Qualification with The Guild of Photographers
30th May 2017 - 0 comments

A brief excerpt from the Guild qualification Handbook describing the Guild of Photographers qualifications

2.2 What are the Guild Membership Levels?

Whilst traditional photography related qualifications are a controversial issue by aligning levels of skill and understanding to the guild concept we can apply criteria to our membership levels that reflect the underlining principles the original guilds utilised. By doing this we have created what we believe is the most industry relevant assessment process for photographers in the UK, and across the world (meeting the needs of photographers, clients and our craft)!

Our membership levels are...

Registered (i.e. untested)



Master Craftsman

Our 'Qualified' status is aligned to standards of competence and understanding that reflect a level where the customer should be 'delighted with the results' of a tradesman (the photographer in our case). In other words 'Qualified' indicates professional ‘competence’ to a level where the Guild is willing to recognise the photographer as an ambassador of the association, so those who achieve that level should be proud of doing so.

Our 'Craftsman' status is, as one would imagine, aligned to the exacting standards of a true guild 'Craftsman'. Therefore, to attain this level, we add an increasing level of professional critique to evaluate our members work. In other words we get increasingly 'fussy' and look in detailat all the elements of photographic understanding. Those that achieve this accolade have demonstrated the finest technical skills and an exceptional creative and artistic 'eye'.

Finally, in the same way as when a 'Craftsman' was granted the highest accolade of ‘Master Craftsman’ having created something truly exceptional (their 'masterpiece'), a 'Craftsman' within the Guild of Photographers can only achieve the acknowledgement of being a 'Master Craftsman' by producing their own photographic masterpiece.

Getting the Qualified status with the Guild of Photographers consists of submitting a panel of 21 images taken within the last 2 years with up to a 600 word brief and an application form.
I have been a registered member of the guild of photographers for over three years now and in that time I have put many panels together to try and gain the qualified status but through one reason or another never actually submitting my panels and letting images go out of date until I attended the qualification and portfolio review day a workshop and critique session designed to help get to grips with the qualification and judging process a very informative day that gave me the push to book a mentoring session that helped me prepare and gave me the confidence to submit my panel after an anxious wait I received this wonderful email

Hi Phil,

I hope you are well.

Just to let you know that the panel have judged your submission and I am very pleased to tell you that you have passed congratulations!

Some of the judges also commented that it was a strong submission and that there is potential for you to go further and work towards your Craftsman.

If this is something that you may be considering for the near future then just let me know as having mentoring sessions to help you work towards your Craftsman would be very beneficial.

To say I was delighted is an understatement now I am in the process of booking my first mentoring session and starting my journey towards craftsman status.
Heres my panel,
Feature in Landscape Photography Magazine
04th December 2016 - 0 comments

I have just recieved this e-mail and I am absolutely delighted to Have the above image featured on the Wall of Fame in Landscape photography magazine

Congratulations, a picture/feature you had submitted in the past has been published inside the latest issue of Landscape Photography Magazine (you will not find it on the website).

You can announce the good news through your social media pages if you wish. The link to direct your followers is

We have attached the cover of the latest issue for your records.

Thank you for taking part in our venture.

The LPM Team

A guide to photographing Flamborough Head
21st June 2016 - 1 comment

Flamborough Head is one of the most beautiful areas of coastline on the Yorkshire coast with white chalk cliffs arches and stacks it really is a photographers dream there is plenty of parking available at the Lighthouse, North Landing and Thornwick Bay we will start at the Lighthouse carpark

Location 1
Starting at the lighthouse carpark head east along the public footpath heading towards the coastguard station turn right on to the grass path heading south east taking you to the cliff top follow the cliff top south and you will come across the arch known as the drinking Dinosaur best photographed around high tide
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM, 23mm, ISO 100, f16, 1 second, Hitech 0.6 reverse Grad

