We’re Award Winning Photographers!

It’s official – we are award winning photographers, again!

The Guild of Photographers is a UK based worldwide organisation that runs an annual international photography competition.  The Guild’s members make up a thriving community of like-minded people with either business of personal interests in all genres of photography.

Image of the Month:

The Guild’s annual Image of the Month competition is open to all members who can enter any number of images into the 4 categories each month.  The competition runs for 10 months a year and entries can are made over a period of 10 consecutive months with the.  The Annual awards split the standard 4 categories of people, babies, wedding & open into 15 more specific categories.  Awards are made to photographers with the highest cumulative marks throughout the year in each category. This ensures that, as well as a high standard of images being required, there must also be consistence throughout the year.

All images are judged monthly by a panel of renowned and respected, industry leading professional photographers against strict criteria including technical skill, lighting and composition.  With a monthly entry totalling around 1,400 images  there are over 14,000 images entered every year. There are many reasons that people enter this competition, with around 13,000 images being entered annually

The 2017 IOM results:

It takes a fair amount of dedication to make time for creating IOM entries on a regular basis and alongside client work.  However, for those who love the challenge of creating new and innovative images, it’s also great fun.

IOM scoring:

  • A Platinum Bar: Images of exceptional or outstanding quality (only awarded to the ultimate of images)
  • A Gold Bar: Images of particular distinction (very rare)
  • A Silver Bar: Images that are very well crafted (difficult to achieve)
  • A Bronze Bar: Images of a strong standard at a national competition level
  • Classified Images of a standard worthy of acknowledgement but not deemed award winning at national competition level.
  • Not scored.. Images that do not reach our ‘Classified’ level score will not be given a grade.

Our IOM 2017 results:

January:

Silver Bar

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February:

Silver Bar

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March:

Gold Bar

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April:

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May:

Silver Bar

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June:

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Gold Bar

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July:

Silver Bar

Silver Bar

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August:

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September:

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Bronze Bar

Bronze Bar

October:

Bronze Bar

Bronze Bar

2017 Awards:

Every February, the Guild of Photographers holds its’ annual award evening where the year’s award winning photographers are announced.  We were thrilled and humbled to be announced the following awards for 2017:

Winner: Image of the Year 2017 – Commercial category

Open Category: 3rd place

Member of Photographer’s Bar: Open Category

In a field of numerous other talented award winning photographers it’s a real honour to be given these awards!

Images shortlisted for IOY:

Out of the 30 images we entered into the IOM competition throughout 2017 a total of 7 were shortlisted into the 12 images that made up the Commercial category to compete for the Image of the Year title. These images were not necessarily the ones with the highest scores, but ones that stood out to the judges:

The Winning Image – Commercial Image of the Year 2017:

Ian Knaggs Commercial Product Photographer - Quaker Oats Strawberry Porridge

The IOM competition for 2018 has already started with the results from January being announced on 21st February.  Even though we know that the competition will probably be tougher this year we’re looking forward to the challenge of creating more images that stand out and hope to do as well as in 2017.

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