The Guild of Photographers runs an annual photography competition that is run over 10 months.
There are a number of awards that can be won and we won the Open Category Photographer of the Year 2019 at the annual dinner and awards ceremony in February
The Guild of Photographers runs a monthly Image of the Month competition that is open to all members of the Guild. Images can be entered into the 6 categories. We always submit images into the Open section as this fits our style of images. The competition runs for 10 months a year and entries are made over a period of 10 consecutive months.
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 1,500 images there are over 14,000 images entered every year.
The Annual awards split the standard categories of people, babies, wedding, natural world & open into around 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.
Every month the images are scored and awarded points. There are also additional awards for the highest number of points earned throughout the year. This is what the Photographer of the Year awards are for – producing consistently high scoring images throughout the year. Whereas a single image can win a category title, a consistent high level of images is required for the Photographer of the Year title.
Photographer of the Year 2019 (Open) trophy
Commercial Category: Runner-Up trophy
The awards ceremony was held at the beautiful Crewe Hall in Cheshire. In addition to the winning the Photographer of the Year title we also won a £200 voucher from ColorWorld Imaging. We can use this to purchase any of their gorgeous, high quality print and wall-art products.
Here we have the Guild of Photographers Director, Steve Thirsk and the ColorWorld Imaging UK Sales Manager, Nik Proctor presenting yours truly with the trophy.
Photo credit: Rachael Foster
In addition to the awards evening presentation, trophies and prizes, we were also lucky enough to be featured in the Leicester Mercury with a gorgeous full colour double page spread. The article features a number of our award winning images:
We are intending to continue to enter the Guild Image of the Month competition this year as we use it to refine our skills and creativity. Time will tell whether this years results match last years but we’re thrilled and proud to have achieved this great honour for a consistent standard of high quality work during the last 12 months.
You can see our latest advertising photographyProduct Photography work and still life photography here on our site and if you keep your eyes open you’ll probably see some more of our work online and in printed publications around the globe!.