Last night was the annual Jewish Care Campaign Dinner, and this was the second year in which we’ve been the primary photographers for the event – covering all the action on stage, and the VIP photo-call before the evening commenced. Jewish Care is an absolutely incredible organisation with whom we are very proud to be involved.
Once again the evening was held in the beautiful Great Room of the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London… the biggest ballroom in the capital, and with over 1000 people attending, every inch of space was needed! The leaders of the UK Jewish community, from every denomination, came together to support this most worthwhile of causes – from Dames to Sirs and Chiefs to Lords. It was a pleasure to see such familiar faces as Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi Elect, and Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub – both of whom we’ve had the pleasure of photographing on many occasions.
Of course with every Jewish Care Campaign Dinner comes great food and entertainment too.
The delicious dinner was provided by the most prestigious and discerning of caterers, Tony Page. Entertainment came in the form of a politician, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and an award-winning musician, the brilliant Emeli Sande. I term both of their tenures on stage as ‘entertainment’ as clearly Mayor Johnson is about as funny as a politician, or indeed any speaker, can be… having the huge crowd in rapturous bouts of laughter. One of the highlights of my news photography career was getting momentarily stuck in a lift with Mayor Johnson a couple of years ago, admitting to him, “When I woke up this morning I never expected to be in this situation.” On a serious note, I have so much admiration for superstar guests who voluntarily give their time for great causes, and also for companies like Investec who sponsor the event.
As for the images, these evenings are always hectic but exciting and rewarding affairs, and we’re really happy with the outcome of our hard work. It was also lovely to see a few of our previous images used on the tables, and also on the big screens throughout the evening. Here are some of our favourites…