I woked up to some good news on Monday morning. I won one of the image prizes at the recent competition run by the Scottish Creative Network. I guess, because I know the judges (or know of them in the case of Trevor and Faye Yerbury) I feel that this is a validation by my peers, where other competitions are judged by anonymous figures in dark rooms far away.
When it comes to competitions and awards I think that a photographer who announces he or she is an award winning photographer can sometimes be a bit misleading. An award winning photographer may have won a prize in a nationally recognised competition, a prize from their local camera club, the most promising student on their course or pretty much anything. Several of the photographer associations run monthly competitions as well.
In Scotland the Vows award provides a somewhat more objective award. Wedding suppliers give out a form to their customers and customers who liked the service can nominate the supplier. This means that nominees to the Vows awards do have a body of satisfied customers behind them. The actual winner is decided by the organisation behind the Vows from the final nominees. So your next question is why doesn’t Duncan have a Vows award, well the simple answer is that with my other photographic work, I do not always reach the 20 weddings /referrals in a year that is the minimum that would be needed to be nominated in a large category like photographers. If you did want to anyway, further Vows information can be found at http://www.vowsawards.co.uk/index/how-it-works.
As an aside, I got an invitation to London Fashion Week today, not all expense paid though, so I had to turn it down. A shame I couldn't persuade my wife that a weekend in London would be a fun "holiday",