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Category Archives: Photography Awards
November 30, 2017Posted by on
I wrote about the awards season and missed this one. Thanks to The Guardian I was alerted to these rather excellent images. I don’t know anything about the organisers LensCulture except this street photography award. I think you only have to look at these images to wonder why you don’t pick up your camera and head to the streets.
From intimate personal narratives to teeming markets and the world from a dog’s perspective, the LensCulture street photography awards celebrate the explosion in popularity of the form over the past decade
November 27, 2017Posted by on
It is said this is the season to be merry, I know, whoever said that was mistaken, but it seems to me this is the season to be inundated with the outcome of photography competitions and awards. In the past I have produced separate posts on each but I have decided to roll them into one this time as it does all get a bit boring otherwise.
Nature Photographer of the Year National Geographic
This one is always a winner
November 16, 2017Posted by on
It is that time of year again when the various organisations hand out prizes for ‘best ofs’. I am rather conflicted by the whole process of photographic, or in fact any creative activity, held up to competition. I am never sure what wins is worthy nor that the winners are understood as the photographer intended. Many of these photography competitions stretch the idea of photography such that images grabbed from Google Streetview have been awarded prizes in the past. However, I can also accept that competition can push some photographers to achieve much better and that is to be lauded
The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize is one that always provides much room for debate about the value of the winning entries. Once all you needed was a redheaded subject holding an animal, this year the portrait that one third prize is of an android.
This is the overall winner and many would argue that it is deserved.
Sean O’Hagan in The Guardian, always a reliable critic says:
A handful of politicians, several refugees, various awkward adolescents, two skinheads, the inevitable young girl holding a furry animal and, breaking with tradition, an android – it’s the Taylor Wessing time of year again
This year’s photographic portrait prize, the first to allow digital submissions as well as prints, draws 59 images from 5,717 entries. As a show, it hangs together pretty well, not always the case in the past. The overall standard seems higher, there are fewer celebrities – always a good thing – and most of the portraits of refugees and asylum-seekers tend towards the intimate rather than the concerned.
The exhibition he mentions is at the NPG
16 November 2017 to 8 February 2018
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is the leading international photographic portrait competition, celebrating and promoting the very best in contemporary portrait photography.
The Prize has established a reputation for creativity and excellence, with works submitted by a range of photographers, from leading professionals to talented amateurs and the most exciting emerging artists.
The selected images, many of which will be on display for the first time, explore both traditional and contemporary approaches to the photographic portrait whilst capturing a range of characters, moods and locations. The exhibition of fifty-nine works features all of the prestigious prize winners including the winner of the £15,000 first prize.
Second Prize Winner
Third Prize Winner
All the major papers and photographic sources have reviews on this, take your pick
February 5, 2017Posted by on
IGOPTY is an annual competition to find the great images of plants and gardens from photographers around the world. If you have any interest in this area of photography then this web site and the associated exhibition is an absolute must for you. The images are universally beautiful and engaging; you ask yourself if it is this easy, it is photography in a garden, why can’t I do it. I guess it is about a great understanding of the use of your camera, huge amounts of patience, the desire to be there at the best moment and attention to detail. We can help with the camera bit with our courses on understanding your camera and with help on improving your composition and the use of software to make the most of your images we can help too. However the getting up before dawn to be in the right place at the right time that is up to you. To see the full gallery of winning and placed images go here to the IGOPTY site
The winner is
This late autumn photo – from Snowdonia National Park in North Wales – has been crowned the overall winner of the 10th annual International Garden Photographer of the Year competition.
Taken by Lee Acaster, and entitled Left, this stark image won the Trees, Woods and Forests category – and then beat thousands of other entries to win the top spot.
Garden designer Chris Beardshaw – one of the competition judges – says the photo “perfectly encapsulates both the extremes of fortune and personality of these giants”.
While Clare Foggett – who edits The English Garden Magazine – says the image “draws the viewer in, to reveal the still surface of the lake behind. It demands closer inspection”.
