You may often see on my social media page each month that I post about awards. A little self indulgent and 'showy' it may seem but actually there is a benefit to these awards for my clients. Let me explain.....
I joined the Guild of Photographers around 18 months ago. The Guild is one of the leading UK photography associations alongside the NPAS which I am also a member of. The Guild has been around since 1988 and offers professional and enthusiasts a haven of knowledge, training and education, discounts, advice, networking and support amongst peers and like minded individuals amongst my industry. They're an industry institution if you like.
One of the most popular aspects of the Guild however is the monthly competition. There are many genres of photography that you can choose to enter images for from babies to landscapes, sport and wedding photography. So why enter? Is is just about showing off?
For me it is so much more and at the centre of why I do it, is you! My client!
The awards given are not given lightly. The awards are Classified, Bronze Bar, Silver Bar, Gold Bar, Platinum Bar and they aware awarded by a panel of 15, highly profound and experienced National, photographers. I enter images on a monthly basis because it is not easy to achieve an award and because that means that I have to produce something special, I have to keep learning and I have to keep striving to improve month after month. When I then achieve an award, it means that I have done some of those things and ultimately I am therefore delivering the best possible images to my clients. It is a way of ensuring that I am offering quality.
I started entering images 11 months ago, in January 2017. The awards run from January to November each year and I have consistently achieved an award each month since, with 25 bronze bars, 1 silver and all remaining images that have not reached a bar, have achieved Classified status, meaning I am delivery images to a high, professional standard. Bronze means that I have 'produced an image of National Competition standard and an image to be proud of'.
To date, my biggest achievement is my silver,
A silver is awarded for 'Images that are very well crafted (difficult to achieve)'
I am always wanting to deliver more, so 2018 is about developing and achieving more so that I can deliver even better quality images to my clients. I am aiming for more slivers and I am also looking to embark on obtaining my craftsman qualification.
I cannot take all the credit for the images that have won awards though. I have amazing clients whose loyalty to me, means that I can keep doing what I love. Those gorgeous smiles, serious faces and delightful little people are what makes it even more special. They all hold a special place in my heart.