News - helsw

6th March 2018


I've been a bit quiet lately - having a bit of a break from photography just for a couple of months, but still a lot of exciting things have been happening


First of all, I presented a panel of fine art portraits to 6 judges at the headquarters of The Guild of Photographers on 2nd February - AND I PASSED!  I am now a Craftsman of the Guild (CrGP)

Below are those images:

THEN!  THE GUILD OF PHOTOGRAPHERS ANNUAL AWARDS February 2017


I received the Bar in both People and Open Category (only 10 of us managed two categories),

I came 13th in the International Photographer of the Year in the People Category

and I WON Urban Image of the Year with my photo of my son in Leeds City Centre!

Photos

December 1st 2017


Very excited that this image has been short listed for the 2017 Guild of Photographer Awards in the "Urban " category ,


PRESS RELEASE FROM THE GUILD:

Local Photographer Helen Walker achieves international acclaim!

Helen, a photographer based in Otley has reached the Final of the fiercely contested Guild of Photographers Image of the Year Competition.

The Guild is a highly respected UK based association for photographers which has members from overseas as well. Each year it runs an on-line monthly photographic competition, judged by internationally respected judges with awards given to the best entries. During 2017, the competition has attracted around 1200 entries per month from the most talented of photographers.

It has just been announced that from all the entries across the year, the Guild’s Judges have selected JUST 12 images in various genres to go forward to the annual Image of the Year Final. Those selected really are the best of the best, and an image by Helen is one of those selected as a Finalist!

Guild Director Lesley Thirsk said “One of the Guild’s aims is to drive standards and creativity amongst photographers. Our monthly competition certainly does that, for the standard of the entries we see each month is quite staggering. To have an image recognised by the Guild in the monthly competition is difficult enough, so to have an image selected as being one of the best in a category for the end of year Final is without doubt an incredible achievement, and shows just how talented photographer, Helen is”

Helen said “-I’m delighted to be included as one of this year’s finalists. The Image of the Month competition has really helped me improve my skills and the awards are very hotly contested. The image is an urban shot one of my son shot very early in Leeds City Centre on a very cold morning. This is the third year running I’ve managed to get an image shortlisted, and last year was lucky enough to win overall Pet Image of the Year with my shot of my cat and dog – I seem to be keeping it in the family!”

Helen works as a GP in Silsden and does some photography part time, mostly portraits and creative images. This includes two charity calendars she has shot with the staff from Silsden and Steeton Medical Practice.

Helen’s image along with the others will now be printed ready for the Competition Final in December, when highly regarded Judges will be coming together from across the country and overseas to choose the overall winner.

The final outcome will be announced at a lavish Awards night in a magnificent Jacobean mansion in Cheshire on 3rd February 2018.

To find out more about the Guild of Photographers and their competition visit their website (www.photoguild.co.uk), and to find out more about Helen visit her website on www.helenwalkerphotography.com


November 2017


Charity Calendar 2018 shot with staff of Silsden and Steeton medical pracitce

Costumes made out of medical equipment, styling by Scarlett Fox, Make up Dani Warren and Michelle Pan

In aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Featured here in October issue of The Guild of Photographer's Creative Light magazine


June 2017

Very please to receive a Gold Bar from the Guild of Photographers in the May 2017 Image of the Month competition for this image of my son taken early one morning in Leeds city centre.

It's my first gold award, and I was thrilled to receive an email to say it was also a judge's choice- it came third out of all the images entered in the Guild this month!

Here it is featured below in The Guild of Photographers' May issue of Creative Light Magazine.

The Guild of Photographers Annual Awards 2016, the Winners with Andrew Appleton, trainer and mentor.

Left to right:
Mark Lynham ( Photographer of the Year and Winner of Open Category)

Iain Poole (Photographer's Bar)
Andrew Appleton

Helen Walker (Image of the Year, Pets)

Rob Hill ( Overall Photographer of the Year and Image of the Year , Commercial)
Gary Jones (Image of the Year, Birds)

Photography courtesy of Rachel Foster

The Photograper's Bar

Image of the Year 2016 - Pets

February 6th 2017

Gosh - very, very pleased to win Image of The Year 2016 in the Pets Category at last night's Guild of Photographers' Annual Awards Ceremony in the majestic Crewe Hall in Cheshire.

I feel very honoured to  have been nominated amongst such photographic talent let alone win an award!  Huge thanks to my mentor Andrew Appleton of the Guild and to my son for all his support and encouragement - and patience!


In addition  I was delighted  to be presented with lifetime membership to the Photographers' Bar

........." Becoming a member of the Photographer's Bar is a unique distinction awarded to those photographers who have had images assessed by the Guild via the Image of the Month competition over the course of a competition year, attaining a score the equivalent of a point for each entry made. In other words any member who can secure 24 points in one section of the Photography of the Year Title chases from 24 images in any 8 months of the same competition year will be awarded honorary life membership of the 'Photographer's Bar' in order to acknowledge the fact they have submitted strong images consistently throughout the year in competition judged in accordance with national scoring criteria - a distinction that is very difficult to achieve!! Membership of this exclusive club is clearly something to aim for…and achieving it also has great marketing potential for those in business"

22nd December 2016

Wow,  I'm delighted to have received exciting news from The Guild of Photographers today         

Press release:  Local Photographer Helen Walker achieves national acclaim!

