A PHOTOGRAPHER from the Forest of Dean has been recognised by the “creme de la creme” of the photographic world after being awarded a prestigious gold medal in an international competition.

Emma Davies, who is a member of Forest of Dean Camera Club (FODCC), recently entered a competition in Guatemala called ‘Pacaya 2022’ as part of her bid to achieve international accreditation from the Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP).

And her black and white photo ‘Hat and Coat’, which was taken at a regular FODCC night and features local model Rob Baker, picked up the gold medal in the mono class of the competition, seeing off a total of 782 other entrants from 44 countries ranging from Australia to Vietnam.

Emma’s win comes as part of a huge challenge to see her photographs accepted in 30 different international competitions, or salons, to achieve the renowned FIAP accreditation.

She explained: “I am looking to achieve my EFIAP (Excellence, Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique) after gaining my ‘AFIAP’(Artist) 2 years ago.

“To achieve this, you must have achieved 250 acceptances with 50 different photos in 30 different salons spread over 20 different countries.

“You also need to submit a portfolio of 5 pictures all with acceptances and 2 of these 5 must have awards in different salons and countries.”

‘Hat and Coat’ was taken using the camera club’s own studio lights, with other members and Rob working together to create their own interpretations during the session.

Emma added: “I have been lucky enough to get over 10 acceptances with this image including 2 diplomas and now a gold medal.

“I love working in black and white and have other medals and awards for my work”.

As a thank you for his part in Emma’s success, Rob was invited back to the club last Monday, and Emma presented him with a framed copy of the photograph which won her international recognition.

She also brought along her diploma to inspire other club members.