Mark Lynham: Blog http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Mark Lynham mark.lynham@btinternet.com (Mark Lynham) Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:34:00 GMT Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:34:00 GMT http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/img/s6/v142/u256317504-o191650708-50.jpg Mark Lynham: Blog http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog 92 120 Special Achievement Award from The Guild Of Photographers - 2016 http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/special-achievement-award-from-the-guild-of-photographers---2016 I'd had a fantastic evening at The Guild Of Photographers awards night but at the end of the evening they announced a few Special Achievement Awards.... they dont actually say who it is untill they mention what that person has done so when they were reading what was to be my award I had absolutely no idea that it was me they were talking about... i was totally gobsmacked when they mentioned my name and think i had some dust in my eyes at that point..... this is what was said....

 

'Among other things the Guild is about positivity, support, inspiration and learning. Determination and drive are very important too if we are to succeed at whatever we do.

Life can be a roller coaster journey with its ups and downs, especially if you enter the IOM! (Image Of the Month)

This person is not in business as a photographer but they love the Craft, and that reflects in their attitude to photography and developing their skills.

They joined the Guild only a few years ago and grasped every training opportunity they could, looking and learning from the inspirational. They have challenged and questioned things pushing themselves with huge determination, getting up from any personal lows, dusting themselves off and using them to further fuel their drive.

A few years later whilst their drive to learn more and push themselves further is still there, THEY are now the inspirational, and behind the scenes we know they push and motivate others.

Only around 100 people have achieved membership of the Photographers Bar since we started it and only one person has achieved it every year – haven’t you Mark Lynham! ( at this point i fell off my chair in disbelief!)

Not only that, he has won many Gold awards, and has been the Runner-Up in the Open Category for the last 2 years. Today he not only won the section – He became the Guild’s Photographer of the Year and a Craftsman too!

Mark, we want to salute you, your drive and determination.

You are proof that within the Guild the more you put in the more you will get out.

Congratulations on an incredible year for you!'

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mark.lynham@btinternet.com (Mark Lynham) 2016 award awards guild photographer http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/special-achievement-award-from-the-guild-of-photographers---2016 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:34:19 GMT
awarded 'Photographer Of The Year 2016' with The Guild Of Photographers! http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/photographer-of-the-year-2016-with-the-guild-of-photographers Well, where do i start...

Im an avid entrant in to the Guilds monthly Image Of The Month competition and their annual Photographer Of The Year competition and have been very close to winning it over the last couple of years and I'm incredibly pleased to say that not only did i win their 'Open' category  for 2016 but also won the overall 'Photographer Of The Year for 2016'!!
 

My awards for the evening were;

  • overall Photographer Of The Year for 2016 
  • overall winner of the 'Open' category (one of the 4 categories that can be entered)
  • achieved the level of Craftsman status, having submitted a panel of 12 printed images and 36 digital images
  • runner up Image Of The Year 'members choice'
  • runner up Image Of The Year in the Urban category  
  • runner up Image Of The Year in the Action category  
  • 5th year of attaining The Photographers Bar, the only Guild member to do this since it has been running
  • and finally i was incredibly humbled to receive a 'Special Achievement' award for my efforts and commitment to the competition over the years that I have been entering them.

Here are the images that i entered throughout the year and the awards that were given to them..

and here i am receiving my "Photographer Of The Year' award from Steve and Lesley Thirsk, The Guilds owners and some bloody lovely people too.

 

 

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mark.lynham@btinternet.com (Mark Lynham) 2016 award awards guild of photographers photographer http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/photographer-of-the-year-2016-with-the-guild-of-photographers Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:35:24 GMT
Craftsman qualification with The Guild Of Photographers! http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/craftsman-qualification-with-the-guild-of-photographers After a lot of procrastination i finally put in my application to become a Craftsman with The Guild Of Photographers. I had to submit a printed and mounted panel of 12 images within a particular genre, to which i chose aviation. The panel had to work together as a set of images so i chose to have 6 shots showing land and 6 shots showing sky. I also had to submit 36 digital images, including the 12 i was going to print, along with a book and a printed and framed image.

From the Guilds handbook...'Our 'Craftsman' status is, as one would imagine, aligned to the exacting standards of a true 'Craftsman'. Therefore to attain this level we add an increasing level of professional critique to evaluate our members work. In other words we get increasingly 'fussy' and look in minute detail at all the elements of photographic understanding. Those that achieve this accolade have demonstrated the finest technical skills and an exceptional creative and artistic 'eye'.'

I submitted my panel to the judges over the weekend that they hold their annual awards and I'm incredibly pleased to say that i passed!!

Here is my panel of 12 images that i had to get printed and mounted

Here are the images printed and mounted, in my lounge, for a quick check before wrapping and taking for submission..
and here are all 36 images that i submitted..

Finally,  here i am receiving my Craftsman Qualification at the Guilds annual awards evening!

Im incredibly proud of this achievement and will now work towards my Master Craftsman qualification as i believe that you need to keep pushing yourself.

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mark.lynham@btinternet.com (Mark Lynham) award craftsman guild mark lynham photographer the guild of photographers http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/craftsman-qualification-with-the-guild-of-photographers Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:11:12 GMT
Time for Puffins! http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/time-for-puffins For the first time in about 10 years i managed to take a whole week off work so we headed to Northumberland and to a lovely village called Seahouses. Its not our first time there but this time I wanted to take a boat trip and have a look at the Puffins and Terns on Inner Farne.

