The Guild of Photographers

I have been a member of the Guild of Photographers for a few years now. They are a really friendly bunch of people and if you are intersted in photography as a professional or ametuer I would recommend you joining. I recently gained my Master Craftsman Qualification with the Guild which I am very proud of.

There are regional meetings held which provide a great way for photographers to meet up. You dont need to be a professional, you just need to enjoy photography.

There are yearly seminars where you can attend workshops on a variety of subjects.

They provide a mentoring service, where you can get advice from one of the panel members from just improving your photography to help with working for qualifications or competition entries. There is a fee for this but it is worth every penny. I would recommend it to anyone.

They also produce a colourful and informative magazine. I have attached a version here has some of the images on from the panel I submitted and gained my Craftsman qualification with last year.  Pages 3 (botton right image) & pages 94-95

Full magazine here.

Master Craftsman

 

I have no idea where time goes these days! I had meant to write this post last week.

So in October 2019 I started work towards my next photographic qualification Master Craftsman/Fellowship. I had decided I wanted to create a panel to celebrate older dogs. The criteria was set at 13 yrs or above. I did make one exception for an elderly Great Dane at 12 yrs old that is a fantastic achievement for such a large breed.

Lots of you kindly volunteered your dogs as models for the project and we had fun doing the shoots and I met lots of lovey dogs and people and was overwhelmed with the love they had for their four legged friends.

All photographic organisations have their own qualification system.  Licencieate, Associate & Fellow or Qualified, Craftsman & Master Craftsman.

The Guild of photographers are as follows.

‘Qualified’ status is aligned to standards of competence that reflect a level where the customer should be ‘pleased with the results’, when employing the services of a skilled tradesman (the photographer). In other words ‘Qualified’ indicates professional ‘competence’ to a level where the Guild is willing to recognise the photographer as an ambassador of the association , so those who achieve that level should be proud of doing so.

‘Craftsman’ status is aligned to the exacting standards of a true ‘Craftsman’. Therefore to attain this level an increasing level of professional critique to evaluate our members work. In other words we get increasingly ‘fussy’ and look in minutiae at all the elements of photographic understanding. Those that achieve this accolade have demonstrated the finest technical skills and an exceptional creative and artistic ‘eye’.

Finally, in the same way as when a ‘Craftsman’ was granted the highest accolade of ‘Master Craftsman’ having created something truly exceptional (their ‘masterpiece’), a ‘Craftsman’ within the Guild of Photographers can only achieve the acknowledgement of being a ‘Master Craftsman’ by producing their own photographic masterpiece.

Creating a panel is not for the faint hearted! A lot of work goes into it and even I had underestimated this having done my Craftsman Level last year..

You have to supply a panel of 20 images mounted in 20″x16″ mounts a piece of Wall Art and an album and a statement of intent. These are then presented in person and judged by 5 members of the Guilds qualified judging panel.

I am really pleased to say that I was awarded my Master Craftsman on the 21st May 2019.

I would firstly like to thank all the dogs and thier owners. Sadly three of the dogs that participated and had their images in the panel have left us on this world but they will be forever in their owners and my hearts. I would like to thank my friends and family that have supported me, and those that have taught me over the years. You all know who you are.

 

 

 

National Dog Portrait Awards 2019

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Hi there, I am very excited to announce that I am now providing sessions and entry into the National Dog Portrait Awards 2019!

What’s in it for you?

A fun 1 hr session either at my studio or out on a location close to me with your dog …

A reduced fee for mid week session of ONLY £25

Entry free into the National Dog Portrait Awards of which a £10 donation is given by me from your £25 session fee which will go towards helping several Pet Charities.

Chance to Win the following great prizes

1st PRIZE – £1,500 plus a £500 portrait
2nd PRIZE – £1,000 prize plus a £500 portrait
3rd PRIZE – £500 plus a £500 portrait

Limited slots available on this offer so book soon!

How do I book?  Its very easy!

Call me 01235 763359 or 07818427876

Email me on mel.j.taylor@gmail.com

Go to my Website www.meltaylorphotography.co.uk have a look at my award winning images and send me a message from there.

