First in Show!!

A pair of Mandarin ducks

A pair of Mandarin ducks

I entered this photo in a competition at The Chertsey Fair under the class ‘British Birds’  Even though these ducks originate from Asia (closely related to the Wood Duck found in America) a large feral population was established in the 20th century due to specimens escaping from collections, and there are now 7,000 in Britain.  I photographed this pair on the Thames in Walton.

First PrizeWe went to the show today & found this lovely certificate beside my photo!  First Prize!!

I also entered photos into the ‘My Favourite Smile’ class;

My Favourite Smile‘Three Photographs with a Common Connected Theme’ class;

and ‘Portrait’ class;

Charlotte as Aladdin Sane

Charlotte as Aladdin Sane

We came third 🙂

Third PrizeThe entry fee was 50p per class, and the prizes were 1st £2, 2nd £1.50, 3rd £1, so I’ve made £1 (minus the printing and mounting costs of course)

Does this make me a professional photographer?


About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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8 Responses to First in Show!!

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    I would say yes. Congrats! I think you are a professional photographer when you feel like a professional, irregardless of whether you make money or not. Think about when you first started to work, you felt insecure and uncomfortable. But there became a point you felt secure in yourself … that’s when you became a professional. Same goes with photography.

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    • Barbara says:

      Thank you 🙂 I don’t really think I’m professional yet at all, I certainly don’t feel confident, though when I was printing my photos for the competition I was asked to do the photography for somebody’s 21st!!

      I’m about to enter another competition this evening, and the ‘Non Professional’ criteria are;

      The competition is only open to amateur photographers (defined as someone who does not derive more than 10% of their income from photography)

      I’m definitely an amateur according to their criteria! 🙂


  2. Grannymar says:

    YES. YES. YES! You certainly are. Congratulations!

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  3. Al says:

    You go, girl! Congratulations on a beautiful picture and prize. It won’t be long before I’ll be telling my friends….”I remember her when….”


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