The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service award evening at Daisy Lodge
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service award evening at Daisy Lodge

Daisy Lodge

Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Mourne Mountains, Daisy Lodge is a respite centre operated by leading Northern Ireland cancer charity, Cancer Fund For Children. The charity was created in 1973 by Margaret McAlpine MBE. Aided by funds from the Lottery, and opened by local comedian Patrick Kielty, Daisy Lodge offers families a place to relax and de-stress.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service award evening at Daisy Lodge
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service award evening at Daisy Lodge

Working outside

Outside events like this are always tricky. Northern Ireland isn’t known as having predictable weather. On the drive down from Belfast the skies opened and rain was bouncing off my car. Thankfully by the time I arrived the showers had finished and the sun appeared. The event ran as planned outside.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service award evening at Daisy Lodge
Cancer Fund for Children founder, Wendy McAlpine MBE receiving the The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service award for 2018/19

Like most event photo shoots, this evening took on a familiar format. The guests arrived, followed by the VIP’s, the main presentation finishing with dinner. The big difference this time round was the amazing backdrop of the Mourne Mountains. It was super challenging nailing the lighting for this evening as the conditions were changing minute by minute.

Getting the shots

Wide photos showing the event set up were easy to capture. Getting close up images of the speakers would be more tricky. Two speed lights set up to the rear of the audience would give me enough fill light against the setting sun to the rear. Without these lights the subject would’ve been dark compared to the background.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service award evening at Daisy Lodge
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service award evening at Daisy Lodge


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