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Garden Photographer of The Year

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

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Volker Michael – Finalist First Rays Jistrum, Friesland, The Netherlands

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Rosanna Castrini – Commended The Ring Piedmont, Italy

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Jianjun Huang – Commended Charming Dongjiang Guangdong Province, China

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Lili Gao – Finalist Waiting Dandong City, Liaoning Province, China

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Stefano Coltelli – Commended Plitvice Falls The Plitvice Lakes National Park, Plitvicka Jezera, Croatia

The winner is

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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

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The exhibition is toured and here are dates

Venue Exhibition Photographs
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

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016

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

Damian Ward Caister-on-Sea, taken at the town in Norfolk, won the Adobe prize Photograph: Damian Ward/PA

Damian Ward
Caister-on-Sea, taken at the town in Norfolk, won the Adobe prize
Photograph: Damian Ward/PA

Martin Birks Chrome Hill, taken in the Peak District, Derbyshire, won the Living the View award Photograph: Martin Birks/PA

Martin Birks
Chrome Hill, taken in the Peak District, Derbyshire, won the Living the View award
Photograph: Martin Birks/PA

Mark Gilligan Finding Gold, taken in Wast Water in Cumbria, which won the Great Britain #OMGB ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ award Photograph: Mark Gilligan/PA

Mark Gilligan
Finding Gold, taken in Wast Water in Cumbria, which won the Great Britain #OMGB ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ award
Photograph: Mark Gilligan/PA

Rachael Talibart Maelstrom, Storm Imogen, taken at Newhaven, East Sussex, won the Sunday Times Magazine award Photograph: Rachael Talibart/PA

Rachael Talibart
Maelstrom, Storm Imogen, taken at Newhaven, East Sussex, won the Sunday Times Magazine award
Photograph: Rachael Talibart/PA

Hannah Faith Jackson Mirror Bar, taken in Glasgow, won the young landscape photographer of the year award Photograph: Hannah Faith Jackson/PA

Hannah Faith Jackson
Mirror Bar, taken in Glasgow, won the young landscape photographer of the year award
Photograph: Hannah Faith Jackson/PA

This picture of the starlings off the cost at Brighton is the overall winner

Matthew Cattell Starling Vortex, taken in Brighton, East Sussex, won the landscape photographer of the year award Photograph: Matthew Cattell/PA

Matthew Cattell
Starling Vortex, taken in Brighton, East Sussex, won the landscape photographer of the year award
Photograph: Matthew Cattell/PA

Tony Higginson Shifting Sands, taken in Silverdale, Lancashire, which won the Your View award Photograph: Tony Higginson/PA

Tony Higginson
Shifting Sands, taken in Silverdale, Lancashire, which won the Your View award
Photograph: Tony Higginson/PA

Here is a list of all of the winners

Have a look at last years winners here

 

 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016

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.

This image won the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 award, and depicts an endangered young male orangutan climbing a 100-foot high tree in the Gunung Palung National Park, Indonesia

This image won the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 award, and depicts an endangered young male orangutan climbing a 100-foot high tree in the Gunung Palung National Park, Indonesia

Indian photographer Ganesh H Shankar won the Birds category for capturing a rose-ringed parakeet kicking a Bengal monitor lizard out of its roosting hole, a campaign that lasted two days before the lizard squatter gave up

Indian photographer Ganesh H Shankar won the Birds category for capturing a rose-ringed parakeet kicking a Bengal monitor lizard out of its roosting hole, a campaign that lasted two days before the lizard squatter gave up

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.

Luis Javier Sandoval, from Mexico, won the Impressions category for his tricky underwater photo of a playful California sea lion pup grabbing a starfish near shore break at sunrise in Espiritu Santo Island near La Paz Baja California Sur, Mexico

Luis Javier Sandoval, from Mexico, won the Impressions category for his tricky underwater photo of a playful California sea lion pup grabbing a starfish near shore break at sunrise in Espiritu Santo Island near La Paz Baja California Sur, Mexico

Winner of the urban category was Nayan Khanolkar, who captured a solitary leopard slinking down an alleyway in a suburb of Mumbai bordering Sanjay Gandhi national park, where the Warli tribe has learned to co-exist with the nocturnal big cats

Winner of the urban category was Nayan Khanolkar, who captured a solitary leopard slinking down an alleyway in a suburb of Mumbai bordering Sanjay Gandhi national park, where the Warli tribe has learned to co-exist with the nocturnal big cats

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The exhibition opens at the Natural History Museum on October 21, before touring across the UK

Gideon Knight, 16, from the UK, won the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year title for his poetic image of a moonlit crow on a sycamore tree , a sight he described as reminding him of 'something out of a fairy tale'

Gideon Knight, 16, from the UK, won the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year title for his poetic image of a moonlit crow on a sycamore tree , a sight he described as reminding him of ‘something out of a fairy tale’

You can book tickets for the exhibition

  • 21 October 2016 – 10 September 2017
  • South Kensington
  • Adult £10.50 – £13.50
    Child and concession £6.50 – £8
    Family £27 – £36.90

Master Of Photography 2

You may not be aware of the TV program Master of Photography, it is on the Sky channel. I have only seen one episode so cannot really comment about it much but it is a sort of reality tv contest like so many others but based on photography rather than food. So they are looking for people to apply for a second series, I received this email:

We are producing the second season of Sky Arts  Master of Photography, the first European TV talent contest open both to professional and amateur photographers.

