A Whitley Bay photographer who specialises in newborn and baby portraits has been named among the world’s top 10.

Tina Stobbs was named in the international top ten photographers by the Guild of Photographers.

Tina travelled to Crewe to receive her award, in the category of babies and bumps, alongside some of the UK’s most highly respected photographers.

While at the Guild of Photographer’s Annual Awards ceremony, Tina was also awarded the Photographer’s Bar for the third year running (an award that recognises outstanding consistency throughout the year) and came runner up in the Baby and Toddler Image of the Year award.

The Guild of Photographers is the trade association of professional photographers in the UK and the competition for image of the month and image of the year attracts entrants from all over the world, with only the highest quality images achieving recognition from the Guild.

“The Guild receives thousands of image submissions each month across all of the categories,” explains Tina. “In the babies category alone, they receive between 1,500 and 2,000 images per month and only 10 of those receive a silver award. There were a very small number of gold awards given out for the whole year in my category so I’m over the moon to have received 12 silver awards during 2018.”

Tina has loved photography since she was a young girl, growing up in New Zealand. Since setting up her photography business back in 2014, she has developed her speciality of newborn and babies, investing in specialist training, top of the range equipment and a vast array of props and clothing.

“It’s no secret that I love my job. Working with young families and capturing precious moments in the first few days of a baby’s life is a real privilege – and one I take very seriously,” continued Tina. “Having my hard work recognised by my trade association in this way is an incredible feeling.”

Claire Elliott is a judge for the Guild of Photographers: “Achieving the Bar for a third consecutive year, as Tina has, is an amazing achievement. It demonstrates her incredible commitment to maintaining an extremely high standard of newborn and baby photography. I’ve known Tina for a number of years and there’s no doubt she’s one of the best, most committed baby and toddler photographers, not only in the UK, but on a world stage too.”