Today I had the honour of being recommended for the award of a Licentiate Distinction from the Royal Photographic Society here in the UK. The distinctions bestow Licentiate, Associate and Fellow memberships on successful candidates and are recognised worldwide as setting the standard in photographic excellence.
The panel commented particularly on an ‘obvious affinity the photographer (me – anonymous at this stage) had with the landscape depicted in the images’. It was a real moment of affirmation for me, my love of Cornwall was coming through in my photographs, as judged by fellows of the Royal Photographic Society. It felt good!
I had some help in preparing for the distinction from an extraordinarily brilliant photographer, David Penprase. If you don’t know his work you can see it here and here. It has been such a privilege to work with David. He has stretched me, challenged me and generally given me such inspiration and focus I am so grateful to him for that. I also had the pleasure of working with another fellow of the RPS Anne Sutcliffe. You can see some of Anne’s work here. This is how the Royal Society works and why it is so worth considering membership. You get the opportunity to work with such fabulous photographers
The agony of preparation, the difficult decisions concerning what to include in the panel, what to leave out. The nervous wait for one’s panel to be put up before the judges is definitely worth the genuine pleasure of gaining the recommendation and receiving that recognition.
The following image was singled out as really setting the standard. My panel is now on loan to the RPS. I was asked if my photographs could be used at the Society’s assessment days where prospective distinction candidates can gain expert advice on their work and the process. I was naturally very honoured. I leave you with what is certainly one of the best photographs I feel I’ve ever taken along with my panel hanging plan and a picture of the judges looking at my work..