Imagine the scene if you will. There I was standing by the side of a very soggy football pitch on Sunday afternoon watching my son Seb & his team warm up for their big game when all of a sudden there was a ping from my phone. After kicking myself for not having left it on silent, which is what I normally try to do for such occasions, I then also failed to resist the urge to look at my phone to investigate further.
The first thing I spotted was ‘Congratulations from the Guild’. Now, my initial thought was that it was something to do with the other good news I had had only a couple of weeks previously, being notified that I have made it through as a finalist in the Guild of Photographer’s Image of the Year competition.
No, this was something completely different. To explain it here’s the full press release from Lesley Thirsk, Director of the Guild.
Local photographer achieves national acclaim!
Local photographer Alistair Jones has been granted honorary life membership of the ‘Photographers Bar’.
Membership of the ‘Photographers Bar’ is a unique distinction awarded to those photographers who have successfully had images assessed by the Guild of Photographers over the course of a year and have attained a score that evidences an exceptional level of professional skill and consistency throughout that a full year.
The Guild of Photographers is a highly respected association for all photographers and it’s competition attracts up to 1000 images for judging by an an expert Panel of Judges each month. Points are given to entries and these are then totaled at the end of the year. Those who reach the required threshold are then awarded membership of the ‘Photographers Bar’.
That membership of the ‘Photographers Bar’ is a distinction that is very difficult to achieve – in fact less than 100 photographers have achieved it in the 3 years since its inception, during which time over 30,000 images will have been entered for assessment by photographers across the UK and from overseas.
Guild Director Lesley Thirsk said “I am delighted for Alistair as this is a great achievement! Submitting and having images assessed every month for a year and reaching the required standards to become a member of the Photographers Bar is very very demanding. It illustrates his commitment, skill and consistency. He should be very proud of what he has achieved!”
Of course it will come as no surprise that I’m rather chuffed with this recognition. I think for me what is particularly pleasing is that I have achieved it with various pieces of work from the all the various genres of photography that I love – Weddings (both fine art and documentary), Lifestyle Portraits & Landscapes.
Below are some of the images that culminated in this very satisfying award.