February 12, 2022

In the post this morning something super exciting arrived!! I am thrilled to say that I have achieved the Photographer's Bar for the fourth year running (and third year in the Pets category), for my images which have been entered in the Image of the Month Competition!

2021 was the most challenging year to date for the IOM competition, mainly because of course the first half of the year was basically a write-off due to the lockdown between January and April - and most of us had already exhausted our back-catalogue of images in the previous year's competition!

This meant that all of my entries for 2021 were "new" images, taken for clients between late September 2020 and August 2021, and include a mix of Studio Style and Outdoor Location images. It's been fab to be back photographing lovely dogs again and achieving the Photographers Bar Award is the icing on the cake!

The Pets category was created for the first time in 2019, and I'm pleased to say that I have been awarded the Bar in all three years of its existence. 

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. 

From the Guild's website: 
Membership of the 'Photographers Bar' is a unique distinction only 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 attracted over 16,000 entries in 2021 – all judged by an expert Panel of Judges each month. Points are allocated 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 exceedingly difficult to achieve - in fact only about 250 photographers have achieved it in the 7 years since its inception, during which time over 75,000 images will have been entered for assessment by photographers across the UK and from overseas.

Find out more about each month's images:

Gallery of Awarded Images:


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