This month appears to have been all about consistency - 9 Bronze Bars this month awarded by the Guild of Photographers.
More Kingfishers from my shoot earlier this year, plus evidence that we have been keeping in practice during the lock down, with a few self portraits from our small home studio.
Jason scored with his three landscapes taken in Anglesey back in September.
Which leaves my favourite of the batch, our own little Jack Russel happily posing on her own little doggie Chaise.
I am so happy to have achieved a highly commended from the Photographic Societies this month. My first with the Societies. This image of female Kingfisher was taken in February when I spend 11 hours sitting waiting for this little lady to appear for just under 10 minutes in total. Although achieving an image like this was well worth a wait in the cold.
Kingfishers eat mainly fish, but will also eat insects and tadpoles etc to top up their diet. Diving into the water to catch a fish the bird will stop on a nearby branch, where, it repeatedly strikes the fish against the perch to kill it. The Kingfisher then manoeuvres the fish around so it can swallow it whole. Each bird must eat at least its own bodyweight of fish each day.
This month was all about the Bronze. With all the Covid restrictions around travel and meeting up it has been difficult to keep up our our competition entries on track.
Both of us achieved bronze in different categories and were realty pleased with the results. Now off to check the back cataloges to see what we can submit next.....
Last month was Jason's first time entering The Societies monthly Competition.
He was hugely pleased to be awarded a 'Highly Commended' for his wedding day image '3 Men in a bath tub'.
This image was taken last summer at a wedding in Derbyshire. We knew the hotel venue has these fantastic rolled top batch tubs and the groom and his best men were happy to humour us to get the tub in the shot
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We were super happy to achieve 3 bronze awarded by the Guild of Photographers for our January entries to the Guild's IOM competition.
Jason's Lion was taken at Bristol Zoo Gardens in 2020. I had given Jason an 'keeper for a day' gift for his birthday which gave us a great excuse to spend plenty of time walking around, waiting to get the pictures we wanted. Although Jason was put to work by the keepers there, he managed to grab this shot during his lunch break.
My silhouette of 'Old John' at Bradgate park shows just how much light pollution there is around us. I set out late on a clear January night to capture the stars over Leicestershire - instead I captured this silhouette of the tower against the bright lights of Leicester City some 5 miles away. My other awarded image this month was some steps leading in to water at Skegness. As the water rose if made foamy patterns on the steps which are covered in in moss and algae from the endless tides. The Sea was coming in a lot quicker than I was expecting so I ended up with very wet feet by the time I went home.
The results were announced for The Guild of Photographers Image of the Year competition. Sadly no prize for Joanne this year.
However, being nominated out of over 16400 images submitted this year was a huge achievement in itself.
From all the entries across the year, the Guild’s Judges selected just 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 Joanne was 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, Joanne is.”
We are rebranding! We finally got around to updating our website and while we were at i we decided to update our image too, so welcome to Charnwood Photography. OK so a relaunch in the middle of a pandemic may not be the most logical thing to do, but, we are looking forward to a shiny new future following lock down and wanted to reflect that in our website.
We hope you will come along for the ride