Before Christmas I shared with you that I was in the running for two ‘Photographer of the Year’ awards with The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP); I was a finalist in two categories – ‘Avant Garde’ and ‘Bump to Baby’ photography.
The awards dinner was held at the weekend, as part of the SWPP’s annual international convention, and so I am thrilled to be able to now share with you my great news.
And the award goes to…[Drumroll please!] … “Jocelyn Conway of Photojos Photography”!
Yes, I won the Bump to Baby category and was named The SWPP’s ‘Bump to Baby Photographer of the Year 2015’! I still can’t believe it!
Against such strong competition and literally thousands of entries from professional maternity and baby photographers across the UK, my photograph of these gorgeous baby triplets was chosen as the best of them all.
This is a massive, massive win for me!
The judges said that my triplet portrait, which won me the award, was: “Beautifully lit, subtle colours, even skin tones, good composition, excellent use of the fabric with care and attention to detail with the difficulty of getting three babies to sleep at once. Well done!”
I came third in the ‘Avant Garde’ category, AND I was a finalist in the 20”x16” print competition as well – a triple win!
I had such an amazing time at the event this year and loved being able to celebrate with my family, colleagues and friends.
It was a fantastic, slightly surreal night. Suffice to say we celebrated until the early hours!
So, now it’s a few days since the award ceremony I’ve had time to reflect on what helped to make 2015 such an outstanding year for me and Photojos Photography.
Winning the Photographer of the Year title in the maternity, newborn and baby category, the most highly contested category of them all, I believe is testament to a number of things.
Firstly, with guidance from my wonderful mentor – the amazing Damian McGillicuddy (the world’s only Grand Master Double Bar photographer) – I continued to learn, experiment and develop my photography style.
Plus, quality was my number one priority.
I continued to work really hard to ensure that my fine-art style photography was the best it could possibly be. To me that means creating a portrait that is unique and beautiful and of the highest possible professional standard.
I strive to create pieces of art that my clients will proudly display on their walls at home and treasure for a lifetime.
So, after a wonderful award-winning weekend, I’d like to once again reiterate my grateful thanks to everyone who has supported me in the past year; to my wonderful family and friends, to Damian McGillicuddy, to the SWPP and the Jones family who organised this fantastic event, to the award judges who gave me such lovely feedback, and also to my clients – whom without none of this would have been achieved.
This time last year I was celebrating after winning ‘Pictorial and Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2014’.
To follow that up this year with a second Photographer of the Year title is just wonderful.
Now I’m raring to get stuck into 2016 and can’t wait to see what this year has in store!
Until next time,