2014 has been another fantastic year in my photography world. Looking back there have been so many highlights and great times throughout the year and I have listed them below.
5 Crown Awards Received (BPE5*)
I was awarded BPE5* the top crown award from The British Photography Exhibitions, gained by using 78 pieces of work, receiving 90 awards across 40 exhibitions. Previously only 81 people had achieved this between 1994 and 2013.
In April I received The Masters Distinction award (MPAGB) from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britian becoming 1 of only 106 people to receive this award over a 20 year period.
Winning The Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Unions individuals competition, and going on to become their Photographer of the year for 2014 and Print worker of the year 2014.
Winning The Best in Exhibition Award at The great Barr National Panel Exhibition, and being the first person to ever win it using prints.
Receiving The AFIAP Distinction award, an international award made by The federation of International Artists and Photographers. My application was made and accepted with 122 acceptances from 40 pieces of work, in 17 different Salons in 11 different countries.
Receiving 13 awards from The Cheshire and Lancashire Photographic Union Federation at the opening of their 2014 Photography Exhibition.
Collecting 8 awards from Chorley Photographic Society, including Best Overall Worker.
Awarded Associateship ABPE Disinction Award from The British Photography Exhibitions. This award had only been awarded 27 times previously between 1994 and 2013. This was acheived having had 412 acceptances into National Member Exhibition, using 118 different pieces of work, receiving 117 Awards.
Being invited to judge at a National Photography Exhibition at Shrewsbury, a member BPE exhibition.
Chorley PS one of the top 2 Clubs in FIAP World Championships
Winning FIAP Gold Award with Chorley Photographic Society in The FIAP World Cup and being part of Chorley PS becoming one of the top 2 clubs in the world.
5 Best Author Awards in International Exhibitons
Winning 5 Best Author Awards (FIAP Blue Badge) in International Photography Exhibitions, in PSSL (Sri Lanka), Northern Counties (UK), Smethwick (UK), Wrekin (UK) and Yorkshire (UK).
International Photography Exhibitons
Having 165 images accepted into International Photography Exhibitions with 37 winning individual awards.
UK National Photography Exhibitions
Having 193 images accepted into National Photography Exhibitions, with 51 winning individual awards.
Being published in The UK, Italy and The USA. Numerous UK press and magazines, Italy Fashion magazines and the largest Steampunk magazine in The USA.
Winner of the F1 Competition.
Winning the National F1 Photography competition in support of Gt Ormonds St Children's Hospital and having the winning picture on display at the F1 Gala, and be published in print with a circulation of 1.3 million copies.
Picture was shown alongside F1 drivers pictures at the invite only gala we were invited guests of in the presence of Bernie Ecclestone, Damon Hill and many more F1 drivers and celebrities.
Looking at the above I think 2014 topped 2013 which was an incredible photographic year, looking forward to 2015 and all it has to offer.
A very special thanks go out to my friends old and new that offer unconditional support and friendship.