We would like to inform you that the online casting session for the Sky Arts Master of Photography is open.

The competition has been created by the Sky Arts Production Hub, a commissioning and production centre of excellence dedicated to creating quality arts programmes for Sky’s 21 million customers across the UK and Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria.

An international committee of photography and art experts will select the final line-up of 12 contestants, who will compete for the title of Best New European Photographer and the biggest prize ever offered in a European photography competition:€150,000.

Aspiring contestants can submit entries for the competition from Wednesday 14th September till Monday 31st October 2016 via the show’s website,www.masterofphotography.tv .  Applicants must complete the form and supply a portfolio containing between 5 and 10 photographs choosing from one of the following styles: portraiture, reportage, landscape, urban, commercial (e.g. food or fahion), conceptual , along with a brief video presentation (only english spoken required; maximum length 2 minutes).

The show official language is English; the contestants will need an excellent understanding of English both spoken and written.

The deadline for the submissions is Monday 31st October 2016

Over the course of 8 weeks, we will test the creativity, instinct and versatility of our 12 contestants. Each of our photographers will receive guidance from world-class photographers and experts.

We would like to invite you to spread this call to action to your students (18 years old or older) and/or teaching staff.

For any further information, please contact us.

Thank you for your attention and kind cooperation.

British Life Photography awards

This is an early starter for the awards season. I found this on the BBC website

A picture of people photographing the summer solstice at Stonehenge is the winner of this year’s British Life Photography award. The image, titled Past Present, was taken by Elena Marimon Munoz and triumphed in the Brits on Holiday category.

The competition, which aims to showcase “the essence and spirit of British life”, was open to both amateur and professional photographers.

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“By the time the sun started to rise above the stones, hundreds, if not thousands of people, had gathered inside the stone circle, phones and cameras up in the air ready to record the magical moment,” says Marimon Munoz. “In the picture, I wanted to capture the mixture of ancient history and modern technology, fused together – past and present.”

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Street Life Winner: Sam Mellish

“I was out in east London documenting the streets. Walking along Holywell Lane, famous for street graffiti, I stumbled across this team freshly designing a unique urban fresco,” says Mellish.

“I really like the symmetry between the artists in relation to the characters they are painting.”

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Portraiture Winner: Claudia Janke

“George, 84, has lived in this flat for 42 years. He shared it with his sister Doris until she was moved into a care home. George has also moved into new accommodation as a result of a regeneration programme.

“This image was part of an installation challenging common prejudices about people living on council estates, as well as exploring the sense of loss and gain that irreversible change brings with it,” says Janke.

See more here

An exhibition of some of the best work that was entered for the 2015 BLPA competition runs from 7 – 13 March 2016 at Mall Galleries, London. British Life Photography Awards Portfolio 2 is published by Dewi Lewis Publishing

International garden photographer of the year – in pictures

From the Guardian

The international garden photographer of the year in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, have announced the winners of their annual photography competition

The overall winning entry was of Tekapo lupins taken by Richard Bloom Photograph: Richard Bloom/IGPOTY

The overall winning entry was of Tekapo lupins taken by Richard Bloom
Photograph: Richard Bloom/IGPOTY

Patrizia Piga’s masterly still life of harvested plants and vegetables Photograph: Patrizia Piga/IGPOTY

Patrizia Piga’s masterly still life of harvested plants and vegetables
Photograph: Patrizia Piga/IGPOTY

Christine Blanchin dos Santos snapped this collection of seed pods Photograph: Christine Blanchin dos Santos/IGPOTY

Christine Blanchin dos Santos snapped this collection of seed pods
Photograph: Christine Blanchin dos Santos/IGPOTY

A close-up of a giant poppy by Stuart Hall Photograph: Stuart Hall/IGPOTY

A close-up of a giant poppy by Stuart Hall
Photograph: Stuart Hall/IGPOTY

See more from the Guardian Gallery here

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International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world’s premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography.

International Garden Photographer of the Year is wholly owned and organised by Garden World Images Ltd.

It is run in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom. The main exhibition is held annually at Kew, with a rolling programme of touring exhibitions in the UK and all over the world. Exhibitions are linked to events such as workshops and lectures on garden photography.

