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Thoroughbred Wins Image of the Year

Award Winning Equine Image by Emma Campbell

Equine Photographer Emma Campbell has gained international recognition by winning The Guild of Professional Photographers, Image of the Year.

The photograph of Blakerigg, a racing thoroughbred, trained by Nicky Richards and owned by David and Nicky Robinson, took the highest accolade at a Virtual Awards ceremony on Saturday 6th February 2021.

The Guild received over 16,000 entries throughout last year from photographers in the UK, as well as overseas, competing in 16 different genres. Emma’s photograph, not only won the category of ‘Equine Photograph of the Year’, but the panel of judges also selected Blakerigg as their Overall 2020 ‘Image of the Year’.

Steven and Lesley Thirsk (Directors of the Guild) said – “We are both proud and delighted that Emma has achieved this recognition with her striking image. The Guild has very demanding standards when judging photographic competitions. The judging is undertaken by a panel of internationally recognised experts from a variety of photography backgrounds.  They felt Emma’s image portrayed a timeless capture, with incredible detail and showing so much of the character of the subject”.

On hearing the news Emma commented “I couldn’t quite believe it. You work all year to achieve ‘Equine Photograph of the Year’, competing against some of the best equine photographers in the country, so to win my category, was really very special. But to then go on and take overall ‘Image of the Year’, (judges category) was just crazy.

“The Guild is an amazing organisation that encourages development and skills within the Photography industry.  I feel very honored to have been awarded ‘Image of the Year.”

You can find out more about the Guild of Photographers please visit  www.photoguild.co.uk.