I went away on holiday recently to the wild open spaces of South West Wales but before going I had been reminiscing about how life had been much simpler in the late 70s and 80s when I grew up. For once there was broad agreement on this point from Mrs B, in particular how the role of media and news have changed massively while of course the internet itself revolutionised the speed and availability of information beyond all recognition. It’s definitely not all for the better…
It’s the 10th year of Charlie Waite’s Take-A-View Landscape Photographer of the Year competition in 2016, a calendar event which I’ve supported and taken part in since 2011. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been shortlisted every year I’ve entered so far with my most successful year falling in 2014 when three of my photographs were Commended, Highly Commended and I also received a Judges Choice.
As part of the 10th year celebrations, Landscape Photographer Of The Year will have a representative exhibition of only twelve large printed images which have been selected to be shown at the BBC Countryfile Live event, taking place at Blenheim Palace near Oxford between 4th & 7th August. I’m very pleased to say that my photograph The Cotswold Way has been selected by the team as one of the representative twelve images in the printed exhibition…
I’m very pleased to have been invited by Outdoor Photography Magazine to speak as part of their programme of events in the Photography Arena at the Patchings Arts Festival in Nottingham next month.
I was beside myself with excitement a few days ago when this dropped through my door because it’s finally happened – my first magazine cover ever, and it’s certainly a nice one from my point of view too. When Steve Watkins, editor of Outdoor Photography, asked me to write the June Learning Zone feature piece for this edition, he neglected to mention that the cover image might be in the offing too…
I’m pleased to announce that I will be taking part in the Connected 2015 Exhibition in Nottingham this year. There is a considerable lineup in the exhibition including some of my favourite landscape photographers from the UK so I’m already looking forward to the launch event on 25th April when Mark Littlejohn and Lizzie Shepherd will be discussing their respective inspirational brands of vision.
In the last couple of months quite a few of my small ambitions have come to fruition. I’ve appeared in Black+White Photography magazine (in the same issue as Michael Kenna no less!), Outdoor Photography magazine (with more to come there too), I was even filmed by Practical Photography of course, something which was an experience all of its own! Now, just in time for my birthday, a rather extensive interview feature has been published by On Landscape which fulfills another long-held ambition.
Following on from my success in Landscape Photographer Of The Year, I received news today that I’ve also been short listed for Outdoor Photographer Of The Year 2014, in association with Outdoor Photography Magazine. Unlike Landscape Photographer Of The Year which is restricted to UK based photography, this is a global competition and attracts some of the best amateur and professional photographers (and scenery!) from all over the world. As such, being even considered for such an award is some nice recognition.
It gives me great pleasure to announce that for the third year running I will appear in the UK’s premier landscape photography competition awards book and print exhibition. This year I have been Highly Commended in Take-A-View’s Landscape Photographer Of The Year Awards with my image The Cotswold Way, entered in the Classic View category, and was Commended in the Your View category for Refuge. Best of all, my photograph Speak To Me has additionally been singled out for ‘Judges Choice’ by acclaimed photographer Rupert Grey.
It might seem like an odd thing to announce towards the end of 2014 but it only just came to my attention that I’ve previously been awarded five Honorable Mentions at the International Photography Awards 2012. I guess the email got lost somewhere along the way, but it was only by chance that someone pointed out this fact out to me recently.
I’m very pleased to confirm that for the fourth year running I have been short listed for Take A View Landscape Photographer Of The Year. As always it’s a contentious competition but many landscape photographers in the UK want to do well in it nonetheless, myself definitely included.