Professional Photographer magazine played a big role in putting the seed of the idea of becoming a professional photographer into my head back when I was at school, so in a roundabout sort of way it's partly responsible for my photography career. I still an avid reader and look forward to it dropping through my letter box every month, and so it's a real honour to be asked to judge their annual photography competition.
The Professional Photographer of the Year awards have been running for a long time now, and this year I was one of five judges picked from the UK's best photographers and industry experts.
Professional Photographer have announced the category winners and there are some great shots in there - I'm especially pleased with the quality of the pictures that were submitted for the weddings, street photography and student categories that I judged.
Congratulations to the winners and runners up!