Guild of Photographers

Local photographer Iain Poole has reached the finals of a major photography award. The Guild of Photographers holds an annual award ceremony, giving an award to the best photograph of the year.

Not only has Iain been entered into the finals with one image, but images in all three of the following categories:

  • Rural and Landscape
  • Creative and Digital
  • Avant-Garde Portraiture

Last year members were invited to enter photographs for a monthly competition ran by the Guild. Of around 1,200 monthly entries only twelve were entered into the finals. To have one photograph in the finals for this competition is an achievement, but to have three is outstanding.

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One of Iain’s three finalist photographs.

Photographs were judged by internationally respected judges, and the best of which were given awards.

“An incredible achievement”

Guild Director Lesley Thirsk said:

One of the Guild’s aims is to drive standards and creativity amongst photographers. Our monthly competition certainly does that, for the standard of the entries we see each month is quite staggering.

To have an image recognised by the Guild in the monthly competition is difficult enough, so to have an image selected as being one of the best in a category for the end of year Final is without doubt an incredible achievement, and shows just how talented photographer, Iain Poole is.

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Another of Iain’s Finalist photographs.

Iain, after receiving the news of reaching the finals, said:

I’m blown away to have not one but three images in this years Final, I have pushed myself very hard this year to achieve this, and I only hope my hard work pay’s off in February

I love photography and put a lot of effort into developing my skills. One way I do that is to enter the Guild’s competition. It drives forward photography standards month after month so it helps me push myself.

The images I see getting awards each month are inspirational, so knowing just how high those standards are, to have one of my images shortlisted for the overall Final from the many 1000’s submitted across whole year is really exciting. I couldn’t believe it when I found out.

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Iain’s third finalist entry in the annual awards.

Awards Night

Finalists of the prestigious Guild of Photographers awards will be attending an award ceremony. On the 3rd of February the Guild will hold an awards night at a Jacobean mansion in Cheshire. They will announce the winner of the competition during the lavish ceremony.

Congratulations to Iain on getting three entries into this year’s finals, and we look forward to seeing more of his work in the future!

To find out more about the Guild of Photographers you can visit their website.

Thanks again to Iain for letting us share his entries to the final. Please visit his website and Facebook page.