& TOP TEN INTERNATIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER 2020
How do you stand out above the other photographers?
Over the last few years, the phrase award-winning photographer is becoming more and more used. That’s no bad thing really, everyone who produces award winning images should be recognised for it, but if there’s so many, then how do you stand out from the crowd? One of the ways I thought I could do this was by getting involved in The Guild of Photographers Image of the Month competition and setting targets for achieving ‘The Bar’.
When you enter the Image of the Month competition you can enter images across a variety of categories such as Weddings, Newborns, The Natural World etc. The Bar can be achieved in any of these categories by scoring 24 points or more in that category. Points are awarded for each image you enter, but to achieve The Bar you need to achieve the equivalent of a bronze award for every single image entered over an 8 month period – the rules are a bit more complex than that, but that’s it in a nutshell.
2020 was a difficult year for a lot of photographers, especially with most photography work being non-existent for the year, good job I had some stored up in my back-catalogue!
In February I’d usually make the annual pilgrimage to Crewe Hall for The Guild of Photographers awards, obviously Covid had different ideas for 2021 and the event had to be held virtually. All things considered It was still a great night, with a few familiar faces, but also some outstanding new talent too.
As the awards were announced it got to The Bar awards and I was one of only a handful of people to achieve The Bar in three categories – Weddings, The Natural World (landscapes and wildlife mainly) and the Open category (anything that doesn’t fit in the other categories!). I’m very proud to have won awards consistently all year that have them amounted to the required amounts to achieve The Bar in all three categories. As I have entered in previous years this was not my first set of Bar Awards and as I have now achieved more than 5 Bar Awards I also received The Silver Bar.
In addition to this, I was also confirmed as one of the Top Ten International Wedding Photographers.
Read more about my ‘Top Ten International Wedding Photographer’ Award here.
2021 is looking likely to be another difficult year for us photographers, but hopefully we’re all heading for bigger and better things – I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into shooting again this year and aiming for more awards!
If you're interested in joining the guild read more about it here and use my discount link to save 10%!
Nigel Hepplewhite - Owner and operator of Inspire an Image Photography - ambitious North East based photographer.