Newborn Photographer of the Year!

Newborn Photographer of the Year!

Cheshire photographer Lisa Sumner – winner of international competition!

Local Photographer Lisa Sumner from Little Primrose Photography in Sandbach has gained international recognition by winning several awards including ‘Maternity, Newborn and Baby Photographer of the Year’ with the Guild of Professional Photographers.

The Guild is a prestigious photographic body whose members are committed to achieving the highest standards of professional development. They received over 16,000 entries to its Image of the Month Competition during 2020, from both photographers in the UK, as well as overseas!

Each image is scored, and the scores from the year are then totalled to determine who becomes the Guild’s Photographer of the Year in several different categories. This is clearly a very demanding year long process! For Lisa to win the title is a remarkable achievement when one considers the number and standard of the entries!

In addition, Lisa also scooped ‘Image of the Year in Classical Portraiture’ with a shot of the local legend Bryn Davies from the Nantwich band Mad Dog. The striking black and white image was selected as the Guild’s top portrait photograph of the year out of thousands of entries in that category.

Finally, Lisa went on to be placed in the Top Ten ‘All-Round Photographer of the Year’ category – a most prestigious achievement!

The Awards were announced at a Virtual Awards ceremony on Saturday 6th February 2021.

Steven and Lesley Thirsk (the Directors of the Guild) said – “We are both proud and delighted that Lisa has achieved this recognition after 12 months of submitting the highest quality images. The Guild has very demanding standards when judging photographic competitions. The judging is undertaken by a panel of internationally recognised experts from a variety of photography backgrounds, so Lisa quite rightly should be delighted with her extraordinary achievement”.

On hearing the news Lisa said: ‘I am beyond words to achieve these awards – they mean so much to me and my family. I run a small business and the last year has been such a challenge with my studio closed for the majority of the year and two young children to homeschool. I think the lockdowns pushed my boundaries of creativity and forced me to look hard at my work to find new ways to improve and this has clearly paid off. I adore my job and can’t wait to open again when they government deem it safe to do so – I really miss those gorgeous newborn babies and I feel so sorry for the families of lockdown babies who are missing out on their precious early photographs.’

You can find out more about Lisa’s work at her website and more about the Guild at its website (

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