Awards (A slideshow of award-winning and exhibited images is at the top of the page).
Awards and Competition Successes:
The Guild of Photographers Gold Bar (and in top four entries) and Silver Bar x 2 Jun 18
The Guild of Photographers Bronze Bars August 17, January 18 (x2), February 18, March 18, April 18 & May 18 (x2).
The Guild of Photographers Silver Bar May 2018.
Photo used on front cover of Creative Light Magazine June 2018.
The Guild of Photographers Silver Bar April 2018.
The Guild of Photographers Silver Bar March 2018.
The Guild of Photographers Silver Bar February 2018.
The Guild of Photographers Silver Bar August 2017.
Winner "Nature's Foragers" category of the Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards, 2015.
Three photos accepted to the 52nd Annual Exhibition of the Midland Counties Photographic Federation (MidPhot), 2015.
Shortlisted five times in the Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards, 2015.
Shortlisted four times in the Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards, 2014.
Runner Up, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Julian Gardner Awards, 2014.
Winner "World Flora" category, Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards, 2013.
Commended "Scottish Wildlife" category, Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards, 2013.
Shortlisted four times in Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards, 2013.
Shortlisted twice in the British Wildlife Photography Awards, 2013.
Winner, "Creative Visions of Nature" category, Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards, 2012.
Shortlisted three times in Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards, 2012.
Category finalist BBC Countryfile Photographic Competition, 2011.
Double finalist and runner-up Wildlife Extra UK Wildlife Competition, 2011.
The Guild of Photographers
The Guild of Photographers is a professional trade body of which I am proud to be a member. I have recently gained "Qualified Status" which is regarded as the equivalent of a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS), and will soon be working towards Craftsman status.
The Guild's business-based qualifications are 'live' qualifications, meaning members are subject to dip-sample at any time and qualifications (even memberships) can be removed from members should they are no longer delivering the required standards
No organisation offers greater reassurance than this when booking a photographer for a wedding or other important event. ALL Guild members that operate a business are pledged to the association's Code of Conduct. They must:
Behave in such a manner befitting their professional status and the reputation of The Guild.
Exercise professionalism, care and diligence in the discharge of duties for clients and an agreement to fulfil the obligations of any contracts agreed with them, other than subject to matters outside their control.
Have Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance once they have achieved 'Qualified' status or higher.
Qualified members are those who have evidenced their capability to deliver a good quality professional service to members of the public and are fully insured. This is seen as the level of acceptability one should expect from a professional photographer and is used as a benchmark when we are asked to act as an 'Expert Witness' and evaluate others work.
Every month The Guild runs an "Image of the Month" competition which involves members submitting images into the sections of their choice. The entries are then assessed by a number of highly experienced judges who grade them in accordance with international judging criteria, and the higher scoring images are given Bronze, Silver or Gold Bars, or maybe even the highly sought after Platinum Bar.
A Silver Bar: Images that are very well crafted (difficult to achieve).
A Bronze Bar: Images of a strong standard at a national competition level (something to be proud of).