chester Group, organisers of the Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show.

Vendor & Client Relationship

We’ve worked a few times with the publishers of the Sound and Image magazine ↗. So when there was an opportunity to photograph the awards night we jumped at the chance. Being local in the Sydney CBD, and a keen interest in music, recorded and live, this sure was a great assignment.

Building these types of connections over a period of time can bring great benefits to both the vendor and client. It also benefits the guests as this relationship can help create a more relaxed atmosphere during the night. Good vibes and synergy are contagious.

Grace Hotel Venue

The majestic Grace Hotel Sydney ↗ is a great venue to work in, and considering we are so close that we usually walk in with our camera equipment, this sure makes for a place we love to photograph in.

There are over a dozen function rooms all with their own style and character that caters to events of most business event sizes. Networking happens mostly in the landing areas just outside the Ballrooms, and they too have a lovely relaxed style of that period.

Congratulations to all the winners and to Jez Ford, the MC. Everyone had a great time.

Special mention of congratulations to John Martin, for the lifetime achievement award, the photo is below.

Exciting Announcement that The Sydney HiFi Show in 2020, will be on 3-5th April. We’re looking forward to this.

John Martin Lifetime achievement award

John Martin Lifetime achievement award

Gala Dinner Photo Gallery

A very  short list of the award winners;

LOUDSPEAKERS OF THE YEAR $2000-$10,000
– JOINT WINNERS –
GoldenEar Triton Two+
Q Acoustics Concept 500

LOUDSPEAKERS OF THE YEAR $10,000-$20,000
Dynaudio Contour 60
Highly Commended: Boenicke W8

LOUDSPEAKERS OF THE YEAR OVER $20,000
Bowers & Wilkins 800 D3
Highly Commended
Sonus faber Homage Tradition Serafino

PRE-AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR
Audio Research Reference 6

POWER AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR UNDER $10,000
Bryston 4B3

POWER AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR OVER $10,000
Dan D’Agostino Progression Stereo

PHONO STAGE OF THE YEAR
Perreaux Audiant VP3:

POWER CONDITIONER OF THE YEAR
Torus Power AVR2

http://www.avhub.com.au/awards/this-years-awards