It’s always lovely to receive an email that begins with the headline ‘Congratulations’. Recently I opened up just such an email from the International Color Awards, letting me know that judging in this year’s competition had finished and that I was a winner. It’s an annual photo competition, running across several categories, that this year attracted 5642 entries from 73 countries.

I entered in three categories this year – People, Silhouette and Architecture, and four of my images (out of five) were awarded. Only 730 awards were given worldwide, so to pick up four ….. well, I’m chuffed to say the least.

The International Color Awards are in their 11th year now, and have a panel of judges that include Christie’s, Paris; Grey Group, New York; The Art Channel, London; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam; Publicis Conseil, Paris; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Netflix, Los Angeles; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Phillips, New York. An esteemed set of names, spread throughout the world, and it’s flattering indeed to have my work recognised by them.

So yes, this mailshot is to show off a bit, but also to say thanks to two of my clients, Pressvess in the West Midlands and Promat in Heywood, for commissioning me to take photos for you. Without you, the photos wouldn’t exist.

I haven’t entered any photographic awards for a while now, so it’s great to know that my work can compete in an international arena, and it’s a reminder to keep on entering. As much as anything, it helps motivate me to strive to create the best possible work for clients.


If you’d like to see the four photos that were awarded, they’re in this blog post here –



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