Well I haven’t done so well on the New Years resolution but January is always a busy month, catching up after the Xmas break not to mention the tax return and getting ready to submit my Qualification panel at the Societies Convention in London (will blog about that another day)
So Feb started with a bang. The Guild of Photographers Award Evening. A fantastic event. I arrived on Friday to help Clive Hall give his presentation on his amazing Fellowship panel and spent Saturday day time listening to some wonderful presenters. Weddings, Wildlife and Portraiture. Love to look at other people images, hear their stories and learn.
The evening was a big event. It’s very well attended. Sold out in hours of the tickets going on sale! Held at the magnificent Crewe Hall. I was lucky enough this year to get awarded the Photographers Bar again.
Thank you to Rachael Foster and Samantha Jayne Photography for the images above.
The Photographers Bar
Becoming a member of the Photographer’s Bar is a unique distinction awarded to those photographers who have had images assessed by the Guild via the Image of the Month competition over the course of a competition year, attaining a score the equivalent of a point for each entry made.
In other words any member who can secure 24 points* in one section of the Photography of the Year Title chases from 24 images in any 8 months of the same competition year (ie your chosen 3 POTY images X 8 Months in the same category) will be awarded honorary life membership of the ‘Photographer’s Bar’ in order to acknowledge the fact they have submitted strong images consistently throughout the year in competition judged in accordance with national scoring criteria – a distinction that is very difficult to achieve!!
Such a friendly, well-run event everyone always has a blast.
Thanks to Samantha Jayne Photography for the image below! Party Time!
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.
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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Just round that I got a little mention in the Oxford Mail on Thursday. For See here.. http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/business/news/11724458.Snapper___s_wildlife_shots_up_for_award/
Snapper’s wildlife shots up for award
A detail from one of Mel Taylor’s photographs
Letcombe Regis photographer and businesswoman Mel Taylor has been shortlisted for a national award for her wildlife shots.
The 50-year-old mother-of-two will find out on Saturday if she has been named Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographer’s Photographer of the Year.
Mrs Taylor, who set up her firm after being made redundant nine years ago, works from a studio at her home in Letcombe Regis and specialises in nature and family portraits.
- For more information, call 01235 763359 or see meltaylorphotography.co.uk
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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.