20th January 2011

Sadly it wasn’t to be this year, however, I did finish as runner-up and had a wonderful evening at the Awards dinner.

I also entered the 20 x 16 print competition in the Wildlife category with an image of a Flower Beetle and was awarded the high score of 86. I understand that it was put forward for the Natural World Award and again was placed.

It was a wonderful experience and one that I hope to repeat again. So the aim for 2011 is to keep taking more wonderful pictures of the world around us and win it next year instead. icon smile Award Nomination Update

IN THE MEANTIME I’d like to thank everyone for their messages and text’s over the weekend and to the fan club heckling at the awards dinner, I can’t tell you how much it meant to me – THANK YOU ALL xxx

Michelle

12th December 2010

Michelle is a qualified member of the SINWP Society of International Nature & Wildlife Photographer.

Each month members may submit one image in each photographic category that is then judged by some of the worlds top qualified judges. Images that receive a Gold Award go forward to the annual judging with the winners announced at The Awards evening takes place in London at the annual Convention in January.

In August this year, Michelle achieved a Gold Award with one of her frog images in the Science & Nature Category. Earlier this week we received an email from Head Office informing us that the image has been nominated by the panel of judges for the award of Science & Nature Photographer of the Year. It will also be placed in the limited edition of ‘The Societies Collection’ book along with the other nominated images of which there are 3 in total for this category, all of which are eligible to win the title of Science & Nature Photographer of the Year.

Needless to say, Michelle is very excited at the prospect of winning such an award and can’t wait for January to get here.

We’ll publish the results as soon as they are known.

15th October 2010:

We are pleased to announce that on Friday 15th October 2010, John received notification that he was to be awarded the Distinction of Licentiate by the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers.

Below is the panel of images that gave John his success.

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4th June 2010:

We are pleased to report that on Friday 4th June 2010, Michelle travelled to Bath to visit the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and participate in the Distinctions Awards. A panel of macro images were submitted for assessment by a panel of 5 Fellowship members of the RPS. The panel was deemed a pass and Michelle was enrolled as a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society.

Images of the successful panel:

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21st March 2010:

This weekend we travelled to Leeds to meet some fellow photographers, participate in a little training in “Seeing the Light” and most importantly to raise some funds for  the charity Help for Heroes. As the parents of a serving soldier it is a charity that we feel passionately about and can only look on in admiration and applaud the good work that the charity has done and the amount it has raised in its very short history – £54 million in just over 3 years is very good going indeed. This weekend gave us the opportunity to add our little contribution; just over £1,500 was raised over the course of the weekend.

There is a possibility that another weekend will be arranged in or around the Swindon area sometime in October/November so watch this space for further details.

14th March 2010:

Mothers Day this year was all about the revving of engines, the petrol fumes and leather and the generosity and unselfishness of over 20,000 British Bikers who gave up their weekend to honour, salute and thank the townspeople of nearby Wootton Bassett for the way they support our Armed Forces and honour the fallen when they are repatriated at RAF Lyneham. Each biker paid a small “entrance fee” which was donated to the charity, Afghan Heroes. To say it was emotional for both the residents who turned out in force and the sight that greeted the bikers would be an understatement but it was hard to stand and applaud without a tear in the eye. As photographers we took our cameras to record part of the day and were inundated with requests for images which we sold at very reduced rates and passed the profits to Afghan Heroes. At the last count over £103,000 was raised as a result of one day – unbelievable!!