I was shocked and thrilled to receive an email informing me that one of my images had reached the final of the Image of the Year with The Guild of Photographers for 2023. I was even more thrilled that it was a picture of a lovely Robin.
The Guild is a highly respected UK based association for photographers, which has members from overseas as well. Each year it runs an online monthly photographic competition, judged by internationally respected judges, with awards given to the best entries.
During 2023, the competition attracted c12,000 entries from the most talented of photographers.
It has recently been announced that from all the entries across the year, the Guild’s Judges have selected no more than 10 images in various genres to go forward to the annual Image of the Year Final. Those selected really are the best of the best, and an image by Bev Matthews is one of those selected as a Finalist!
Guild Director Lesley Thirsk said “One of the Guild’s aims is to drive standards and creativity amongst photographers. Our 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, Bev is.”
The winners of each category will be announced at The Guilds annual awards ceremony in February next year so watch this space!
The image of the Robin features in my 2024 Calendar which can be purchased in the Shop.