Gold Award

Really excited to have achieved a Gold Award this month in the Societies Monthly International Competition. Such a happy little dog and we had great fun in the studio getting her to stay in the basket and also get the head tilt.

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She came with a couple of her collie friends and the image I entered into the Monochrome category got a Highly Commended.

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The Societies – 2015 Convention and Awards

Well I had a really fun and informative weekend at The Societies 2015 Convention. The convention is held in the London Metropole Hotel near to Paddington station so is easy for the many that travel from across the country and abroad to access. There is a huge selection of Classes for Photographers to attend on all aspects of Photography, with a large trade show for photographs to see the latest and best from the photographic trade. Not to mention the brilliant opportunity it presents for photographers to network with each other.

I spent Friday looking at the tradestands catching up face to face with some of the suppliers I use and also looking at new ones. So nice new products are going to be available soon so will keep you updated on that. I even managed to buy a few new props for my newborn photography sessions.

Saturday I went on an all day long Location workshop with Kevin Wilson. We had two great models. Kevin provided great tuition and the venue was the Safehouses situated in Peckham. A blank canvas was the theme of the day and the houses certainly provided that. Images of the day will follow in another blog.

Saturday evening was the Awards dinner when over 400 photographers gather for dinner and to celebrate the years photography. Trade awards are given and photographic awards for The 20″x16″ competition and the Golds awards from the Monthly Competition are then put forward to consideration for the Photographer of the Year.

Photographers may enter one image each month into any of the available categories the awards given are Gold or Highly Commended
Gold: these will go forward to the annual judging and are deemed to be images of the highest standard and will be published in Professional Imagemaker
Highly Commended: Above standard. These images will be reviewed every three months and have the potential of being reclassified as Gold.

I have been fortunate enough in 2014 to gain four gold awards and had two upgraded the previous year from Highly Commended to golds. I also gained several Highly commended.

Here are a few of my Highly Commended images from the year!

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I spend a great amount of my time out and about with my camera and my dogs and am lucky to live in an area where there is a lot of Widlife.  My Gold Awards for the year are predominantly from the Nature Category for 2014 but this is probably the category I always enter without fail.

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For those following my blog you will know I had a nomination for the Nature Category this year with the Hare image above,  which was very exciting. Unfortunately I was not lucky enough this year to win the category but it was an honour to be nominated and have an image thought worthy!  I would like to congratulate all the winners and will be trying my utmost to be among them next year.  The Awards  for the Nature Category can be viewed here. http://show-vid.com/view/gkxadax4

Nominated for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2014

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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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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