Although being a professional artistic photographer is an amazing job, it isn’t straight forward by any means as I don’t just take photos, I create artwork.
Art is very personal and I must produce work that satisfies my clients’ expectations as well as being creatively beautiful.
As an artist it is sometimes hard to believe in yourself and your work. I am very self-critical which often leads to self-doubt. I strive to have the courage to believe in myself as I work in a sea of amazing and talented photographers.
It is important to test your abilities occasionally, to help you to aim for greater things and to also give you the confidence to believe in yourself. This is why I entered the annual ‘Rise International Photography Awards’this year.
The aim of the RISE awards is to encourage photographers across the world to strive for excellence, and provide them with feedback from qualified and experienced photography judges. There were 1699 entrants from 79 different countries this year and I was one of them.
The standards of the Rise Awards are very high so I was over-the-moon to be presented with 3 Bronze Awards! (see images below) Plus, the Judges gave me brilliant feedback with tips on how I could improve my skills further.
Although entering any competition can be a bit stressful, this was a great experience and I am looking forward to entering again next year.