I have been a member of the Guild of Photographers for a few years now but only late last year started entering their "image of the month" competition.
Each image is judged independently by a panel of judges and given scores out of 100. This is the scoring system used …
59 or below .. Images that fail to meet the above levels. Feedback will be given.
60 – 69 .. Images that evidence competition potential at a professional level, where it is felt the photographer would benefit from feedback to assist with future submissions.
70 .. THE BAR – Images of an acceptable professional standard (Of Merit).
71 – 74 .. Images of a strong standard at a professional level (A Bronze Bar) - something to be proud of
75 – 79 .. Images that are very well crafted at a professional level (A Silver Bar) - difficult to achieve
80 – 84 .. Images of particular distinction at a professional level (A Gold Bar) - very rare
85 plus .. Images of exceptional or outstanding quality (A Platinum Bar) – only awarded to the ultimate of images
I am pleased to say that every entry I made has been awarded a Bronze award .. "something to be proud of" .. which I am, immensely proud.
It is always hard to decide which image to enter, photography is after all very subjective. In December I decided to go with a bit of a wild card entry! When the email came through on the 21st December with the results, I was totally gobsmacked, I had received 1 bronze, 1 silver and A GOLD!!! my wild card paid off!
Here are my Bronze winners …
My Silver Award winning image …
and here it is … my GOLD Award winning image …
Information about the Guild of Photographers can be found here - http://www.photoguild.co.uk