The Guild of Photographer Awards 2018

It was only a few months back I received an email confirming that 2 of my images had made the final of The Guild of Photographers image of the year .... and I just couldn't believe it (scroll down for these images)! What a huge honour and accomplishment after getting fully immersed in the competitions only a year ago and gaining my qualification a few months ago.

As Saturday finally arrived, the day of the ceremony, I packed my bags the night before and met my friend and travel buddy Lea super early. We hit the road at 6am headed for Stoke. Now, the reason for the early rise was for a slight detour - to fix Lea's car whilst up there! With a broken heater Lea had warned me to wrap up warm!

The journey flew past with our non stop chat and we arrived to Crewe Hall early. As we took a look around it was incredible! Once a home to royal residents, I just couldn't believe that I was getting to stay here!

Anyway, fast forward to the most important part - as the evening approached we headed down to the bar and met with everyone in their finery. A 3 course meal was served and the drinks were flowing. Then the awards began. As mentioned before, I was awarded with 2 images in the finals of the Rural & Landscape category. I didn't expect to win anything and just blew my mind that I got in the finals on my first year! What I did win though, was the Photographers Bar.

Being presented with my award!

Photo Credit: Rachael Foster Photography

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 1300 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 4 years since its inception, during which time over 45,000 images will have been entered for assessment by photographers across the UK and from overseas.

I now am able to use not only my qualified status, but membership of the bar too!

Once the awards were over it was onto my buddy Lea Martin to open the party with a song, and a suprise with a duet with Peter Morgan - they were amazing together! After that you couldn't keep me off the dancefloor!

Photo credit: Samantha Jayne Photography

I met so many inspirational photographers and friends that evening. The top of my list was Lesley and Steve, directors of the Guild. Such wonderfully supportive people and boy do they know how to put on a party! Plus I got to party with my good friend Lea of course!

Photo Credit: Rachael Foster Photography

Throughout my photographic journey to date, there has been the odd person along the way who has shown negativity which is probably through jealousy but they soon get forgotten as you realise their insignificance, overall I'm overwhelmed with the support I receive from many avenues all around me and I appreciate it massively! I'm forever thankful and feel totally blessed for the fact I'm involved in such a great industry and I have found something I have

such drive and passion for. Something I rate very

highly indeed is remembering the importance

of gratitude to those around me and the entire universe!

The hard work and dedication are paying off with

moments like this and I couldn't be happier.

Thank you one and all for following and enjoying my

work, not to mention reading the waffle I write!

Here's to more exciting times ahead!

Emily x

My images that made the finals:

Photo Credits to me! :)

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