Over the week end I was absolutely delighted to discover that I had won The Guild of Photographers Documentary Wedding Photographer of the Year Award 2014. It seems so long ago that I submitted the winning image, sometime last February/March! Having only joined the Guild in January 2014 I sent the image in hope more than expectation and had promptly forgotten about it until hearing that it had been awarded a silver bar in the monthly image competition, after which it was nominated as an image of the year in the wedding category. On Saturday night it went on to win the Documentary Wedding title. The images were printed by the Guild for judging purposes, a process took place on Saturday afternoon in front of a live audience. To think there were in excess of 10,000 entries overall!
It has been a pleasure to belong to the Guild over the past 12 months, it is a rapidly growing and expanding organisation which has kept it friendly, personal approach. Plenty of organisations say they are approachable but the Guild really is; Lesley was such a help at the outset with little things such as my images not uploading to the competition site and was so patient! http://photoguild.co.uk
The Guild also have a link to their Facebook page which can be found here https://www.facebook.com/The.Guild.of.Photographers
So all in all a top week!
The winning image is the last in the series below but I thought it might be fun to add in some other images from this wedding so you can take on board the enormity of the appalling, inclement weather conditions- this was June after all!
My thanks to Pip, a wonderful bride who took the weather on the chin, didn’t stress about it and enjoyed her wedding day enormously..Below is part of her email to me yesterday,
“I just wanted to say a huge congratulations on your brilliant award! Thrilled for you and I am sure a very exciting time!
I would never have thought when I drove to the church that day in all that rain there would be anything other than a drowned rat arriving!
We are both delighted for you… Pip”
The following link will take you to my page on the Guild of Photographers web site http://photoguild.co.uk/member/suzymitchell