I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have been awarded the Photographers Bar for the second year running from the Guild of Photographers!
This year is the first year that there has been a separate PETS category, so it's great that my work in dog portraiture has been recognised in this way. It's been a slog in 2019 - I found it challenging to enter three images just in pets each month, as the previous year I was able to use wildlife and landscape images to count towards my total as they were all classed as "Open" category.
Being more of a challenge has definitely increased my sense of achievement!
To gain the Photographers Bar you must enter 3 images in the same category over 8 months of the competition in the same calendar year (24 images), and gain at least 24 points in that category.
Bronze images are worth 2 points, silver 4 points and gold 7 points - so not all images need to score, but the correct number of images must be entered over the 8 months.
As I entered for all 10 months of competition, the "best" 8 months are counted towards the Bar.
Below are the images from 2019 which were awarded Bronze - you can view the images individually in the gallery here
From the Guild's website:
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 that 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 250 photographers have achieved it in the 6 years since its inception, during which time over 60,000 images will have been entered for assessment by photographers across the UK and from overseas.