Last week I mentioned that the final rounds of The Societies (SWPP and BPPA) professional imaging competition had been marked and in the last few days the photographers nominated for the title of Photographer of the Year have been announced. I am still reeling from getting a nomination for the second year running, but I had more or less forgotten about the automatic re-evaluation process which is carried out in December of each year. There are two competition designations, Gold award and Highly Commended. Occasionally there will only be one or two points between these commendations and as such those images considered close to Gold standard are reappraised by an independent panel of Fellows. I am absolutely stunned to report that three of my Highly Commended winners have been upgraded to Gold Medal standard and shortly I’ll be receiving my beautiful gold embossed certificates for the following photographs (bringing the tally for 2012 to 11 Golds and 17 Highly Commended). Incidentally, to prove that you don’t need fancy big cameras to create award-winning pictures the bottom image on Brighton Pier was captured by my favourite compact camera, the Fujifilm X10.