Lancashire Photographer Karen Riches wins International Pet Photographer of the Year for Dog Photography!

Lancashire Photographer Karen Riches wins International Pet Photographer of the Year with the Guild of Photographers! In addition to this prestigious title she has also placed in the Top Ten for Baby & Toddlers.

Steven Thirsk, (Director of the Guild of Photographers) explains…

The Guild of Photographers is a highly regarded national photographic body, with members from across the UK and overseas. Each year it runs an Image of the Month Competition, (which received over 16,000 entries during 2020). Images each month are scored and the scores from the year are then totalled. These scores then determine who wins the Guild’s Photographer of the Year. This is clearly a very demanding year and long process! Karen’s achievements are quite remarkable, when one considers the number and standard of the entries!

Karen says…

“I love photography and always strive to create the best images I can for my customers. The Guild of Photographers competition has fuelled my creativity. They demand very high standards and entering drives forward the standard of images I create, in order to succeed. Last year I won second place in pets, but with the continually rising standard, of the thousands of images entered, I never dreamed I would win! To have achieved the top title and win International Pet Photographer of the Year is incredible, for me and my studio in Leyland, Lancashire”

The studio

Karen’s studio is in an amazing location, right in the heart of Leyland’s Worden Park, nestled in the Old Gardener’s Cottage. This idyllic setting, surrounding by gorgeous landscape, visiting families and dog walkers, is the perfect place for a photography studio. It’s here that Karen has been creating award winning images since 2008.

Steven Thirsk of the Guild says he’s “both proud and delighted that Karen has achieved this recognition, after 12 months of submitting the highest quality images. Judging is undertaken by a panel of internationally recognised experts, from a variety of photographic backgrounds, so Karen should, quite rightly, be delighted with her extraordinary achievements”.

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