Newborn Photographer of the year 2020

I really enjoy entering competitions and going to all the photography conventions, for a couple of reasons carrying out training and meeting people within the industry.

 

In January of 2020 I decided to go to the Societies of Wedding and Portrait Photographers and enter into their 20×16 print competition.

 

I was hoping to get some really good feedback on my images and on ways to improve. They carry out live judging for two days covering a multiple of genres.

 

This year I entered into the creative portrait and the newborn category. I was unable to attend the live judging but one of my friends were able to attend and filmed it for me.

 

You are required to get a score of 80 to get a merit, this is not an easy score to be able to achieve and it is marked on a list of technical items.

 

My creative images was the first to go up which was scored at 78, however one of the judge’s contested the score. She gave her reasons why, then all the judges voted for a second time after they made the reasons why they scored how they did.

 

The new score came in at 80 which I was pleased with.

 

I attended the convention on the Thursday evening, I got up on Friday and went down to see all the other images that got through to the next round.

 

As I was walking around I saw that my newborn image had a second rosette on it saying finalist.

 

I was confused at the time and I was quite unsure why I had received the second rosette.

 

I found someone I knew that was on the judging panel and he explained to me.

 

Once all the images had been judged all the images that received a merit or higher would be re judged from scratch.

 

This meant that a different set of judges felt my image was at the standard to be nominated in the final.

 

The awards night come along and they get to the newborn category and I won 3rd place which is an awesome achievement, I was up on stage with one of the best newborn photographers in the world Kelly Brown.

 

3 days later I am still in shock on how well my image done and I am very pleased with the image.

 

Let me know what you think about this image in the comments below.

 

Thank you 

Gemma 

 

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