Gold Award and more

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.

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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.

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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.

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SWPP – Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers – Two Highly Commended Images

Each month many photographers enter SWPP monthly image competition trying to achieve a Gold Award. I try and participate as often as I can. This time round I got two Highly Commended given to two images.

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In the Pet Portrait category I entered this one of Dylan. The expression is key in this one.

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This image of the Stag roaring was entered into the Nature section. It was taken at the Deer Farm at Letcombe Regis.

Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers – Gold Awards

I am a member of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers, and each month they hold an image competition for their members. The images are judged by Fellows of the Society and the aim is to achieve either a Highly Commended Award or the very sought after Gold Award.

Following the excitement in December 2013 of having two of my Highly Commended images upgraded to Gold, my first two Golds!  I was therefore thrilled to find out that two of my entries for the January 2014 competition were award  Gold.  The certificates arrived in the post today!

The first was in the Studio Portrait Category and the second was in the Nature category.

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Studio Portrait – Three Generations.

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Nature – Butterfly at Sunset

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