Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017 Competition

Its that time of year again, in fact it is the 11th year results of the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition have been announced, along with publication of the book containing all the winners, highly commended and commended. It is always a joyous collection of some of the best landscape photographs from amateurs and professionals. That does come with a caveat; not everyone agrees with those chosen and surprisingly to say even at the short-listing phase in early August much hubris was spouted across various social media outlets. Probably best if I keep my thoughts to myself.

All forms of art are judged subjectively once those with technical flaws are discounted; what one person may think is fabulous another may not. I know of one successful image this year which had been discounted last year: different judges, different perspective. In any case how many people run in the London Marathon? Hundreds of thousands yet there are few winners, (male, female and para) but I bet the rest are thrilled just to have taken part and crossed the line. This is how I think one should react to photo competitions. From my perspective I have had far more rejects than successes but it just spurs me on.

This year I was lucky enough to have two entries short-listed but it was only two days that I received the good news that ‘Frost & Fog’ had been commended and would be in the annual book, published yesterday. So pleased. So pleased to be amongst outstanding work from many fabulous photographers.

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A cold, foggy and frosty morning back in January found me wandering Danbury Common in Essex looking for suitable compositions in conditions heaven sent for the likes of me. I was spoilt for choice. What attracted me to this composition? The first element I noticed was the finely frosted grasses, from there the rich colour of the bracken in the foreground helped the grasses stand out. My gaze worked through the composition with the fog-shrouded trees in the background seeming to continue drawing my vision up and through the image. It was just then about ensuring I had composed correctly. I did have in mind at the time outputting the image as a square, one of my favourite formats.

A fellow photographer whose work and opinion I greatly admire did observe earlier today that ‘Frost & Fog’ had ‘compositional echoes to my previous LPOTY success’, ‘Winter’ in 2014. Quite correct, although at the time of shooting it is fair to say this was achieved more by accident than design. Perhaps though a recognisable style is emerging. That would be good.

I will have ‘Frost & Fog’ in print at my only remaining 2017 event, namely The Made in Essex Show as part of RHS Garden Hyde Hall Christmas Show on 2nd and 3rd of December. Of course you do not have to wait until then. If you interested in acquiring a print of ‘Frost & Fog’ please do not hesitate to get in touch and let me know your requirement; size, media and so forth. Print, mounted or framed, Acrylic or even a canvas. If you would like to have a print available to collect at Hyde hall in December please also let me know.

Finally the exhibition of winning images will start at Waterloo Station on 20th November and run until 4th February 2018. I am sure you will not be disappointed and of course having seen a number of the winning entries I can safely say that the book will be well worth acquiring. Some stunning work deserves as wide an audience as possible.