double award winning

Photographer Shiralee Swan awarded photography accolade

Equine photographer finds new a direction during COVID

My story of how I became a multi-award-winning photographer.

With the COVID restrictions, photographers are not able to work.  I started entering some horse portrait photograph taken last summer into international photographic competitions.

Being a member of The Societies of Photographers and The Guild of Photographers, I looked into the rules and ‘What the Judging panels’ are looking for in an image, to do well in the  Month competitions. The National Photographic Societies competition is open to Non-Member.

It’s not just a case of taking a beautifully posed photograph of a horse. The photograph has to be technically correct too.

Which photographs to select

With COVID lockdown I looked at the photographs that I had taken back in the summer and I selected three.

photographer Shiralee Swan receives Bronze from the Guild of photographers and Highly commended awarded from The Societies

Double Award Winner

January: Entered three Horse Portrait Photographs into competitions.

photographer Shiralee Swan receives Bronze awarded from the Guild of photographers

Bronze Award

 

A stunning grey Andalusian horse was my first choice

photographer Shiralee Swan receives Awards from Guild of photographers, The Societies and theNSP

A stunning grey Andalusian

February:

  • The Societies of Photographers – Awarded (a coveted) Gold Award and 2x Highly Commended Awards.
  • Guild of Photographers – Awarded 1x Silver Award, 1x Bronze Award.
  • The National Photographic Society (theNPS – This link will open the NPS FaceBook page) I only entered one image – Which received a Gold Award.
photographer Shiralee Swan receives Double Award Winning photograph from the Guild of photographers and from The Societies

Double Award Winning

photographer Shiralee Swan receives Highly Commended from The Societies of Photographers

Highly Commended

Phil Jones The Societies of Photographers’ CEO says, “This year we have seen a fantastic range of images and the standard has been very high.”

You can see more of Shiralee’s work on her website www.shiraleeswan.co.uk and Instagram @shiraleeswan

Shiralee says:

“After being made redundant from my press photography job and the end of 2019. I took the jump to start my own photography business specialising in horse portraits.

Being a horse owner and producing horses from a young age horses is an animal I know well.

I launched my photography business specialising in horse portraits at the start of 2020, bookings were slowly coming in.

During the COVID lockdown, photography was classed as a non-essential business, therefore I was grounded.

Not being downhearted I continued to work on my website www.shiraleeswan.co.uk and building my presence on Social Media.

As we entered 2021 and being in another lockdown I thought…

Being a member of The Societies of Photographers and The Guild of Photographers, I would enter the monthly photographic competitions and entering The National Photographic Societies competition as a Non-Member.

I would like to thank Thurrock News Nub for sharing my success with their readers. You can read it too Here

If you would like to have a chat about that style of horse photography you like best, simply fill in my contact form which you will find Here