Each month I subject myself to photography pain! It’s a crazy thing, but I submit a minimum of 3 photographs anonymously to a selection of International judges, from the Guild of Photographers.

Every image has to be perfect and I follow a strict criteria based around the facts that ‘photography is a combination of art and science’!


What are the Guild of Photographers Judges looking for?

Here’s a list of a few things I need to bare in mind when submitting to the judges…


  1. Impact – What does the image tell me, on initially viewing it.
  2. Presentation – Does the image have a finished look?
  3. Technical Excellence – The judges will consider the quality of the image on its own, as presented for viewing.
  4. Lighting – Have I shown experience in the control of light? Have I used it effectively to enhance an image and the purpose of the image.
  5. Creativity – Does the image look original and fresh?
  6. Story Telling – Does it evoke imagination?
  7. Subject Matter – This should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.
  8. Colour Balance – How have I effectively use colours and tones in an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance harmony.
  9. Composition – Central to the design of an image and should bring all the visual elements together.
  10. Style – Do I have a particular style? It is really hard for many photographers starting out to achieve, as this is something that develops with you over time.

Why the pain?

It can take up to 3 hours to get one photograph perfect! Crazy isn’t it. And you’re never too sure if the effort put in, will provide you with a great result at the end. We have to submit our work before midnight at the end of each month and then wait nervously for 21 days, until we get the results! But when you see you’ve got 6 bronzes in one month, out of 6 images submitted, it really makes it all worth while!

So why do I do it?

Each image I work on, following the judges’ criteria, I learn more and become a better photographer.   

To achieve a bronze is a great result and shows consistency in my work – I now need to step this up a bit, and go for silvers. I only got one elusive silver last year, time to work a little bit harder!