I enter photography industry awards as often as I can. OK, I’ll come clean; I enter them when I remember to do so!
The awards I enter are not won based on the number of votes I receive. I’m known for not being a social media slave as I’d prefer to spend my time with my Clients and creating really cool images! And that’s why I don’t enter numbers based awards. To my mind they are great if you have a big social media following. But for me I want feedback from gurus in my industry.
Photographers of huge reputation and skill who judge work based on technical ability. This keeps me on my toes! Always striving to do better and better and better.
The IOM images are judged against an international judging criteria. This is pretty high level stuff and standards are high. Very high.
The higher scoring images are assessed by the panel to be either Bronze, Silver and Gold. Allegedly there is also a platinum level but who knows if this actually exists!
Wedding photography is very much in the moment so to achieve a Bronze is really quite something. To achieve a Silver… well a huge slice of cake is in order. And for a Gold… I think I would keel over!
If I have entered images from your wedding; thank you. Thank you for working with me and indulging my creativity. These winning awards are much yours as they are mine.
There’s a rather blunt phrase in the industry: “Shoot for show or shoot for dough”. I am in the latter camp as my photography is my world (and it pays the bills!). What this means is that my key focus is my clients rather than taking images that are going to win me awards. My focus is on you and you alone. Not taking you off for an hour to some look out point for drama. We can do that on a post wedding shoot (ask me about that!). I am 100% invested in creating images that are perfect for you and perfect for your wedding day.
So if I happen to have an opportunity to take award winning images at your wedding… thank you!