Kari Sellars Photography was awarded an Honourable Mention
for one her child portraits by the
International Monochrome Awards 2019

Earlier this week, I received an email from the Monochrome Awards – an international photography competition honouring the best in black and white (monochromatic) photography.

I submitted three of my child portraiture images into the competition, which attracted 5,600 submissions, from 89 countries across the globe. The email was announcing the winners of their 2019 awards.

I skimmed over the email, feeling a noticeable weight of disappointment that my photographs obviously hadn’t made the grade, then clicked on the link to see
who the lucky prize winners were. . .

Now, don’t get me wrong – I am unbelievably proud of the photographs I create for myself and my clients, but photography is a tough, competitive profession to be in, particularly when you’re a born perfectionist. And whilst I do the very best I can and constantly strive for improvement – those closest to me will tell you that this perfectionism also results in a sometimes unrelenting, nagging belief that no matter what I do, it’ll never be quite good enough.

So believe me when I say that it had taken an enormous amount of bravery for me to bite the bullet and submit three of my images to this auspicious competition – and I certainly wasn’t expecting to be given any recognition. It was more of a ‘face the fear and fight it’ moment for me – accompanied by a big chunk of hope.

Then, there is was, staring back at me – ‘Suburban Warrior’. . . my photograph, my creation, right there amongst the work of talented, professional photographers from all over the world!

I’d been awarded an honourable mention for my portrait!

I couldn’t contain my excitement and had to keep checking the website – to make sure I hadn’t dreamt it all.

It’s like the feeling I get when I’ve delivered a client’s gallery and they respond with a text or email saying they absolutely love them. . . pure gold and one of my proudest photography moments to date.