• Vicky Norton

Yes I Did It! - Achieved The Photographers Bar That Is

You may be wondering what on earth the Photographers Bar is.

To explain I will start at the beginning. Every month The Guild Of Photographers run a monthly competition called Image of The Month this is where you enter images to be judged by a panel of extremely experienced and respected photographers. You may have seen me post on social media and sharing my results every 21st of the month.

Images are then classified and points received according to whats awarded they are: Ungraded 0 points, Classified 0 points (very good images but not competition level) Bronze 2 points, Silver 4 points, Gold 7 points and Platinum 10 points (no one has achieved that award yet!).

If you wish to try for the Bar at the end of the year then you have to enter at least 3 images in the same category over a minimum of eight months of the ten month the competition runs for, I chose the Open category for my first try.

To achieve and become a member of The Photographers Bar you then have to achieve a minimum of 24 points. So when the final results for Image of the Month came out on the 21st November 2018 I did my final calculations and I added up my points, I made it 36 in total.

But I refused to believe it until I attended the awards night on the 2nd February 2019 at Crewe Hall, Cheshire. I sat and waited nervously as the winners of the Bar were read out and everyone who had achieved it we called up to collect their certificate and badge, it was coming to the end of the list, I started to worry I had got it very wrong, it was such a relief when my name was read out I can tell you.

Achieving the bar what does it mean?

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 full year.

The Guild of Photographers is a highly respected association for all photographers and its competition attracts up to 1500 images for judging by 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'.

Membership of the 'Photographers Bar' is a distinction that is very difficult to achieve - in fact less than 200 photographers have achieved it in the 5 years since its inception, during which time almost 60,000 images will have been entered for assessment by photographers across the UK and from overseas.

Guild Director Lesley Thirsk said "I am delighted for Vicky 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 demanding. It illustrates her commitment, skill and consistency. Vicky should be very proud of what she has achieved"

Now to see what I can do in 2019!

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Being awarded the Photographers Bar for 2018 - Photo taken by: Rachael Foster Photography

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