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Harpenden photographer recognised for a year of outstanding images

PUBLISHED: 10:03 06 February 2019

Steve Collins is awarded the Photographers Bar by Guild of Photographers director Lesley Thirsk.

Steve Collins is awarded the Photographers Bar by Guild of Photographers director Lesley Thirsk.

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A Harpenden photographer has been awarded membership of a prestigious group of sensational snappers for the second year in a row.

One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.

Steve Collins retained his membership of the Guild of Photographers’ Photographers Bar at the Guild’s annual awards ceremony held at Crewe Hall in Cheshire on Saturday.

Membership of the Photographers Bar is a unique distinction awarded to those photographers who have successfully had images assessed by The Guild of Photographers over the course of a year and have attained a score that evidences an exceptional level of professional skill and consistency throughout that period.

One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.

The Guild of Photographers is a highly respected association for all photographers and its Image of the Month competition attracts up to 1,500 images for assessment by an expert Panel of Judges each month.

Points are given to entries and these are then totalled at the end of the year. Those who reach the required threshold are then awarded membership of the Photographers Bar’

One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.

Membership of the Photographers Bar is a distinction that is very difficult to achieve - in fact less than 200 photographers have achieved it in the five years since its inception, during which time over 60,000 images will have been entered for assessment by photographers across the UK and from overseas.

Guild director Lesley Thirsk said: “I am delighted for Steve as this is a great achievement!

One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.

“Submitting and having images assessed every month for a year and reaching the required standards to become a member of the Photographers Bar is very demanding.

“It illustrates his commitment, skill and consistency. Steve should be very proud of what he has achieved.”

One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.

On hearing the news Steve, who is also a member of Harpenden Photographic Society, said: “I am thrilled to achieve this distinction again for the second year in a row.

“As photography is such a passion of mine, it makes it very rewarding to then have my skills recognised and rewarded by my peers.”

One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.

You can find out more about this award and the Guild of Photographers at their website www.photoguild.co.uk and follow Steve on Instagram @stevecollinsphoto.

One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.

One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.

One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.

One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.One of Steve Collins' award-winning photographs which saw him awarded the Photographers Bar.

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