Hemel Hempstead photographer crowned Photographer of the Year 2014

I am incredibly excited to announce that this weekend I was named as the Children’s, family & Lifestyle Photographer of the Year, by the Guild of Professional Photographers.

The competition, which is a culmination of a years’ worth of competition, is hotly contested with over 10,000 images entered by photographers from all over the UK & Europe. Each month 3 images are entered and awarded bronze, Silver or Gold Bars.  My Gold Bar was the only one given out in 2014 in the Children's category and also was awarded Runner up in the Image of the Year Competition. Thank you to Lily for being such an amazing model!

Gold Bar Guild of Professional photographers

Says Steven Thirsk, Director of the Guild of Professional Photographers “To win the Photographer of the Year title, in such a hotly contested category, is an incredible achievement. Nina has presented creative, original and beautifully crafted images for an entire year, and we are proud and delighted to call her our winner”.

Some of my favourite Silver & Gold Bar images are shown below. These images were all taken in and around Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire in my favourite locations including Boxmoor, Gadebridge, Bunkers Lane and Verulium Park in St Albans.

Hemel Hempstead photographer Nina Mace

PPOTY LifestyleSt Albans photographer

To see all the winners, plus the winning Images of the Year, just visit here http://photoguild.co.uk/2014-awards

If you are an aspiring or new professional photographer, I could not recommend the Guild of Photographers more. They are an incredibly supportive organisation who encourage continuous growth in  your photography and business. I have completed training and bespoke mentoring and my goal for 2015 is to apply to be Crafstwoman - an achievement held by a very small number of incredible photographers who I would be honoured to feature amongst.

I am incredibly lucky to have made some wonderful friends on this photography journey, and was able to share success with Stephanie Belton, Sam Hayward, Mark Lynham, Martha Grieve and Sally Masson. Stephanie was actually the lady who started my photography journey when I didn't even know how to use my DSLR.

 

Top 2 photographers of the year

Photo courtesy of Rachel Foster Photography

 

The Guilds judging panel are one of the best around, and include Lesley Chalmers, Kevin Pengelly, Mark Seymour, Andrew Appleton, Karl Bratbury , Julie Oswin, Claire Elliott so if you want to be inspired take a look around their sites.

Finally, a huge thank you to those customers that have supported my business in the last 3 years. I have met some fantastic families and am lucky to be meeting with them year after year to document them as they grow.  I have also now trained over 100 Mums and Dads on my Beginners Photography Course for Parents and I hope to keep spreading my passion for photographing the everyday, aswell as having professional photographs (with Mum & Dad in!)  for our children to look back on.

Here's to an exciting 2015!!!

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Winning POTY images

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35 Comments

  1. Stephanie Belton

    Many congratulations Nina!! What a fantastic achievement, and beautiful work!

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    • Nina Mace

      Thank you Steph – right back at you 🙂 x

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  2. Sam Hayward

    Fantastic achievement Nina, very many congratulations. It has been an absolute pleasure sharing your journey with you, good luck for the future and all that brings for you.

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    • Nina Mace

      Thank you Sam and I am so proud of your amazing Image of the Year wins too! Make sure you post a link to your blog here when its done x

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  3. Liz Greenhalgh

    totally fantastic achievement. So proud of you. Amazing work

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    • Nina Mace

      Thank you Liz – its been brilliant working alongside you this year 🙂

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  4. Martha Grieve

    beautiful work, and so inspiring. Well done! Well deserved!

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    • Nina Mace

      Thank you Martha and well done on your amazing 4th Place in the Baby Photographer of the Year Category!! 🙂 x

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  5. Claire

    Well Done Nina. Very well deserved. You truly are incredibly talented. D’Arcey won’t smile for many but you always put her at ease. A family shoot is an exciting day for all in our household.

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    • Nina Mace

      Thank you Claire and thanks for letting me photograph your gorgeous kids!

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  6. Gwen Blake

    As the owner of a design agency, I comission photography all the time. But when it came to photographing my family, there was only one option – Nina Mace! Seriously, is there any kid or family that she isn’t capable of making look totally stunning?!? Not only is she an incredible photographer, but she has an amazing way of getting to best looks from kids too.

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  7. Stephen

    Congratulations Nina. You are a master of light and composition and truly earned this award.

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    • Nina Mace

      Coming from a fellow photographer I really appreciate that Stephen – team photoshoots in Sydney? 🙂

      Reply
  8. Andrea Whelan

    Nina, you are the most inspiring person I know! Your tenacious attitute this year, despite everything, means this win is truly deserved. I always thought you work was the best in the country and this just goes to prove it! Keep up the great work xx

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  9. Vicki Head

    Well done Nina on this thoroughly deserved award. I have no doubt you will achieve craftsman this year x

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  10. Mark Lynham

    Congratulations Nina and i have to say a very worthy winner. I have never met anyone with such constant passion, motivation and drive, you really are a true inspiration!

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  11. Neil Bowler

    A wonderful result for all your hard work Nina.

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    • Nina Mace

      Thank you Neil and for your help along the way 🙂

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  12. Jonathan Hilder

    Well done Nina inspirational images as always and great comments about the best photographic association in the UK. well done

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    • Nina Mace

      Thanks very much Jonathan – dreaming of booking a trip to Paris again!! 🙂

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  13. Clare Fennessy

    So well deserved, I have watched your journey from the start, your motivation, fantastic marketing skills and true determination have turned you into the amazing photographer you are. Proud friend.x

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  14. Kate hopwood

    I just want to say a huge congrats to you !! Nina you have taken pictures of my boys since you started which have always been fantastic and we still receive such amazing comments about the photos ! In addition to photos nina has kindly agreed to be my sister 40th bday present – a personal 1-1 session !!!! Thank you so so much xxxx

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    • Nina Mace

      Thanks Kate and looking forward to spending time with Sarah in Devon xx

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  15. Claire

    So completely well deserved! We have the best family photo’s in our collection thanks to you and more importantly, some very special moments captured that would otherwise be long forgotten. So thank you and congratulations x

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    • Nina Mace

      Thank you so much Claire xx

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  16. Kate Abbotson

    An award that was truly deserved. Never have I known someone with such passion for a job and for the amazing rapport that she builds with her clients. Over the years Nina has photographed my family and friends of my family and is continually a pleasure to work with. Well done Nina, I look forward to booking onto a photography course in 2015.

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    • Nina Mace

      Thank you BFF and for your support and loan of your children for photos over the last few years x

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  17. Lesley

    Congratulations! Beautiful work from a talented and generous photographer – you should be very proud, Nina 🙂

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    • Nina Mace

      Coming from you Lesley, that is a huge compliment thank you 🙂

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  18. Lynette

    Congratulations, how exciting, I love your work so well deserved xx

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