I’ve received a ‘Master of Photography’ award!
What I didn’t expect though, was that I’d be coming home with a ‘Master of Photography’ award!
The annual Societies Photographic Convention
The event is a five-day long conference packed full of seminars, talks, and photography competition judging.
And on the Saturday night, at the awards dinner, the work of photographers from around the world are celebrated, and the overall winners in the Societies’ photography competitions are announced.
I went along to the event as:
- a delegate (it’s always lovely to catch up with all my photography friends)
- a guest speaker (I led two really buzzing masterclasses)
- as an award nominee (I was up for a Photographer of the Year title)
- and, as a photography judge!
So, it was a busy five days in London, as I expected it to be!
Exciting international photography award news
So, back to the award.
Yes, I was thrilled to have received not only two ‘Merits’ as a result of coming within the Top 5 (out of thousands of entries) in two print categories -woo! But I also came third in the ‘Avant Garde Photographer of the Year’ category, AND received a ‘Master of Photography’ award!!
Master of Photography award
The Master of Photography award was a complete surprise.
For several years now, I’ve been an active member of The Societies (aka the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers). I’ve been a speaker at their events, led workshops at training events they have organised, and written articles for their photography magazine. And, since last year, have been a professional judge on their judging panel.
But I was absolutely thrilled on the night to have been given this special prize!
Recognising my contribution to the photography industry
The ‘Master of Photography’ award is only given to a very small handful of photographers. And, it’s an award reserved only for those who have already achieved their Fellowship with the Societies, as well. So, it’s a very great and rare honour indeed!
The ‘Fellowship’ is the highest level a professional photographer can achieve within the Societies (after ‘Licentiate’ and ‘Associate’ levels), so there’s just a small number of us who have it.
The Master of Photography award is the Societies’ way of rewarding the Fellow photographers who play an important role in the organisation.
It’s also one level up from the Fellowship title that I achieved only two years ago, so it’s very exciting to be winning such prestigious awards for my photography and my contribution to the photography industry!
Back to the studio and looking forward to the year ahead
So, after all that excitement, I’m exhausted but delighted with how it all went! And I’m already back into the flow, here at my studio.
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