Conference Photography – APCC & NPCC Summit 2021
News from Birmingham based conference photographer Simon Hadley
I was working in London last week at an actual ‘live’ in person conference.
Over the last 18 months I have covered a grand total of two conferences both hybrid digital events with the majority of delegates and speakers connecting remotely.
Last week’s NPCC/ APCC (The National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner) Joint Summit Conference at QEII Conference Centre in Westminster had delegates and speakers, break out sessions, networking and a drinks reception, it was just like 2019!
Well, just like 2019 apart from mandatory lateral flow test, covid passports, temperature checks, face masks and a lot of hand sanitiser stations, all reassuring when faced with an auditorium full of people for the first time in nearly two years.
It is a high powered event featuring not just senior police leaders from forces around the country but high profile political figures as well. Key note speakers, break outs, debates, networking sessions and exhibition spaces as well as an evening reception there was a lot of photography for me to cover. With serious topics being discussed from local policing to counter terrorism, I needed to be discreet, professional and unobtrusive while still capturing high quality images of all the speakers and delegates.
Pre pandemic I would be covering a couple of these large conferences every month, it may take a while for that level of activity to return, but, fingers crossed, this felt like a step in the right direction towards normality.
See more of my conference photography in the gallery at: https://www.simonhadley.co.uk/gallery/conference-photography/