Around the 21st of each month you will see a lot of photographers getting twitchy and checking their emails as the 21st is the day the Image of the Month bars are awarded 🙂 Each month hundreds of entries are judged by a panel of experts from different areas of photography. Panel members include Simon Young http://www.gloucesterphotographer.com/, Kate Hopewell Smith http://www.katehopewellsmith.com/, Andrew Appleton (who is running the training course I am going on in Paris soon) http://www.andrewappleton.com/ and the owners and founders of the Guild of Photographers Steve and Lesley.
Each image is scored on both the technical and the creative storytelling including lighting, congruence, post production etc. Its a challenge I relish and it has helped improved my photography incredibly. Its also very tough to get a Silver or Gold bar, from thousands of images submitted often only 20 reach this level so I was overwhelmed to have received 4 Silver and 4 bronze bars this month. This is the most I have ever won and I think its a testament to the Guild itself and how they have inspired me to keep pushing myself harder. All 8 images are shown below. If you are interested in joining the Guild just visit here http://www.photoguild.co.uk/