I have been a member of The Guild of photographer’s for a couple of years. They are an excellent organisation which do some amazing training and mentoring for photographer’s of all standards. They support you every step of the way and have helped me develop in a number of directions. One thing they do is an ‘Image of the Month’ competition which up to now I haven’t entered. This year I have decided to give it a go. The challenge is in two parts. Firstly, to take it seriously and enter every month and secondly to get a result over a bronze. The competition is hard and it isn’t for the faint hearted.
THE SCORING PROCESS
Entries are assessed by very experienced Judges in accordance with national competition judging criteria and graded as follows –
Guild’s Photographer awards
A Platinum Bar .. Images of exceptional or outstanding quality (only awarded to the ultimate of images)
A Gold Bar .. Images of particular distinction (very rare)
A Silver Bar .. Images that are very well crafted (difficult to achieve)
A Bronze Bar .. Images of a strong standard at a national competition level (something to be proud of)
Classified .. Images of a standard worthy of acknowledgement relevant to the genre entered but which are not deemed award winning at national competition level. In many cases it is possible that with one or two small tweaks these images could have scored even higher, so feedback could be of value.
Not scored .. Images that do not reach our ‘Classified’ level score will not be given a grade.
In my first month in the competition I have received a Silver and two bronzes. I have been on cloud nine ever since the results came out. I just have the small task of doing this for another 7 months to receive the final result – The photographers Bar. More on that to come in another month.
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