My blog has been given an award. It’s easy to feel flattered by an ‘award’. I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t admit to an initial short-lived ‘high’. But I’m determined to keep my feet firmly rooted to the ground. And that brings me craftily to an image in keeping with those sentiments before I get down to the news about the award. I just can’t write a photoblog without posting an image!
This was taken up high, descending from the Central Summit of the Breithorn (Valais Alps, Switzerland) on a solo climb. On the right is an enormous Cornice hanging over the N Face of the mountain. Fall through that and there is a 3000ft drop, so climbers stay well away from the potential fracture line and tread carefully. Ahead is the next objective – the West Summit.
Back to the award: Linda Grashof very kindly spotted my fledgling blog, saw that it was yet to attract a horde of followers, and wrote to me to offer me a Liebster Award. My sincere thanks to Linda for her kindness for thinking I was a worthy recipient. Do take a look at her blog – Romancing Reality – Linda has a ‘Seeing Eye’ that drives her photography.
The Liebster may be called an award but I think it is more of an encouragement than an award. To receive this award, the main criterion is that recipients must have less than 200 ‘followers’. The Liebster comes with terms and conditions (or rules).
- Thank the person who presented you with the Award.
- Link back to that person (I now follow Linda’s blog).
- Identify five blogs who have less than 200 ‘followers’ who you think deserve to be noticed and offer them a Liebster award, explaining the rules to them. (Make sure they are happy to accept the award).
- Write a post about the Liebster Award. Include the names of the five bloggers to whom you are passing on the Award and include links to their websites. (I now also follow all five blogs).
- Display the Liebster badge on your blog, and pass the badge on to your five selected blogs when they have found their five to which they will pass the Liebster. In other words when they have fulfilled the rules of the award.
At the heart of the Liebster is the idea of encouraging the relatively new Blog that has yet to attract a significant number of followers. That is a good idea – we all need a bit of help and encouragement in the early days. But therein lies the conundrum. If your blog is quite new and you are slowly building up your ‘following’ you may not have found many other newish blogs with few followers. You are more likely to find the established bloggers – at least that has been my experience. [At the end of this post I’ve appended a few additional notes about the Liebster that may be of help to others who are given this award].
I’m very pleased – after quite a lot of searching spread over a number of weeks – to have found five worthy recipients to whom I am pleased to pass the Liebster Award. In no particular order they are:
Places, Colors, Flavors. Leo’s Blog is a combination of excellent color photography of the world around us plus another ingredient that you might guess from the Blog’s title – Superb Food Photography. An unusual mix but it works really well. Leo is a graphic designer and his skills are very evident in the presentation. Some posts are in Italian but don’t let that put you off – this is a site well worth visiting and I’m delighted to bring his work to a wider audience.
Photobypawelp. Pawel is a talented photographer who is equally good at photographing people or capturing distinctive moody landscapes. His blog includes galleries of his work. His recent posts have included some gritty B&W candid street photography that is high-class work. Do take a look at his blog.
The other three are all from the UK. It gives me particular pleasure to recommend three photographers from my own country who all merit a wider audience for their work.
Athyfotographic. Frank’s photography covers a broad spectrum of styles and genres, and he demonstrates clearly the concept of distilling the image out of the picture. He has his own particular way of viewing the world that chimes closely with my own. And that’s why I love it. Make sure you view his blog.
Walking with a Smacked Pentax – subtitled ‘A Photographic Journey through Yorkshire and the Lake District’. James is a man I envy: living in the North of England within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. You only need to glance at the banner on James’s blog to realize that this is a Landscape photographer who understands light. Time spent on this site is going to reward you with some superb images of an area that clearly he is passionate about.
Tales from the Hills. Pete is a walker, hiker and writer – a man after my own heart. On the pages of this blog and his other related blogs (accessed from the About page) you will find stories, routes to follow, travelogues and images about hills and mountains across the UK and Europe, and a couple from New Zealand. If you share his love of the great outdoors you will find plenty to enjoy on this blog. I love these pages because I have visited many of the Alpine places that Pete refers to and it is refreshing to see them through the work of another writer and photographer.
A footnote or two on the Liebster.