It had been a great day at Newmarket (see last blog) but it got even better when Steve Thirsk of the Guild of Photographers rang to say that they were about to announce the December competition results in which I had been awarded 4 Bronze medals and 2 Commended and this meant that I was third in the Open Competition for the year and 10th in the Wedding category! Yet to find out where I came overall but delighted with the result.

The competition is spread over 12 months with your best 9 months counting towards the end result, so not easy. The judging is done by a panel of photographers and they are hard task masters! Here is how the scoring works.

Platinum Bar – World Class / Awesome (The guild have yet to give one)
Gold Bar – Exceptional (so very rare)
Silver Bar – Very High Standard (very difficult to achieve)
Bronze Bar – High Standard (above the norm)
Commended – Good Professional Standard (a competant image)
Unclassified – Images that are not to our competition standards

So this year I was awarded, in the 11 months I entered, 5 silver medals, 47 bronzes and 16 commended. An achievement I am very proud of, so now onto 2012. I would like to thank the Guild for all their hard work in putting this on and for my fellow contestants for raising the bar in photography terms which will benefit all of our clients in the future. This is one of the reasons it is beneficial to hire a professional photographer to undertake your photography commission.