In the past year I have been entering The Guild of Photographers' Image of the Month competition with my maternity, newborn and baby photos. Over the months some of the images were awarded Bronze and Silver Bars.
A few weeks ago I received and email from the Guild:
On behalf of the Guild of Photographers I am delighted to advise you that as a result of your consistently high standard entries into the Image of the Month Competition you have earned the right to honorary life membership of the 'Photographer's Bar'!
Less than 100 photographers have achieved this in the 3 years since its inception so you are now part of a very distinguished group.
We hope that you are attending the Guild's Awards night on 6th February so we have the privilege of presenting you your well-deserved certification in person.
It is also fair to say that having achieved this you must have one of the higher scores in the Guild's Photographer of the Year Title Chase, and therefore you are a contender to become one of our 'Top 10' photographers in Newborn and Baby category. Who has actually achieved this will be revealed at the Awards Night with the relevant certificates and trophies being presented to those people. It would be great if you could join us!
Once again, please accept our congratulations and good luck in the 2016 competition!'
Unfortunately I could not attend the Awards Night, but on the night of the Awards The Guild provided a running commentary from the event, and I was delighted to find myself in a company of the most talented Newborn and Baby photographers in the country!
Today I received my Certificate, and it tells me that in fact I came 5th! Such a wonderful surprise! I was not expecting this!