Barrie Downie

We’re excited to reveal that acclaimed wedding photographer and experienced international competition judge Barrie Downie is set to preside over the very first Engage Live Photo of the Month competition.

Throughout February 2016, Valentine’s month, Engagers are encouraged to enter original images based around the theme of Love. Photographs can be taken on any device and all categories of photo are welcome.

At the end of the month, Barrie – who has sat on the judging panel of the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers annual awards for several years – will chose his top three entries.

The successful photographers will have their images published on all Engage Live platforms, and will receive 30, 60 and 100 Engage Points respectively to spend on Engage Live products.

As well as that, Barrie will record his critique of each submitted image in a special educational video, giving Engagers around the world firsthand experience of what it is that professional judges look for in competitions.

We will stream the resulting content for free and thereafter make it available to access and learn from on demand.

‘I am so excited to have been asked to judge the monthly competition for Engage Live,’ said Barrie. ‘I have learned so much over the years by entering competitions myself and seeing them judged, which in turn has helped push my own creativity.

‘In return I love to help further the creative minds of others by giving considered thought and constructive feedback to the judging process. I wish all Engagers good luck with this month’s competition.’

To enter images into February’s Engage Live Photo of the Month contest, email your photos to with Photo of the Month in the subject line or join our closed Facebook group and post your images there. Good luck!