So, as many of the photographers who follow this blog are aware, I’m a member of The Societies which is a large body of photographers in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Each year I head to London for the week long convention and my primary concern whilst there is the seminars that I run. This year I held a seminar at The Business School on marketing, a masterclass and superclass on Wedding Photojournalism and a further superclass on marketing for wedding photographers.
I was really pleased to have three of my images awarded Merits in the 20×16 print competition. The images are below and Merits are awarded to images that receive an average score of 80 or above by a panel of five top judges from around the world. Pretty cool, I was happy with that. But things were to get even better still….
When the award dinner comes around it’s time to relax with friends, eat and watch the many awards unfold. During the year, some 13,000+ images are entered into the monthly competitions for which a final few are selected for each category. I had taken a photograph in Tokyo whilst there in September of the Tokyo Skyline from the Sky Tree. I’d entered it into the competition and, well, I was pretty much floored and flabbergasted when the image was awarded “Landscape Photograph of the Year”.
Now, technically, the title is “Landscape Photographer of the Year”, but I’m a believer that one photograph does not make you a photographer so I prefer to give this award the moniker of “Landscape Photograph of the Year”. There are many many more much more talented landscape photographers out there – I got lucky with one shot.
Hey, either way, I’m pleased and was kind of humbled and proud all at the same time when I went up on the stage to collect my award.
Happy New Year Everyone
The Award & Pictures
The Landscape Photograph of the Year 2013 Award:
The Winning Image: Tokyo Skyline, Shot with a Fuji X-M1 and XF23mm lens.
And a Merit for this portrait of my good friend Sanjay, shot with an X-M1 and 23mm lens also:
And finally, two other recent wedding photographs that were award