This week I got great news that one of my Nature images, that gained a Gold Award with the Societies in July this year has been shortlisted for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2014. The Societies is Europe’s largest all-welcome association for the serious photographer.
I am thrilled to have been shortlisted for the award this year. We are blessed in and around Letcombe Regis to have wonderful countryside and an abundance of wildlife. My nominated image of the Hare won a Gold Award in the Societies Monthly competition earlier in the year and was taken in Letcombe Regis early one morning in June this year.
I will be competing for the prestigious award of “Nature Photographer of the Year” and The Societies’ “Photographer of the Year,” with the winner being revealed at The Societies’ 2015 Convention Awards Dinner held on 17 January 2015 in London.
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Wow an exciting month for me.
I was thrilled when I got told that I had gained 2nd Place in the SWPP , Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers monthly competition. Adorable Pets. As I have been totally potty on animals since I can remember photographing them is is a joy for me. I decided to move away from dogs for a change and entered an image of some piglets that were kept as pets at a pup in Somerset that we visit when down that way. This image gained a Highly Commended.
I also entered an image of Buttons and was really surprised when we got told we had gained 2nd Place. Buttons is a 12 hh Welsh Pony who is now 30 years old. He is an absolute star and gave me many fun years doing Pairs Carriage Driving at National events. He retired from driving due to a hock injury and has since given many of my friends children and other children more confidence than you can ever imagine. Kids that have lost confidence and have refused to ride again have been trotting around happily after just a few days. He is currently on loan to a lovely family and we have just decided that it is time for him to retire and have a well deserved rest.
A few days after these were announced I got an text from a photographer friend congratulating me on another Gold award, again with the SWPP. This time in the Nature Category. I was then bowled over to find out that my image has been selected as the judges choice out of all the Gold awards from the month and I won some nice prizes too. Here is the Gold award image. Taken up on the Ridgeway in the beautiful evening light. These Adonis butterflies are quite small and have the most beautiful colours and markings.
Today I started my photographic journey in the world of Macro photography. I went to the Photography Show at Birmingham some weeks ago and treated myself to a Macro lens. I have been wanting one for ages and it an area of photography I have always fancied doing as a hobby and with it comes new skills to learn.
The lens is also great for portraits and getting details shots for my baby photography and Weddings.
This is my first attempt with the lens. A tiny Millipede I found today in the woods. What amazed me was all the other smaller insects I could see on some of the photographs that I didn’t notice when I was shooting with the naked eye. Maybe I should wear my glasses next time!
Important Note to self.. take a mat to kneel on as the stingers are rather strong at this time of year and a light source in case the sun disappears behind the clouds as it did today!