Professional Imagemaker February/March 2017 now available online

Darrin Zammit Lupi Photographer of the Year

The February/March 2017 issue of Professional Imagemaker magazine is now available online.

The 140 page issue is filled full of tutorials for photographers from drones, to landscapes, photo gadgets and reviews.

The cover picture is by Darrin Zammit Lupi – The Societies Photographer of the Year 2016

You can subscribe to Professional Imagemaker magazine for just £30 a year, it is also available on iOS devices through the Apple Newsstand and a Digital Edition is available to view on your computer, and HTML5 enabled smartphones and tablets.

For more information on this photographic magazine check out the following website:
http://professionalimagemaker.thesocieties.net

The Societies’ Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Results Announced

POTY

The Societies of Photographers are pleased to announce the twenty six category winners and the overall winner of their 2016 Photographer  of the Year Awards.

The competition is a truly international success with 10,468 entrants from all four corners of the globe entering via monthly categories from nature, architectural, landscapes, sport, monochrome…to all styles of wedding and portraiture.

Darrin Zammit Lupi from Malta was awarded the coveted Photographer of the Year by The Societies during the Awards Dinner at their annual Convention and London Photo Show. Over four hundred guests were present at the Awards Dinner in London Saturday January 14.

The judges commented, “This image captures geometry combined with a definitive moment. The gentleman in the hat is a wonderful focal point.”

In addition to receiving his trophy Darrin also walked away with a Fujifilm XT2 Camera with XF518-55mm Lens and a fully paid ticket to the WPPI Convention in Las Vegas with a flight and 5 nights Accommodation to the value of £3,200.00.

Darrin says “A night I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Awarded 1st Place Overall Photographer of the Year 2016, as well as Street Photographer of the Year, at The Societies for Photographers in London .”

He continues “The photo which clinched it was taken a few months ago at the entrance to Valletta”

For full details on The Societies’ Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 please check out the website: http://thesocieties.net/image_competition-2016/poty/

The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2016 – Judging Complete

The final judging of the year to find The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2016 has now been competed.

The 26 category winners were chosen from all the Gold Awards and Highly Commended Upgrades from 2016. After this all the category winners were put forward to The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2016 Award.

This year we have seen a bumper crop of images and the judges have assessed 10,468 images that have been entered in to the Monthly Image Competition.

The category winners and The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2016 will be announced at the Awards Dinner during the 2017 London Photo Convention.

We would like to take this time to thank all the members that have submitted images over the course of the year and to all our judges who have given their time.

EizoA big thanks also goes to Eizo for supplying a ColorEdge monitor, to make sure the images were assessed on a fully colour managed and high-quality screen.

Good luck to all the entrants and we look forward to seeing you all at the Awards Dinner.

Judging

The Societies Announce Advertising and Commercial 2014 Photographer of the Year Award Winner

George Fairbairn
Above: George Fairbairn’s Award Winning Photograph and George Fairbairn FSWPP receiving his award from Colin Jones The Societies’ Company Director.

The Societies have awarded noted advertising and commercial photographer George Fairbairn FSWPP the Advertising and Commercial Photographer of the Year award for 2014. The Societies is Europe’s largest all-welcome photographic association; their annual competition receives submissions from around the globe.

This year’s competition was one of the strongest and toughest in recent years. Over 12,500 images were entered into the competitions from many of the biggest names in the business and were judged by 35 of the industry’s most well-known and distinguished names.

George Fairbairn’s nomination was for an image taken for London based children’s adventure parks Kidspace. It was the flagship image for their above the line campaigns on both print and online marketing.

George said, “Creating this image was tremendously fulfilling and really nailed the client’s brief.  A lot of work went into this image because it’s a composite image consisting of 12 different images shot both in studio and on location. The images were later combined using Adobe Photoshop to create the finished picture.”

The Photographer of the Year Awards 2014 were presented in a range of categories including Advertising, Portraiture, Landscape, Media and Documentary.

