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May 2021 – Amateur Photographer of the Year Round 2 – Natural World
Amazing news …. I only went and won it !!!!!!   Check my APOY blog for more information about each round.


February 2021 – The Guild of Photographers Awards Evening

This years award evening was an on-line event due to Covid restrictions, but it was still a fabulous evening with lots of fun and banter. I was thrilled to have two images in the final for the Image of the Year and absolutely chuffed to bits to be the overall Runner Up Photographer of the Year, in the Natural World category.



Portraits of Togetherness

I was delighted to be involved with the Portraits of Togetherness initiative in association with the Guild of Photographers. The aim was for the general public to nominate anyone who they thought had gone above and beyond in supporting others during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of my colleagues offered studio portrait sessions to those who were successfully nominated, but as a wildlife photographer I chose to offer gift sets as a token of thanks, comprising of greeting cards and a few extra little treats. I chose the robin images for the cards as these were taken in my back garden during lockdown, so I felt they were rather significant. 




FEBRUARY 2020 – The Guild of Photographers Award Evening

What a fabulous weekend. I was highly honoured to be asked to give a presentation on my Fox Project. I loved every minute of it and to have such fabulous feedback from fellow Guild members made me feel so proud.

For the second year running I received The Photographers Bar and was delighted to be an Image of the Year finalist. Overall I finished 3rd in the Natural World category  – absolutely delighted and super chuffed!! 




FEBRUARY 2019 – The Guild of Photographers Annual Awards Evening

What a weekend – Absolutely thrilled to be awarded The Photographers Bar.  This is a unique distinction awarded to those who have demonstrated consistency, submitting strong images throughout the year and judged in accordance with national scoring criteria. Membership of the Photographer’s Bar is a distinction that is difficult to achieve and considered to be quite exclusive. I am very proud to achieve this in my fist year in The Guild. 

Certificate presented by Lesley Thirsk, Guild Director. Photo courtesy of Rachael Foster Photography.

I was also very honoured to be listed in the International Top Twenty Photographers in the ‘Open’ category. 

Certificate presented by Steven Thirsk, Guild Director. Photo courtesy of Rachael Foster Photography.



DECEMBER 2018 – Calendar Sales in aid of East Dorset & New Forest MNDA

I’ve never got into the calendar ‘game’ before but this year I decided to give it a go to support a good friend, and raise much needed funds for the local Motor Neurone Disease Association. I was absolutely thrilled to hand over the grand total of £800 – so very proud and truly grateful to all those who bought a calendar, helped to sell them and those who donated extra cash to a very worthy cause. 


NOVEMBER 2018 – More great news from the Guild of Photographers

I joined the Guild last year just after the Awards evening and I can remember everyone absolutely buzzing about what a fantastic evening it was. I’ll be putting my ‘glad rags’ on and joining everyone in February and I’m absolutely thrilled that one of my images has made it to the final in the Birds category.


NOVEMBER 2018 – Fantastic news from the Guild of Photographers 

Really proud to receive an email saying that my three fox images have made it to the final of the Founders Cup



NOVEMBER 2018 – The British Photography Awards

Although it wasn’t selected to go any further I was absolutely delighted to have this image shortlisted in the British Photography Awards in the Water life category. 


MAY 2018 – A rather nice feature in Xclusive Photo Mag




Having joined the Guild of Photographers at the beginning of the month I decided to ‘jump int with two feet’ and apply for Qualified Status.  This involved submitting a panel of 21 images, all taken within the previous 24 months.  Although not really advisable, at this level in the genre of wildlife it’s acceptable to submit 21 unrelated images, however, I chose to submit three images from seven different shoots. 

The Guild states that Qualified Status indicates professional ‘competence’ to a level where the Guild is willing to recognise the photographer as an ambassador of the association , so those who achieve that level should be proud of doing so.

I was absolutely over the moon to hear, a few weeks after submitting my panel, that the judges had passed it and I am now a very proud Qualified member of the Guild of Photographers.