Exhibition dates

February 13th – April 29th 2016 NT Hanbury Hall, Droitwich, Worcestershire, ENGLAND 8 Indoor Competition 8
February 6th – 13th March 2016 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, ENGLAND 9 Competition 9 Winners Revealed To Public ~ Winners and finalists from Competition 9
March 4th – 28th 2016 RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Rettendon, Chelmsford, ENGLAND. 8 Indoor selection from Competition 8
April 12th – September 19th 2016 de Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS 9 Outdoor selection from Competition 9
April 23rd – June 26th 2016 Sunderland Museum, ENGLAND. 9 Indoor selection from Exhibition 9
April 23rd – 28th August 2016 Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, ENGLAND 9 Winners from Competition 9
May 29th – September 3rd 2016 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, ENGLAND 9 Outdoor exhibition, winners from ‘Captured at Kew’ category
May 28th – 7th August 2016 Garden Society of Gothenburg, SWEDEN 9 Competition 9
28th June – 6th September 2016 NT Sheringham Park, Norfolk, ENGLAND 9 Outdoor exhibition, competition 9
October (tbc)- December (tbc) 2016
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton, ENGLAND
9 Indoor exhibition, competition 9
September TBC 2016 – January TBC 2017 Falkirk Community Trust, SCOTLAND 2,3,4,5,7,8 Mixed indoor selection from comps; 2,3,4,5,7,8

 

 

Environmental Photographer of the Year 2015

The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film.  Honouring amateurs and professionals of all ages, it provides an opportunity for photographers to share images of environmental and social issues with international audiences, and to enhance our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality.

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Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year winner – Uttam Kamati, Watering Melon, Teesta Riverbed, India, 2014.

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Atkins Cityscape Prize winner – Michael Theodoric, Enjoy, Jakarta, 2014

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Atkins CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year winner – Bhar Dipayan, Families living under the bridge, India, 2014

2015 UK Mountain Photo of the Year.

I had never heard of this competition and given the difficulties involved it attracted rather less entries than many of the other POTY awards I have been featuring recently, this I found on the BBC website

Edinburgh resident Paul Brett has won Trail Magazine’s

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Paul Brett beat off competition from more than 500 others to win first prize

After pausing to take the photograph, he rejoined a friend to finish an ascent of Britain’s highest mountain.

On the way up he slipped and had to use his ice axe to arrest a potentially dangerous slide down the peak. 

He told Trail: “It was a perfect spring day with no wind.

“After cresting the summit of Carn Dearg Meadhonach we were rewarded with this amazing view. My friend was already heading up Carn Mor Dearg, which really helped give an amazing sense of scale to the scene.”

He added: “I had to use the pick of my ice axe to stop myself sliding down the mountain on the push to the summit of Ben Nevis, which was very scary at the time – but it was good to know I had the knowledge to do what was needed.”

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Snowdon, Snowdonia, by Dave Atkinson

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Glyder Fawr, Snowdonia, by Robin Shaw

See more of these mountain images here

Sony world photography awards 2015

In April we had the  Sony world photography awards 2015

The Guardian’s gallery of the winning images included these

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Untitled, from the series Aerial Views Adria, by Bernhard Lang, GermanyAerial photographs of the Adriatic coastline between Ravenna and Rimini, Italy, photographed in August 2014. The colourful umbrellas create amazing geometric patterns which contrast dramatically with the golden sand

Winner, travel

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Mt Kenya, 1963, by Simon Norfolk, UKThese fire lines I have drawn with a pyrograph indicate where the front of the rapidly disappearing Lewis Glacier on Mt Kenya was at various times in the recent past. In the distance, a harvest moon lights the doomed glacier remnant; the gap between the fire and ice represents the relentless melting. Relying on old maps and modern GPS I have made a stratified history of the glacier’s retreat. This flame line shows the glacier’s location in 1963

Winner, landscape

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Untitled, from the series Solar Portraits in Myanmar, by Ruben Salgado Escudero, Spain
Mg Ko, 20 years old, a Shan farmer with his cow in Lui Pan Sone village, Kayah state, Myanmar. Just 26% of the country’s population, at least half of whom live in cities, have access to the electrical grid. Small, inexpensive photovoltaic power systems provide households with 12 hours of light overnight. These portraits depict the lives of inhabitants of remote areas of Myanmar who, for the first time, have access to electricity through solar power

Winner, portraiture

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Intimate Room in Targsor Penitentiary, Romania, 2011, by Cosmin Bumbutz, RomaniaOnce Romania joined the EU in 2007, the whole prison system went through a major revamp. The biggest reform was to introduce the right to private visits. A prisoner who is married or in a relationship has the right to receive, every three months, a two-hour private visit which takes place in a separate room inside the prison compound. I started photographing the private rooms in 2008 and I have now photographed the private rooms inside all 35 Romanian penitentiaries

Winner, architecture

You can see the winners on The Guardian site

here is the Sony World Photography site

International Garden Photographer of the Year 2015

Back in the winter the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2015 award announced it’s winners. The Guardian had an article and gallery of the images

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The Ballerinas by Magdalena Wasiczek. Overall Winner
‘This stunning image of Hydrangea petiolaris is a worthy winner of IGPOTY. What I particularly like about the shot is the way the photographer has melted the rich purples and oranges of the hydrangea into the out of focus background, creating a delicious melange of colours. The focus on the single delicate hydrangea flower is spot on, creating a striking and unusual winter portrait,’ said Clive Nichols, IGPOTY judge

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Parallelism by Jefflin Ling, first place in the Monochrome Photo Projects category

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Vineyards, by Albert Ceolan. Winner of the Bountiful Earth category

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You can see more of the gallery here

Here is a link to the IGPOTY site