On winning the award George stated, “This was truly an unexpected honour. To be selected as the winner amongst entries from some of the world’s best photographers is very humbling.  To win for an image that I put so much of my heart and soul into makes it even more special.”

The judges’ comments were “This image has great impact.  The subjects are having fun, which depicts the excitement to be had at the venue.”

For more information George Fairbairn Photography please see his website at: www.gfphoto.co.uk.

Bill Abernethy Nominated for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2014

Bill AbernethyBill Abernethy has been shortlisted for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2014. The Societies is Europe’s largest all-welcome association for the serious photographer.

Going up against some of the worlds most renowned photographers, Bill Abernethy will compete for the prestigious award of Architectural Photographer of the Year and The Societies’ Photographer of the Year, with the winner being revealed at The Societies’ 2015 Convention Awards Dinner held on 17 January 2015 in London.

Over 12,500 images were entered in to the competition and photographers from all around the globe have been putting forward their images making this a truly international competition.

Phil Jones The Societies’ CEO says, “This year we have seen a fantastic range of images and the standard has been very high. The finalist represent some of the finest images entered in to the competition and have competed against some of the world’s best photographers. Congratulations to all our finalists.”

Bill says, “The image is of Victoria Square, Belfast, and it is one of those buildings that no matter how often you see it, the temptation is to photograph it. It is so futuristic looking, and many people think it resembles a space ship. It has become one of those iconic, and most photographed landmarks in Belfast. The thought behind the shot is to emphasise the unique architectural nature of this structure, and the impression it gives of a space ship, ready to be boarded for take off. I feel it does resemble something you might expect to see at NASA. The angle on the shot is deliberate, to add to the drama, and this is added to by the image being in black and white. It was taken at night, which makes the reflected lights on the dome look like stars. ”

He continues, “Once again I am proud and honoured to be nominated for this prestigious award for the second time in three years. Considering how international the entries are, I feel privileged to be representing Newtownabbey, and Northern Ireland generally. In my photography I make every effort to promote Northern Ireland. Being a member of ‘The Societies’ has been the most rewarding part of my photographic journey to date. This truly international group of Photographic Societies, offering me the opportunity to be mentored, obtain qualifications, and enter competition, has really inspired me to constantly strive to improve my photographic skills. Being even nominated for one of their major awards has given me a real buzz, and is fantastic. Should I be fortunate to win the award that would be amazing”.

For more information on Bill Abernethy check out their website www.billabphoto.com

Plymouth Fine Art Photographer Kirsteen Titchener Shortlisted for International Awards

Kirsteen TitchenerPlymouth photographer, Kirsteen Titchener has been shortlisted for two international awards for her work.

Kirsteen from Stoke, will be going up against some of the world’s most renowned photographers in The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2014 awards. She is a finalist in two categories – Portrait Avant Garde Photographer of the Year and The Societies’ Photographer of the Year. A tremendous achievement for Kirsteen, who has only been taking photos for 5 years and producing Fine Art photos since the beginning of 2014.

Kirsteen Titchener says: “It is incredibly exciting to be nominated for this prestigious annual award by The Societies’ Judges. Creating fine art photographic images has been an increasingly important part of my photographic work through 2014. The Societies’ nomination for Photographer of the Year for an image entered for the Portrait Avant Garde Category is a wonderful way to finish the year and spur me on to keep on developing new skills and creating new images for 2015.”

Kirsteen, a former research fellow in the Psychology department at Plymouth University has been a keen amateur photographer for several years. In 2011 she took her hobby to the next level by setting up a business called Menagerie Photography, taking photos of pets. Her Societies’ nominations are for her Fine Art photography project, Morag Photography. Her work is inspired by human thoughts and emotions and is represented in dream-like worlds. It’s one of these images, entitled ‘The Grip’ that has caught the attention of the judges and made Kirsteen stand out from the thousands of other entries.

The Societies is Europe’s largest all-welcome association for the serious photographer. Over 12,500 images were entered into the competition and photographers from all around the globe have been putting forward their images making this a truly international competition.

