As photographers, we're always striving to improve our skills and hence the quality of portraits we provide to our clients. We do that by investing in education so we can learn from some of the best portrait photographers around. Whether they be located in Edmonton, or anywhere in the world. We have spent many hours being mentored by well known photographers, and continually practice to refine our skills.
But how do we know we're getting better? One way is when our clients tell us how happy they are with their photos. We love and appreciate all of you!
But how do we compare to other photographers? Well, in late 2017, we decided that the best way was to enter portrait competitions so we could be ranked amongst photographers around the globe. We chose the Portrait Masters Competition because it's not only an awards competition, it also leads to accreditation in portrait photography. We'd love to be able to call ourselves Portrait Masters but it might take us a couple of years to get there. In the meantime, we are happy to have our photos judged by 9 world renowned judges to see how we compare with our peers.
Each image is judged anonymously by 5 of the 9 judges and scores are averaged. Since they don't know who's photos they are judging, there can be no bias and having 5 judges ensures that the score is fair based on the judging criteria. The competition is held twice per year.
For this round, approximately 6600 images were submitted. We submitted 19 images of our recent work. We were over the moon when we learned that 13 of our images received a Bronze Merit Award which means that these images were judged as meeting a "High Professional Standard". Silver is Outstanding and Gold is Exceptional.
Given that there was only 1 gold award and a hand full of silvers, shows that a very high standard has to be met in order to qualify. We are humbled to be judged amongst the best photographers and receive awards. Each Bronze Merit award counts for half point towards accreditation. So far we have 9 points and we need a total of 25 for the first level of accreditation as Portrait Masters, so we have a ways to go.
We'll keep you posted on our journey.
These are the images that received awards.
This was our highest scoring image!