Theres a few boat companies at the harbour but for us there is only one to use and thats Serenity, the guy that owns it, Andrew, is so passionate about the sea life that you never know where he will take you if he spots something. He has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/serenity.boats?fref=ts

Anyway, heres a selection of photos that i took on our few trips that we took out, some were taken on Inner Farne itself whilst a lot of the others are taken on the tour that Andrew gives around the Farne Islands.

One thing the Farne islands are known for is its Puffins, so if you ever want somewhere to go to photograph these beautiful and fascinating birds then this is your place, although June and July are the times you need to go.

Serenity is certainly the boat I would recommend for the island tours, Andrew is fantastic and is always on the look out while on the tour. While there we had the joy of seeing a couple of Harbour Porpoise, but the one day we missed the boat trip with Serenity, Andrew spotted a Minky Whale.... gutted!

This was my first time of seeing a Tern up close and as you got off the boat there were hundreds of them. They were also guarding their young so as you walked past they would fly down and peck your head!

These last few are of a Puffin who was posing on the edge of a cliff with a beak full of Sand eels, i reckon he was there for around half an hour posing for all the photographers.

I do hope that you've enjoyed looking at these images. 

 

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mark.lynham@btinternet.com (Mark Lynham) northumberland puffin seabirds tern http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/time-for-puffins Sun, 03 Aug 2014 14:35:35 GMT
Photographer Of The Year 2013!! http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/photographer-of-the-year-2013 Wow, 2013 was a huge year for my photography as I feel that I really progressed in my ability, but when I started to enter images into The Guild Of Photographers Image Of the Month competition I never expected to do so well. Over the course of the 9 months that I entered I was awarded 57 Bronze Bar awards, 16 silver Bar awards and in December I was awarded a rare Gold Bar award, one of only 22 given out to people during the whole year! But at an awards night on 31st January 2014 I was was actually awarded with the acclaimed Photographer Of The Year title in the Open category for 2013, I just couldn't believe it! And was also runner up in the 'all round Photographer Of The Year'  where awards from two categories are added together.

Here i am being presented with my award by the owners of The Guild, Steve and Lesley Thirsk. (and bloody lovely people they are too!)

 

Below are the images that won the awards throughout the year in the Open Category, and as you can see they are quite varied. Most of the animal  shots are taken at Whipsnade Zoo which is a place that i just love to visit.

 

 

The following are images that won awards in the People category.

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mark.lynham@btinternet.com (Mark Lynham) 2013 award guild photographer http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/photographer-of-the-year-2013 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:36:20 GMT
some One 2 One training with Andrew Appleton with model Zara Watson http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/some-one-2-one-training-with-andrew-appleton-with-model-zara-watson Im a firm believer in getting good training and whilst i've been on a number of workshops I felt that i needed something a bit more personal, so i decided to book a few hours of personal training with Andrew Appleton, someone who i hold in the highest regard.

The hours were spent in an apartment in Central Milton Keynes and i was really made to think about light, colours and making the most out of small areas. Consideration was also given to clothing and make up for the model. On and off camera flash was used as either fill light or accent light and this what i needed to learn.

Below are some shots that i got from the time spent with Andrew and Zara, and to be honest I didn't expect to get as many as i did. In fact at the time of writing i have just been given a Front Page Image with PurplePort, a modelling site.

 

 

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mark.lynham@btinternet.com (Mark Lynham) http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/some-one-2-one-training-with-andrew-appleton-with-model-zara-watson Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:15:00 GMT
awarded my 'Qualified Status' by The Guild Of Photographers http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/awarded-my-qualified-status-by-the-guild-of-photographers I have just heard that i have gained my 'Qualified Status' with The Guild Of Photographers!!.

To achieve this i had to submit 21 images and a written piece (that was fun!).. 

In the words of The Guild, a 'Qualified Status' is only awarded to photographers who have met its exacting standards and have evidenced a good standard of photography.

Here are the images that i submitted..

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mark.lynham@btinternet.com (Mark Lynham) http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/awarded-my-qualified-status-by-the-guild-of-photographers Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:21:55 GMT
Bonhams auction @ Aston Martin 'works' Newport Pagnell http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/5/bonhams-auction-aston-martin-works-newport-pagnell Went to the annual Bonhams auction at the recently redeveloped Aston Martin 'Works' Newport pagnell. Its always a time that you can see some true classic Aston Martins and this year also featured the sale of a 1991 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II Coupé , one of only 4 bulit and having a guide price of £1.2 million. I believe it fetched £1.1 million.

I also went along the morning after to see some of the cars being taken away. the noise was incredible!

I hope you enjoy these photos.

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mark.lynham@btinternet.com (Mark Lynham) aston martin db3 db4 db5 newport pagnell v12 v8 vantage virage http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/5/bonhams-auction-aston-martin-works-newport-pagnell Sun, 20 May 2012 19:07:57 GMT
Aston Martin 'Works' open evening http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/5/aston-martin-works-open-evening Had an invitation to the Aston Martin 'Works' open evening after many months of refurbishment and what a place! Some lovely cars in there too, with a mixture of old and new, including 3 One-77's, and the Le Mans cars.

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mark.lynham@btinternet.com (Mark Lynham) aston martin dbs newport pagnell one-77 v8 vantage works http://marklynham.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/5/aston-martin-works-open-evening Sat, 05 May 2012 21:44:54 GMT