Phil Jones The Societies’ CEO says, “This year we have seen a fantastic range of images and the standard has been very high. The finalist represent some of the finest images entered in to the competition and have competed against some of the world’s best photographers. Congratulations to all our finalists.”

This is the first photography award Kirsteen has been shortlisted for, and what a first! She will have to wait until the New Year to find out how she has got on, The Societies’ 2015 Convention Awards Dinner will take on 17 January 2015 in London.

Mihaly Attila Kazsuba Nominated for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2014

Mihaly_Attila_KazsubaMihaly Attila Kazsuba has been shortlisted for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2014. The Societies is Europe’s largest all-welcome association for the serious photographer.

Going up against some of the worlds most renowned photographers, Mihaly Attila Kazsuba will compete for the prestigious award of Open Avant Garde Photographer of the Year and The Societies’ Photographer of the Year, with the winner being revealed at The Societies’ 2015 Convention Awards Dinner held on 17 January 2015 in London.

Over 12,500 images were entered in to the competition and photographers from all around the globe have been putting forward their images making this a truly international competition.

Phil Jones The Societies’ CEO says, “This year we have seen a fantastic range of images and the standard has been very high. The finalist represent some of the finest images entered in to the competition and have competed against some of the world’s best photographers. Congratulations to all our finalists.”

For more information on Mihaly Attila Kazsuba check out their website www.kazsuba.hu

Pete Bennett Nominated for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2014

pete bennettPete Bennett has been shortlisted for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2014. The Societies is Europe’s largest all-welcome association for the serious photographer.

Going up against some of the worlds most renowned photographers, Pete Bennett will compete for the prestigious award of Portrait Studio Photographer of the Year and The Societies’ Photographer of the Year, with the winner being revealed at The Societies’ 2015 Convention Awards Dinner held on 17 January 2015 in London.

Over 12,500 images were entered in to the competition and photographers from all around the globe have been putting forward their images making this a truly international competition.

Phil Jones The Societies’ CEO says, “This year we have seen a fantastic range of images and the standard has been very high. The finalist represent some of the finest images entered in to the competition and have competed against some of the world’s best photographers. Congratulations to all our finalists.”

Pete Bennett, “Words cannot express how honoured I feel to be nominated for the portrait photographer of the year award.  It’s a humbling experience to be recognised amongst some of the world’s best portrait photographers, especially when photography has become such an significant part of my life”.

For more information on Pete Bennett check out his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PeteBennettWeddingPhotographer

Paul Reiffer Nominated for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2014

Paul Reiffer

Paul Reiffer has been shortlisted for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2014. The Societies is Europe’s largest all-welcome association for the serious photographer.

Going up against some of the worlds most renowned photographers, Paul Reiffer will compete for the prestigious award of Travel Photographer of the Year and The Societies’ Photographer of the Year, with the winner being revealed at The Societies’ 2015 Convention Awards Dinner held on 17 January 2015 in London.

Over 12,500 images were entered in to the competition and photographers from all around the globe have been putting forward their images making this a truly international competition.

Phil Jones The Societies’ CEO says, “This year we have seen a fantastic range of images and the standard has been very high. The finalist represent some of the finest images entered in to the competition and have competed against some of the world’s best photographers. Congratulations to all our finalists.”

Paul says – “Against some of the worlds most renowned photographers, my image of Huvafen Fushi‘s Spa Jetty – “Overwater” – will compete for the award of Travel Photographer of the Year. To go with this bit of good news, there was a bit of a surprise waiting for me when I got to Huvafen Fushi last weekend after shooting at W Maldives: Their digital artists have used the image as the backdrop for their Christmas 2014 campaign materials. And that’s not all. The same image is also the feature shot for their “Decade” CD, celebrating the soundtrack to the island for the past 10 years, mixed by DJ Ravin. Not bad for an early-morning wakeup call in paradise, I guess!”

For more information on Paul Reiffer check out their website www.paulreiffer.com.