'All Round' Photographer of the year 2012 and 2013
Two images shortlisted for 'Image of the year' 2014
'Open' category and 'overall' print winner at Photo hubs Hinkley
I am delighted and very proud that I have been awarded the title of The Guild of Photographers All Round Photographer of the year two years in succession in 2012 and 2013. To be awarded one photographer of the year title in a life time is amazing, but to retain this title for a second year in 2013 was a huge achievement.
In addition to the all round title, in 2013 I was also runner up in the 'Open' section, with many of my landscape images of Holland contributing towards this award. I was also awarded 4th place in the International wedding photographer section. In 2012 I was placed in the top ten of all three categories -portrait, wedding and open.
Many associations base their 'Photographer Of The Year' awards on the judging of one image. However, the Guild of Photographer's does things differently! The title chase is particularly demanding as images are judged each month throughout the year, over a thousand images are entered every month, with only a small percentage attaining recognition in the form of monthly awards. So the winners have to produce images of a consistently high standard literally month after month in order to win!!
In 2014, two of my landscape images were shortlisted to the final 6 for 'image of the year -urban landscape and street photography'. I was absolutely delighted with this. From over 10,000 images not just one, but two of my images were recognised as some of the best images submitted during the year.
In 2015 I traveled over to the UK for the Guild's first Photo hubs' event at Hinkley, and the print judging competition. My image of the Apledoorns Kanaal in the Netherlands was awarded the 'Open' category title and then unanimously (by 5 judges) awarded the 'Overall' winner title as well. I was delighted, and took away the prize of a valuable Ice Light as well.
As a professional photographer, I strive to provide my clients with the most enjoyable and professional photographic experience possible.
As a Guild member I am committed to delivering a first-class service to my customers. To become a member I had to pledge to meet the high expectations of customer service and product delivery required by The Guild. In November 2011 I submitted a selection of images to a judging panel and was awarded the "Qualified Professional Photographer" qualification and in October 2013 I added the 'Qualified wedding photographer' qualification to my achievements within the association.
In May 2014 I gained my "Craftsmen" level of qualification with the Guild of Photographers. One of only 15 photographers to hold this level of photographic recognition in The Guild. This qualification was attained by submitting a panel of 32 images in digital and print form before a panel of highly respected and recognised photographic judges in the UK. The Craftsman qualification is genre specific; and the images I submitted were from my 2 year long project "The Netherlands through new eyes". I wrote a blog post about this huge personal achievement for me which you can read here: My craftsman qualification.
I continually strive to improve my photographic skills and gain recognition for my photography. Positive feedback from clients is one of the most important things for me, but I also enjoy entering my images into monthly competitions run by The Guild of Photographers. I am very proud to have attained numerous awards including an elusive gold bar for my image of two cyclists riding into the mist, several silver bars and numerous bronze bars.