Photographer of the Year – International Recognition for Local Photographer (Awards 2020)

International Recognition for Local Photographer

Local Photographer, Debbie Longmore, has gained international recognition by winning three significant awards with the Guild of (Professional) Photographers.

The Guild is the highly regarded national photographic body whose members are dedicated to enhancing their skills in the art, craft and profession of photography.

The Guild received over 16,000 entries to its Image of the Month Competition during 2020, from both photographers in the UK, as well as overseas! Each image is scored, and the scores from the year are then totalled to determine who wins one of the Guild’s Top 10 Photographer awards / becomes the Guild’s Photographer of the Year. This is clearly a very demanding year long process!

Debbie was honoured to become:

  • Runner-Up Photographer of the Year in the Maternity, Newborn and Baby genre
  • Winning Photographer of the Year in the Portrait genre
  • All Round Photographer of the Year Winner

THE ‘ALL-ROUND PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR’ TITLE IS AWARDED TO THE PERSON WITH THE HIGHEST COMBINED SCORE FROM ANY 8 MONTHS OF THE YEAR (OR LESS) IN ANY TWO GENRES

A remarkable achievement when one considers the number and standard of the entries.

The Awards were announced at a Virtual Awards ceremony, due to covid, on Saturday 6th February 2021

Steven and Lesley Thirsk (Directors of the Guild) said – “they were both proud and delighted that Debbie has achieved this recognition after 12 months of submitting the highest quality images. 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 photographic backgrounds, so Debbie quite rightly should be delighted with their extraordinary achievement”

Debbie also had 6 of her images selected as finalists for Image of the Year (shown below) and received 3 photographers Bars, bringing her total up to 14 (only 6 photographers have reached the Gold Bar of 10 Bars).

Members of the Guild are committed to achieving the highest standards of professionalism and to a journey of continuing professional development.

Debbie celebrated her virtual awards night with her two children, Tom and Eva.  They went out Guild Awards style and dressed up, made a three course meal and even had a little disco

You can find out more about the Guild of Photographers at its website www.photoguild.co.uk, and more about Debbie at her website www.deborahlongmorephotography.com

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