Award Winning Fine Art Photography West Sussex
I can’t believe it’s that time again. It seems like days since I was talking here on the blog about October’s round of The Societies competition. And here we are seeing the close of the contest for this year. The 11 monthly rounds have now been scrutinised, marked, scrutinised again, and the successful images awarded. That amounts to up to 2000 photographs submitted by professional photographers from around the world, each month. The winning images are afforded one of two designations – a coveted Gold Medal or HC if the photograph falls close to gold level (hence HC images will be reassessed within the next 10 days by an independent panel of judges who may upgrade some of them to Gold status).
Ultimately the Gold winning images from the year will be examined again in mid December and from this a small handful will be chosen as the final shortlist for the title of Photographer of the Year. This takes place at a huge and very impressive gala event in central London in January. I was privileged to win the title for my category in January 2012 (seen in my Press section) and was shortlisted again in 2013. It’s tempting to rest on one’s laurels but I would hate to do that, I like the way in which the competition constantly pushes me forward. It’s helped me to explore different genres (well beyond my daily remit as a portrait photographer) and has certainly helped to broaden my tastes and outlook. All of that has value, whether we end up winning a medal or not.
This month I entered four photographs and was delighted to be awarded with three HCs within the following categories: Monochrome, Fine Art, and Pet Portraiture. My portrait awards are drawn from my normal client photo shoots – striving to produce good work is a daily endeavour and not something I save for special outings.