Qualification with The Guild of Photographers

30th May 2017

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gain the qualified status but through one reason or another never actually submitting my panels and letting images go out of date until I attended the qualification and portfolio review day a workshop and critique session designed to help get to grips with the qualification and judging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,

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