Sarah Walton, a photographer based in Steeton, West Yorkshire has reached the Final of the fiercely contested Guild of Photographers Image of the Year Competition.
The Guild is a highly respected UK based association for photographers, which has members from overseas as well. Each year it runs an online monthly photographic competition, judged by internationally respected judges, with awards given to the best entries.
During 2021, the competition has attracted over c13,000 entries from the most talented of photographers.
It has recently been announced that from all the entries across the year, the Guild’s Judges have 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 Sarah Walton is 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, Sarah Walton is.”
Sarah said “Photography is my passion and my life. Not one to sit on the skills I’ve already learnt, or think I no longer need to develop, I push myself to expand my skills and create new ideas. One way I do that is by entering competitions, like the one with the Guild of Photographers, as it helps to drive photography standards forwards and push myself. The images I see getting awards each month are truly inspirational and I know how high the standards are, so, to have one of my images shortlisted for the overall Final of the year, from the many thousands of images submitted is amazing and really exciting! I couldn’t believe it when I found out!”
In December, highly regarded Judges gathered together from across the country to choose the overall winner.
The results will be announced in early February 2022.
To find out more about the Guild of Photographers and their competition visit their website (www.photoguild.co.uk)
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Sarah Walton Photography is based in Steeton, West Yorkshire, and specialises in Newborn and Maternity photography.