I can’t believe it is almost a year since our first Farmers Image of the Week, do you remember this epic image by Neil Thomas Douglas that kicked it all off?

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I guess when I started this, I was just really wanted to give the Farmers some recognition for working hard and pushing themselves in both shooting and business. Wedding photography can be quite an isolating job… you are always at someone’s else’s party and then desk bound for a lot of the rest of your working week. So I wanted to offer them some kind of reward for seeking out the unexpected, the epic or the beautiful whether at a wedding, a portrait session or a personal project.

Since then, week after week I have made sure that I see as much of their latest work as I can ~ I also want to encourage the Farmers to keep on top of their social media for business. One thing I tell them time and time again at workshops is that all the peripheral stuff is good to do but at the heart of a successful photography business is someone taking amazing pictures and making sure that they are seen.

So this week, I will choose the last of this year’s weekly winners and then a small panel will judge all the images and we are having an awards ceremony in Brighton. It may well be just an excuse to get together, have a few drinks and celebrate how far the Farmers have come but I’m so proud of each and every one of them. For those that have not yet won.. we will start a new year straight after this, so keep looking for an award winning shot. Remember the most brilliant shot will very rarely be found in your comfort zone so when you have the safe shot… go for the epic… If you are one of the lucky Farmers that has won this year, then here are the categories and what prizes are up for grabs with each of them… #farmersawards

BEST USE OF ARTIFICIAL LIGHT ~ Lowepro Transit Sling 150, Joby Flash Clamp & Locking Arm, a set of art prints from Folio, A Place at Advanced Elements Day One ~ Creative Lighting with Adam Bronkhorst.

BEST STYLED SHOOT/PERSONAL PROJECT IMAGE ~ Lowepro Passport Messenger, a set of art prints from Folio, a WordPress Website Theme from Flothemes,

BEST BLACK AND WHITE IMAGE ~ Lowepro Urban Photo Sling 250, a set or art prints from Folio, Smart Albums,

BEST USE OF LOCATION ~ Lowepro Transit Sling 250, a set of art prints from Folio, Three month’s subscription to The Barn, £30 voucher from Bob Books

BEST WEDDING IMAGE ~ Lowepro Passport Sling, a set of art prints from Folio,  a place on Advanced Elements Day Two with Lisa Devlin

PHOTOGRAPHY FARMERS IMAGE OF THE YEAR ~ Lowepro Urban Reporter 250, a Folio 10×10 or 12×12 album with 20 spreads PLUS a mini version, a WordPress website Theme from Flothemes, Light Blue photography business software, Smart Albums album building software, a Brand Consultation from Melissa Love Design, £30 Bob Books voucher, Three Months Advertising on Rock n Roll Bride plus Six Month’s subscription to The Barn

That means our top prize is worth well over a whopping £2000, wowzers!!! It has to be one of the juiciest prizes in UK wedding photography. Thanks to our amazing industry friends for donating such incredible prizes, I would love every single thing on there and it will really boost the business of the winner. The judging will take place this week and the winners will be announced at the Awards on the 28th. Follow the events of the night and find out who wins what with #farmersawards on Twitter and Instagram.