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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