I've not entered any competition images for over two years now, family and other work commitments have been taking priority these days! I decided last month to shoot something for competition, this is very different from shooting for a client mainly as you are shooting to your own style, ideas and creativeness rather than shooting for what your client requests.
The SWPP is one of the largest leading photographic societies in the UK and competition is tough, judging is strict as they are looking for impact, creativity and style, composition, image presentation, centre of interest, lighting, colour balance, technical excellence, photographic technique, story telling and subject matter.
Gold Award: goes forward to the annual judging and are deemed to be images of the highest standard and will be published in the monthly Professional Imagemaker magazine.
Highly commended: These images are above standard and are reviewed every three months with the potential to be upgraded to Gold.
I'm pleased to announce that in March's entry I scored Gold for the above Image, in shock was an understatement!! I truly have to thank my mentors past and present, Damian McGillicuddy and Gary Hill because without their knowledge and skill in both their photography and teaching I couldn't even have dreamed of achieving this standard of work, the key is watch, listen and work hard, take comments on board of where to improve and practice, practice, practice! I also have lots of great colleagues and friends within the business that support me, advise me and give me that push when I need it.
Feeling great and inspired....