Very proud to have come home to this email!!!
On behalf of the Guild of Photographers I am delighted to advise you that as a result of your consistently high standard entries into the Image of the Month Competition for the second year running you have reached the criteria for the 'Photographer's Bar - and furthermore you have done so in two genres'!
You may be interested to know that less than 100 photographers have achieved membership of the Bar in the 3 years since its inception which shows how difficult it is to achieve. To have done so twice is a rare achievement!
Below is a press release for your use ... please feel free to tweak it and either use it now or following receipt of your Award.
Once again, please accept our congratulations and we look forward to seeing you at the Awards Night!
Local photographer achieves national acclaim!
For the second year in succession, local photographer Sarah Wilkes has met the criteria to be a member of the 'Photographers Bar'.
Membership of the 'Photographers Bar' is a unique distinction awarded to those photographers who have successfully had images assessed by the Guild of Photographers over the course of a year and have attained a score that evidences an exceptional level of professional skill and consistency throughout that a full year.
The Guild of Photographers is a highly respected association for all photographers and it's competition attracts up to 1000 images for judging by an an expert Panel of Judges each month. Points are given to entries and these are then totalled at the end of the year. Those who reach the required threshold are then awarded membership of the 'Photographers Bar'.
That membership of the 'Photographers Bar' is a distinction that is very difficult to achieve - in fact less than 100 photographers have achieved it in the 3 years since its inception, during which time over 30,000 images will have been entered for assessment by photographers across the UK and from overseas.
Guild Director Lesley Thirsk said "I am delighted for Sarah as this is a great achievement! Submitting and having images assessed every month for a year and reaching the required standards to become a member of the Photographers Bar is very very demanding. It illustrates her commitment, skill and consistency. She should be very proud of what she has achieved!"