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Photographer’s Bar Distinction Award

Guild of Photographers - Photographer's Bar

On Saturday 6th February 2021 it was the Guild of Photographers annual awards evening. This obviously had to be virtual this year, but everyone still made a fantastic effort with dressing up and joining the Guild of Photographer’s Directors, Lesley and Steven, for a fantastic fun filled evening of celebration.

certificate for the guild of photographers photographers bar award

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have been awarded the Photographers Bar Distinction award for my Pet Pawtrait Packages. This means that I have maintained a consistent level of skill throughout the year within the image of the month competition, where I enter 3 images a month, for 10 out of the 12 months of the year, to be scored by a panel of judges.

Rottweiler puppy with paw in owners hand

Taken from the Guild’s website: “Membership of the ‘Photographers Bar’ is a unique distinction only 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.

ginger maine coon cat against beige background

The Guild of Photographers is a highly respected association for all photographers, and its competition attracted over 16,000 entries in 2020 – all judged by an expert Panel of Judges each month. Points are allocated to entries and these are then totalled at the end of the year. Those who reach the required threshold are then awarded membership of the ‘Photographers Bar’.

jack Russell sat between owners legs

Membership of the ‘Photographers Bar’ is a distinction that is exceedingly difficult to achieve – in fact only about 250 photographers have achieved it in the 7 years since its inception, during which time over 75,000 images will have been entered for assessment by photographers across the UK and from overseas.”

tortoise shell cat against flower background

This was my main photography goal for 2020, so I am over the moon to have achieved it! This year’s goal is to attain another silver award or few, and going for the gold! A few of my favourite pet images from 2020 that were judged and awarded can be found throughout this blog.

brown equine against studio backdrop

Julia Healey

Julia Healey is a passionate and skilled photographer based in York, North Yorkshire, specializing in wedding and pet portrait photography. Her style is characterized as fun, vibrant, and timeless, capturing the unique personalities and precious moments of her subjects. Julia's love for animals, especially cats, is reflected in her work, leading her to become a renowned 'Pet Pawtrait Photographer'. She holds the prestigious Master Craftsman qualification from the Guild of Professional Photographers, a title held by fewer than 50 photographers in the country, achieved with a panel of 20 cat images. Julia's work is not just a profession, but a way to treasure memories of beloved pets and special life events.

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