Location 2
Head back towards the lighthouse carpark then head north; on the right you will find steps to the beach at Selwicks Bay, once on the beach to the right is a chalk stack a popular location for local photographers especially at low tide
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,17mm, ISO100, f10, 30 seconds Lee 0.9 hard grad

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,20mm,ISO100, f16, 2 minutes, lee 0.6 hard grad and little stopper

Even when the tide is coming in the beach is a beautiful location

Location 3
Back up to the cliff top heading north is a lovely vantage point overlooking Selwicks Bay
Canon EOS 7D, EF17-40mm f/4L USM, 17mm, ISO100, f16,0.8 seconds, 0.6 hard Grad

Location 4
Carry on along the coastal path up along the side of the golf course until you arrive at a ww2 bunker climb on top and from the front left corner is one of my favourite views of Selwicks Bay
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM, 17mm,ISO100,f11,4 minutes, 0.6 hard Grad and big stopper

For the next few locations it is easier to park at North Landing and take the footpath alongside the Caravel pub heading back towards the lighthouse after about a ten minute walk you will arrive at Breil Newk, my favourite location on Flamborough head with three fabulous viewpoints in one

Location 5
From Breil Newk peninsular looking south towards the lighthouse
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,17mm,ISO100,f13,4minutes, 0.6 hard grad

Location 6
From Breil Newk peninsular looking north towards Bempton cliffs a good location for sunset during June, July and August
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,27mm,ISO100,f20,15 seconds,0.6 Hard Grad

Location 7
Queen Rock with Breil Newk on the right
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,17mm,ISO100,f16,238 seconds, Big stopper and 0.9 hard grad

Location 8
Just before you get to North landing there is a bit of cliff called Five arches there is a great view South from here
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,17mm.ISO100,f16,0.4sec and 0.9 Hard Grad

Location 9
Walking back to north landing offers a superb view over the bay
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,27mm,ISO100,f14,239 seconds, big stopper and 0.6 hard grad

Location 10
Drop down onto the beach for the iconic boat shots
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,17mm,ISO100,f16,5 seconds

Location 11
If you head along the coastal path around the Northern edge of north Landing at the most eastern point there is a great view
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,17mm,ISO100,f14,240 seconds

The last car park is at Thornwick Bay if you head out of Flamborough village towards North Landing there is a turn off on the left just before the Viking Hotel this leads to Thornwick bay carpark and Cafe

Location 12
When the road changes to a dirt track there is a field on the left I usually park here because the path to the beach is directly opposite I quite like the view from the top of the WW” bunker at high tide but it’s a great location even at low tide
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,40mm,ISO100,f16,239 seconds, big stopper, 0.9 hard Grad
The Guild of Photographers, Photographers Bar
28th January 2016 - 0 comments
Just recieved this email from Steven Thirsk at the guild of photographers, Made my day


Phil Green

Message body

Congratulations Phil,

On behalf of the Guild of Photographers I am delighted to advise you that as a result of your consistently high standard entries into the Image of the Month Competition you have earned the right to honorary life membership of the 'Photographer's Bar'!

Less than 100 photographers have achieved this in the 3 years since its inception so you are now part of a very distinguished group.

We hope that you are attending the Guild's Awards night on 6th February so we have the privilege of presenting you your well-deserved certification in person.

It is also fair to say that having achieved this you must have one of the higher scores in the Guild's Photographer of the Year Title Chase, and therefore you are a contender to become one of our 'Top 10' photographers in your genre. Who has actually achieved this will be revealed at the Awards Night with the relevant certificates and trophies being presented to those people. It would be great if you could be there!

If you do want to attend the Evening please contact lesley@photoguild in the next few days so we can reserve your place. We will obviously post your certification to you shortly after the event if you cannot be there to celebrate your success.

Below is a press release for your use ... please feel free to tweak it and either use it now or following receipt of your Award.

Once again, please accept our congratulations and good luck in the 2016 competition!

Kind Regards,

(Director - The Guild of Photographers)