Alison soars above the competition!

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A Monifieth snapper has reached the finals of a fiercely contested and prestigious national photographic competition with her high flying entry.

Alison Craven has been shortlisted in the Guild of Photographers Image of the Year Competition, thanks to her stunning picture of the Red Arrows in flight.

The Guild is a highly respected UK based association for photographers which has members from overseas as well. Each year it runs an online monthly photographic competition with awards being given each month to the very best of the entries.

During the course of 2015, the competition attracted nearly 10,000 entries in four categories, and this week the Guild’s Judges have selected just 10 images in the various genres from the very best of the monthly entries, to go forward to the annual Final.

Guild Director Lesley Thirsk said: “To have an image recognised by the Guild in the monthly competition is difficult enough, so to have an image selected as being one of the best 10 in a category for the end of year Final is a quite remarkable achievement, and shows just how talented a photographer Alison Craven is.

A delighted Alison said: “I love photography and put a lot of effort into developing my skills. One way I do that is through constant training and by entering the Guild’s competition. It drives forward photography standards month after month so it helps me push myself. The images I see getting awards each month are inspirational, so knowing just how high those standards are, to have one of my images selected as one of only 10 to go through to the Final from the whole year’s entries is really, really amazing. I couldn’t believe it when I found out.”

Alison’s image along with the others will now be printed ready for the final later in January, and the overall winner will be announced at a lavish awards night in a magnificent Jacobean mansion in Cheshire on February 6.

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To find out more about Alison Craven visit her website