Every month I enter the Guild of Photographers image of the month contest (and then spend the rest of the month trying to forget about it).
It's an agonising wait on the 21st of each month when the results are released and this month was no exception. Given that the judging criteria seems to have become a little more stringent recently, I was convinced that my 3 images weren't going to get anything. So it was a huge relief to log in and find that all 3 images had received bronze bars (with 1 of them being just 2 points away from a silver bar).
This months results brings my total award tally to 12 bronze and 2 silver bars.
So what exactly do these awards mean? They basically mean that the image has been judged by a panel of professional photographers to be of a good professional standard:
"Images that are very well crafted at a professional level (A Silver Bar)
Images of a strong standard at a professional level (A Bronze Bar)
Now that the excitement of results day is over, it's time to decide which images to enter this month, and begin the waiting game all over again.