I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have been granted membership of the Photographer's Bar, which is awarded by the Guild of Photographers!
Many of you will know I regularly enter the Guild's Image of the Month Competition and have been awarded Silver and Bronze Awards in the last year. The Photographer's Bar is awarded to those photographers who achieve a consistent professional level throughout the year in this competition.
One of my personal goals for 2018 was to achieve the Bar, so I am over the moon!
Here's the official outline from the Guild:
Membership of the 'Photographers Bar' is a unique distinction awarded to those photographers who have successfully had images assessed by the Guild of Photographers over the course of a year and have attained a score that evidences an exceptional level of professional skill and consistency throughout a full year.
The Guild of Photographers is a highly respected association for all photographers and its competition attracts up to 1500 images for judging by an expert Panel of Judges each month. Points are given to entries and these are then totalled at the end of the year. Those who reach the required threshold are then awarded membership of the 'Photographers Bar'.
Membership of the 'Photographers Bar' is a distinction that is very difficult to achieve - in fact less than 200 photographers have achieved it in the 5 years since its inception, during which time almost 60,000 images will have been entered for assessment by photographers across the UK and from overseas.
Here are a few of my award-winning images which contributed to receiving the Photographers Bar: