Blog Post January 2016 by Wendy Dobing

Posted on January 02, 2016 at 10:12 AM

  A bit of success

I have had a few small bits of success which I am really proud of. I'm documenting it here :)

In May 2015 I had three images selected as part of the Amateur Photographer Citylife Billboard Competition. The competition guidelines were to submit your best pictures that could fit into to any of these categories: The People, The Views, The Animals and The Details.

The judging panel picked 60 winning images that were shown in major rail hubs nationwide including Euston, King's Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, St Pancras, Victoria and Waterloo in London as well as Glasgow, Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Newcastle, Nottingham and York. They were also showcased across retail screens including major shopping destinations such as Bluewater, Birmingham Bullring, St David's Cardiff, Liverpool One and Eldon Square Newcastle. They were displayed from Monday 4th May to Sunday 31st May 2015 on JCDecaux digital screens. (I noticed that one of mine was still showing in London Railway Stations in September 2015).

This is the first photography competition I have won! This achievement was also featured in the Surrey Comet and also the Kingston Guardian, published online and in hard copy. According to Amateur Photographer Magazine, the 60 winning photos reached 40% of the population!

A photo I took in August 2014 of the Kingston Regatta was selected by the magazine "Surrey Life" and published in September 2014. Then, in January 2015 it was framed and exhibited at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey. This is a personal achievement for me, the first time I have had a photograph selected and published to the general public. Of course, I'm quite proud so I thought I'd document it here.

Another acheivement for January 2015 was John Lewis contacting me to ask for the use one of my photos for their website! It's a panorama of the Kingston-Upon-Thames store, which also happens to be one of their flagship stores. Of course, I said yes!

I've also had a number of images published by the online magazine The Londonist and also TimeOut.