If you wish you can see these and many more on the BBC website that has a major feature on the competition and winners
The exhibition is toured and here are dates
|November 1st 2016 – Feb 28th 2017||The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester, ENGLAND||9||Outdoor selection from Competition 9|
|January 14th – March 5th||National Trust Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens, ENGLAND||9||Indoor exhibition, competition 9|
|January 21st – March 1st 2017||Willis Museum Gallery, Basingstoke, ENGLAND||9||Indoor exhibition, competition 9|
|Feb 4th – March 12th 2017||Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London, ENGLAND||10||IGPOTY Annual launch ceremony – winners of Competition 10 [indoor exhibition] announced to the public.|
|March 24th – June 18th 2017||de Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS||10||Outdoor selection from Competition 10|
|April 1st – June 4th 2017||RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Rettendon, ENGLAND||10||Outdoor selection from Competition 10|
|April 1st – November 15th 2017||The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, Merano, South Tyrol, ITALY||10||Outdoor exhibition, competition 10|
|April 1st – November 15th 2017||Gibraltar Botanic Gardens (The Alameda), GIBRALTAR||10||Outdoor exhibition, competition 10|
|August 28th – October 29th 2017||National Trust Sheringham Park, Norfolk, ENGLAND||10||Outdoor exhibition, competition 10|
November 16, 2016Posted by on
I know you have been waiting for this, now the winner has been announced
FIRST PRIZE: Claudio Rasano
Katlehong Matsenen 2016 from the series Similar Uniforms: We Refuse to Compare by Claudio Rasano, February 2016
© Claudio Rasano
First Prize: £15,000
Swiss-Italian photographer Claudio Rasano was born in 1970, Basel, Switzerland. The portrait, which is part of the series Similar Uniforms: We Refuse to Compare was taken in Johannesburg, South Africa and focuses on issues of preserving individuality in the context of school uniforms. The photograph was shot in daylight, outdoors and in front of a plain white paper background. The sitter for this particular pigment print is eighteen year old Katlehong Matsenen.
any comments about school photography gratefully accepted
October 24, 2016Posted by on
The Take A View Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 awards have now been given out. Landscape photography is such a popular subject area, maybe only second to Wildlife Photographer of The Year in terms of awards interest. This year there are again a wide range of images covering many different areas of what is called landscape and most people would find something they like. Here are some
This picture of the starlings off the cost at Brighton is the overall winner
October 19, 2016Posted by on
It is that time of year when the various award and competitions in photography announce their winners. This is always a very popular award with many different sections. The images are universally remarkable and express the dedication and technical skill of the winners.
Images from both professional and amateur photographers are selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity.
Swedish photographer Mats Andersson triumphed in the black-and-white category with his touching photo of an owl mourning the death of its partner, taken in a forest near his home in Bashult, southern Sweden.
Other winners included Luis Javier Sandoval, from Mexico, with his photo of a playful California sea lion pup for the Impressions category. And Ganesh H Shankar, from India, with his image of a rose-ringed parakeet harassing a monitor lizard.
The exhibition opens at the Natural History Museum on October 21, before touring across the UK
You can book tickets for the exhibition
September 23, 2016Posted by on
View the spectacular images by the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners for each category, the Young Competition, as well as our Robotic Scope prize and Sir Patrick Moore for Best Newcomer prize winners. These pictures capture all manner of celestial spectacles: moons, stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae and some of the great astronomical events of the last year.
|Opening hours:||Daily 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm)|
|Transport:||Rail: Cutty Sark/Greenwich DLR|
September 20, 2016Posted by on
The Taylor Wessing portrait prize is one of this country’s premier photography awards. It is always controversial with those outside the art firmament. If your idea of a portrait is something that flatters the subject then the annual winners of this award will disappoint you. Long ago I gave up trying to understand or justify the shortlist and winners and so now like just to alert you to what is coming in Taylor Wessing world.
Three photographers have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. The prize winners and the winner of the John Kobal New Work Award will be announced at an award ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday 15 November 2016.
The Guardian is one of the outlets that regularly features TW and so this article and images come from there
The shortlisted photographs were chosen from 4,303 submissions entered by 1,842 photographers from 61 countries.
The annual prize, which began in 1993, is considered one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world and is judged anonymously. It is open to professional and amateur photographers.
After the winner of the £15,000 prize is announced on 15 November, the shortlisted works will form part of a wider prize show at the National Portrait Gallery between 17 November and 26 February.
Nicholas Cullinan, the director of the gallery, said: “In an exhibition remarkable for its range of subjects and styles, the quality of this year’s shortlisted works reflects the outstanding level at which photographers across the world are working today.”
You can read the Guardian article herehere is a link to the NPG and exhibition details
here are some links to previous Taylor Wessing Awards
September 17, 2016Posted by on
The Guardian has a good tradition of showing photography, it comes in many guises and not all of it is good in the traditional terms, these pictures of weather are that, pictures of weather. I know the British are endlessly interested in the weather but it is just rain and clouds and colours, anyway here are some pictures and links
see more here