£25 fee is payable on booking, refundable with 24 hrs notice.

What happens once I have booked you?

We will arrange a session time to suit us both

You come along for an hours fun shoot. Dogs can be kept on lead outside if required and the lead will be removed at the editing stage.

I edit the images to competition standard.

You come and view the images and choose the one you want entered into the competition. You will be given the oppertunity to buy any of the images if you wish too. There is no obligation.

Book now before all the slots go………

Competition Rules

Entries to be made prior to the 15th September 2019.

Only one image per dog can be entered.

Winners will be chosen by and expert judging panel

Winner will be notified by email

Click here for Full Terms and Conditions

The Photographers Bar

Very pleased to have been awarded the “Photographers Bar” again this year. It is a unique distinction award to Photographers in order to acknowledge the fact they have submitted strong images consistently throughout the year in the monthly international competition judged in accordance with national scoring criteria – a distinction that is very difficult to achieve!! Thank you to Rachael Foster photography for the image.

Here are a few of the images submitted this year.

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New Qualification – Craftsman

Yesterday, 9th May I travelled up to Stoke on Trent to the Headquaters of the Guild of Photographers to sit my Craftsman Qualification. This qualification is equivalent to the Assocatiate Qualification I gained with the SWPP but the difference being the images had to be presented in person and in print.

The images are judged by 5 Judges that all hold the Master Craftsman qualification and have been through a tough training programme to become judges.

20 images have to be submitted printed in mounted at a minimum size of 16″x12″. If you are a proffessional photographer you are also required to povided proof of Public Liability insurance, a finished product that would be given to the customer and a book showing all the images. The the images also have to be provided in a digital format should they judges want to look at the images more closely on a computer screen.

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I didnt realise how nervous I was until all 5 judges were facing me and I had to read my supporting words about my panel to them. I was begining to wish I had not laminated it as at one point I was in danger of it sounding like a thunder storm as I shook so much!

The Judges then turn to view your panel and you leave the room while the look at the images closely and then a vote is taken.

I am glad to say that I got the thumbs up from all five judges.

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Dogs Today Feburary Issue

Loving the cover photo on February’s issue of Dogs Today magazine.

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As always lots of interesting articles, Canine sensitity, Convential vs alternative vets. Will Power, what will happen to your dog if you die, Dog Crush is the Akita!

Valentines is upon us and I was thrilled to find one of my images in the Best Dog Photos in the world section. Not hard to guess which image it is. There is not love, like a dogs love!

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If you dont want chocolates or flowers for Valentines then this is a great alternative. Gift Vouchers available.

Midweek and Weekend studio sessions are available.

 

Up for an Award

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I am very pleased to say that for the third year running I have reached the Final of the fiercely contested Guild of Photographers Image of the Year Competition.

The Guild is a highly respected UK based association for photographers which has members from overseas as well. Each year it runs an on-line monthly photographic competition, judged by internationally respected judges with awards given to the best entries.

During 2017, the competition has attracted around 1200 entries per month from the most talented of photographers.

It has just been announced that from all the entries across the year, the Guild’s Judges have selected JUST 12 images in various genres to go forward to the annual Image of the Year Final. Those selected really are the best of the best, and  I have been selected as a finalist in the Pet Genre.

Guild Director Lesley Thirsk said “One of the Guild’s aims is to drive standards and creativity amongst photographers. Our monthly competition certainly does that, for the standard of the entries we see each month is quite staggering. To have an image recognised by the Guild in the monthly competition is difficult enough, so to have an image selected as being one of the best in a category for the end of year Final is without doubt an incredible achievement, and shows just how talented photographer, name is”
I love photography and put a lot of effort into developing my skills. One way I do that is to enter the Guild’s competition. It drives forward photography standards month after month and so it helps me push myself. The standards are really high and to have one of my images shortlisted in the overall final again is a real honour.

The final outcome will be announced at a lavish Awards night in a magnificent Jacobean mansion in Cheshire on 3rd February 2018.

To find out more about the Guild of Photographers and their competition visit their website (www.photoguild.co.uk), and to find out more about me visit my website at www.meltaylorphotography.co.uk.