It’s been four long years since I have entered a photography competition. TBH (to be honest, if you’re over 40), I’m rubbish! I struggle with the selection of images, then I struggle with the IT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH curse and finally I hate not coming away with a win… This year I decided I’d be more proactive on the competition front and for starters I’d enter the MPA North East Region awards (The Master Photographers Association (MPA) is THE qualifying body for professional photographers). For the North East regions awards I decided that I’d use social media to help me with my selection (that means you, if you like or view my stuff). So I went through my recent posts on all platforms (including views on Instagram stories) and gathered a mix of portrait and wedding images that had the most likes and views. With my collection complete I sent them via the internet to North East MPA headquarters and waited for judgement night.
I’m aware as a professional photographer that judges of these competitions are looking for more than emotive images that parents love, the judges are looking at great lighting, hand positions, composition and overall image quality. The outcome of this little social experiment is that a great image is a great image. The judge awarded me a number of awards of excellence and the overall winner of DOCUMENTARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR for the North East Region 2018. So I’d like to buy you all a drink (obv a joke that I threw in to make sure you’re still reading) and I thank you for your continued support of OUR (mine & Lynn’s) little photography business on Norton High Street. If you’ve not been in for a while, maybe it’s time you had some new family or children’s portraits taken.