AWARD WINNING WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID CONWAY DISCUSSES HIS SUCCESS WITH THE 2020 GUILD OF PHOTOGRAPHERS COMPETITION
2020 Wedding Photographer of the Year: Runner Up & Urban Category Image of the Year: Runner Up
I was delighted to be awarded these beautiful trophies for my Wedding Photography and a Photograph of New York that I took just before the Pandemic struck in February 2020. Below I will explain what these awards mean and why I love to use the competitions in my growth and development as an Award winning wedding photographer.
The Guild Of Photographers IOM Competition
Since 2019 I have set myself goals in improving my photography, my understanding of what makes a good image and my techniques in achieving these. One avenue I have found incredibly useful for this, was to start entering my images in to competitions. For me, the competitions was not about competing with other photographers around the country and the world, but more about learning myself and seeing a progression in my abilities. The Guild Of Photographers is an esteemed society filled with some of the very best photographers in the UK and overseas. The standard of images their competitions receive are incredibly high. The judges for the competitions are world renowned and are all leaders in their respective fields. They judge the images to a very high standard. To win any awards with them is a real honour.
How The IOM Competition Works
Each month photographers are invited to enter up to three images per category in to the competition. There are quite a few different categories, and at the moment I have concentrated on Weddings, Wildlife and Urban Landscapes. Each image is scored by the judges, and if it obtains a high enough score is awarded either a bronze, Silver or Gold award (There is also a Platinum award, but I have not yet seen this be awarded in my three years at the Guild). Once your image is scored, you can request feedback on what you could have done to create a better image and therefore score higher, and this is where the ability to learn and grow comes in. Learning the things to look out for to elevate an image just means the next time I am shooting these thoughts are in my head and I can create an even better image for my couples, or in the case of the wildlife and landscapes, for my own personal growth.
How do the Annual Awards work?
At the end of each year, all the awards are added up and each photographer is given a score. The scoring is based on 7 points for a Gold award, 4 points for a Silver and 2 points for a Bronze. Once the scores are added up the photographers are ranked based on the totals and the awards are given out from these results. In 2019 I was delighted to have managed fifth place in the Wedding Photographer of the Year category. This year, I managed to come second in the Wedding Photographer of the year, as well as eighth in the Urban photographer of the year and also Tenth in the Overall Photographer of the year.
Individual Image Awards
As well as the Category awards, there were also awards given to the individual images of the year. In the Urban section of these awards, my landscape of New York came second. This was a real honour. In essence I had the second best Urban photograph from 2020, amongst the thousands of entries.
This year, hopefully we can get back o some normality. I have a lot of weddings lined up for 2021 and hopefully I can continue to develop and grow, creating new award winning images that my couples will love. I also intend to continue shooting for myself and entering wildlife and urban landscapes too. I’m incredibly lucky that the work I now do is also my passion and I am excited and the next year and the continued journey of improvement.
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