Helen Walker, a photographer based in Otley has reached the Final of the fiercely contested Guild of Photographers Image of the Year Competition. The Guild is a highly respected UK based association for photographers which has members from overseas as well. Each year it runs an on-line monthly photographic competition with awards being given each month to the very best of the entries. During the course of 2016, the competition attracted nearly 10,000 entries in 4 categories, and this week the Guild’s Judges have selected just 10 images in the various genres from the very best of the monthly entries, to go forward to the annual Final.

Helen Walker has images in two of those genres!

Guild Director Lesley Thirsk said “One of the Guild’s aims is to drive standards and creativity amongst photographers. Our monthly competition certainly does that, for the standard of the entries we see each month is quite staggering. To have an image recognised by the Guild in the monthly competition is difficult enough, so to have images selected as being one of the best 10 in a category for the end of year Final is a quite remarkable achievement, and shows just how talented a photographer Helen Walker is”

Helen said “- I love photography and put a lot of effort into developing my skills. One way I do that is to enter the Guild’s competition. The judging is tough and very exacting so it helps me push myself and has really helped me learn a lot. The images I see getting awards each month are inspirational, so knowing just how high those standards are, to have two of my images selected (in the ”Pets” and “Rural and Landscape” sections) as one of only 10 in each genre to go through to the Final from the whole year’s entries is really really exciting. I couldn’t believe it when I found out.”

Helen’s images along with the others will now be printed ready for the Competition Final later in January, and the overall winner will be announced at a lavish Awards night in a magnificent Jacobean mansion in Cheshire on 4th February.

To find out more about the Guild of Photographers visit their website (www.photoguild.co.uk). To find out more about Helen Walker visit her website www.helenwalkerphotography.com


3rd August 2016

Delighted to be awarded the status of Qualified Member of the Guild of Photographers following a submission to the Guild of 21 photographs. Huge thanks go to my mentor, Andrew Appleton, for his support and guidance in preparing for this.

Now onto working towards Craftsman status!


7th Feb 2016 - THE GUILD OF PHOTOGRAPHERS AWARDS 2015.


Many thanks to The Guild of Photographers and Graphistudio for producing these beautiful printed books containing all the nominated images for the Awards 2015. A real honour to have my photo amongst these beautiful images and something to treasure. Delighted to have finished in the top 10 of the Creativity and Digital Art category for 2015.

1st Jan 2016 -  SHORTLISTED FOR AWARD !


I'm delighted to tell you that the Zombie image from our Charity Calendar has been shortlisted  in the top 10 images as a Finalist in the Creativity and Digital Art genre for The Image of the Year 2015  with the Guild of Photographers.  Below is a press release from the Guild about this. I'll be off to Crewe Hall in early February with Bradley to go the awards dinner - surrounded by lots of photographers who I admire and follow. No doubt will be quite a surreal experience and one to enjoy to the max!!


PRESS RELEASE

"Local Photographer Helen Walker achieves national acclaim!


Helen Walker, a photographer based in Otley has reached the Final of the fiercely contested Guild of Photographers Image of the Year Competition. The Guild is a highly respected UK based association for photographers which has members from overseas as well. Each year it runs an on-line monthly photographic competition with awards being given each month to the very best of the entries.

During the course of 2015, the competition attracted nearly 10,000 entries in 4 categories, and this week the Guild’s Judges have selected just 10 images in the various genres from the very best of the monthly entries, to go forward to the annual Final. Helen Walker ‘s image is one of those images!

Guild Director Lesley Thirsk said “One of the Guild’s aims is to drive standards and creativity amongst photographers. Our monthly competition certainly does that, for the standard of the entries we see each month is quite staggering. To have an image recognised by the Guild in the monthly competition is difficult enough, so to have an image selected as being one of the best 10 in a category for the end of year Final is a quite remarkable achievement, and shows just how talented a photographer Helen Walker is”

Helen said “To say I am surprised by this is a massive understatement. Knowing how high the standards are, and seeing the amazing images on the Guild month after month, I am quite simply gobsmacked - delighted and honoured to be have an image chosen for the final. It’s not often I’m speechless! The photograph was one taken as part of a charity calendar with my work colleagues and huge thanks go to all the people involved in helping me create this image – the ghoulish zombies Michael Broderick, Janet Barker, Kayleigh Craven and Sukhdip Jhaj, Bradley Walker for his shadow, the zombie make-up done by Chloe Gorton and the photographic assistance of Kevin Prime.”

Helen Walker’s image along with the others will now be printed ready for the Competition Final later in January, and the overall winner will be announced at a lavish Awards night in a magnificent Jacobean mansion in Cheshire on 6th February.

To find out more about the Guild of Photographers visit their website (www.photoguild.co.uk)"