Annie Griggs, a photographer from St Albans, has been nominated for the fiercely contested Guild of Photographers Image of the Year Competition.
From all the entries across the year, just 10 images from various genres go forward to the final, and one of those is Annie’s from the much coveted and competitive Baby and Toddler category.
Speaking to StAlbansNews, Annie said: “I’ve always enjoyed photography, but it was only really since I had children where I took it to the next level.
“I do portraits and family photography, but I really enjoy the toddler age group in particular and I’ve been entering the monthly competition that The Guild do as it pushes me to develop further.
“To have one of my images shortlisted for the overall final rom the many thousands submitted across the year is really exciting and I’m so grateful to the Guild of Photographers for this amazing recognition.
A group of highly regarded judges gathered from across the country and overseas to choose the overall winner and the ceremony for the competition will be at the magnificent Jacobean mansion in Cheshire on February 1.
Annie has told us how excited she is for the ceremony and what it means personally for her.
She said: “The fact I’ve got this far is incredible and it’s been great for self-development. If I could go one step further and win the competition, I’d imagine there be no words, but I’m going to make a day of it when it comes around.”
Guild of Photographers director Lesley Thirsk said: “One of the Guild’s aims is to drive standards and creativity amongst photographers. Our 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 Annie is.”
To view Annie’s photo that got her this far, head to her website anniegriggs-photography.co.uk/