Most mornings when I open the mail it’s either bills 😦 junk mail 😦 😦 or some other meaningless piece of paper that either ends up in the bin, or worse, left unopened.
Today though was a different matter!
In the mail today I received a certificate from The Societies.
The Societies are the fastest growing worldwide association for professional photographers. They manage eight internationally recognised photographic organisations focusing on prime services to full time and aspiring full time photographers
Each month they run competitions under each of their organisations, I myself belong to the SINWP and the SWPP (Society of International Nature & Wildlife Photographers & Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers)
The standard of these competitions is very high as the entries each month come from photographers from all over the world. Each entry is ranked as follows:
Gold: Awards will go forward to the annual judging and are deemed to be images of the highest standard and will be published in Professional Imagemaker
Highly Commended: Above standard. These images will be reviewed every three months and have the potential of being reclassified as Gold.
Not Awarded: Unfortunately these images fall below the standard required to be given an award.
Disqualified: These images have not adhered to the competition rules or category definitions.
The annual judging takes place at a hotel in London in January where the winner of each category is crowned Photographer of the Year and wins a nice trophy.
So I was happy today.
The image is of a common Buzzard in flight and posted below – along with the certificate 🙂
Best – Colin