Judges Choice Award for June and other photography awards

June turned out to be an absolutely amazing month for my photography.  Not only in terms of business and getting the opportunity to do some very fun and unique shoots in June, but also in terms of awards.  As usual, I like to put a blog post up here highlighting the Golds and Silvers that I win in the monthly SWPP competitions…but this month is a little bit special as I also won the Judges Choice award for the month of June.  I am still in shock over this as this is a huge and amazing award to receive.  So, without further ado….here are the winning images.

This image is the grand daddy winner for me in June.  This image of Cambridge band Sachanovak not only won a Gold Award in the Publicity category for the month of June, but it also won the Judges Choice award.  June was an exceptionally hard month to get any awards as there were only a total of 23 Golds awarded, and to have one of my images selected as the Judges Choice is truly an honour.  I was contacted early in June to do a promo band shoot for Sachanovak for their upcoming CD release.  The shoot was done very late at night and was a lot of fun as they are a great and fun group of guys to work with.  Hope they like the images as well!!  😀

This image is one of the many individual shots of the Sachanovak band members that I shot.  This image won a Silver in the Portraiture Contemporary category for the month of June.  I think that it probably wasn’t far off of a Gold, and I think had I gotten a little light into Nick’s left eye it might have gone up to a Gold.  The great thing about this shot, is that Sachanovak bass player Nick has absolutely no problem hamming it up for the camera and really is a delight to photograph!!

Another image of Sachanovak bass player Nick.  This image was a complete experiment for me as I had never done painting with light before.  Painting with light is something I always knew how to do, just had never actually done it.  So, with the night getting long, we decided to give it a quick go and this was the result.  This image was awarded a Silver in the Open category for the SWPP.  I don’t think I could have done anything that would have made this a Gold, not without a lot more practice painting with light.  Since this was such a long exposure (I think it was around 10 seconds), there are areas that aren’t completely sharp and in focus….hence it not getting a Gold.  But, it made for a fun and unique band shot!!!

So, there you have it.  June awards for me.  1 Gold, 2 Silvers, and 1 Judges Choice award!!  All three of these images are from a band promotional shoot that I did for Cambridge band Sachanovak.  If you would like to book your band in for a promotional shoot, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07791 109049 or email me at george@gfphoto.co.uk.  Band/Musician promo shoots start at £150!!  You can view more images from my band portfolio here.

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July 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Congrats George. Sounds like it is a real honor. I am so glad you have found something that seems to make you happy. I really enjoy looking at your photos, you do a great job.

July 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm

The pictures look amazing!! We had a concept in our head but George really helped bringing it to life and then adding some extra ideas (like the individual shots) that have turned out magnificently!

It was great fun working with you George!

Ed – Sachanovak

July 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Great shots there Mr Fairbairn. Looking forward to getting them ‘in print’