Nominated for The Societies Pet Photographer of the Year
I can’t believe the speed with which this year has flown by. They say that does tend to happen as you get older. I can clearly remember January of this year when I took my place at The Societies Photographer of the Year celebration in London to receive my Animal Photographer of the Year Award. This featured a glittering evening of food, photography, and entertainment. And of course it was an evening amongst friends, people who I have come to know and greatly admire within the industry. It seems almost unbelievable that today I found out that once again I’ve been nominated for the title of Photographer of the Year, specifically for my fine art animal and pet portraits.
This is an accolade which means a great deal, considering how many amazing photographers have taken part in each round of the competition throughout 2012. November’s round alone saw about 1500 entries so it’s not difficult to add up how many thousands have taken part since January. I feel privileged that the Judges (who are drawn from a well-known and well-respected international panel of Fellows) have once again chosen my images. I think it may be something of a long shot to win two years in a row, but it’s the nomination that really matters - maximum of 4 photographers are nominated in each category.
I would encourage any serious or ambitious photographers to pursue the better-known industry awards and titles. This can be a fantastic way of boosting your profile and credibility. It also provides reassurance to clients that they’re dealing with a professional who strives to meet the highest standards of workmanship, skill, and presentation. The competition circuit is a little daunting and you do need something of a thick skin, but when you receive recognition for your efforts it can be a great confidence booster and it will inspire you to push yourself even harder.