Following on my previous success in Landscape Photographer Of The Year, for the fifth year running I was once again shortlisted in the competition, this time with two photographs. Unfortunately that’s where my run came to an end this year however as neither image was progressed any further into the book or exhibition. I know many photographers would have been proud of such an achievement but after last year where I collected a Highly Commended, Judges Choice & Commended (all three appeared in the book) I suppose this felt like a bit of a backwards step. As many have pointed out however it’s all about how each individual judge sees things on any given day though and there is no doubt that competition is very, very tough with a very high benchmark generally…
Only a few weeks ago I featured one of Mark Littlejohn’s wonderful atmospheric photographs on this very blog, with his image Woodland Wanders. I’ve followed Mark’s work for a very long time indeed and so it came as no surprise to me when he was announced as Take-A-View’s choice as Landscape Photographer Of The Year for 2014 with what I think is a quite wonderful photograph, aptly titled A Beginning And An End…
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.
So, further to Part 1 of this piece and the elation of getting six images shortlisted in Landscape Photographer Of The Year 2014, many will probably think it fairly unforgivable of me to even consider writing a single word about the pain of rejection and deflation after achieving something like that. And I have to admit I agree to a point – it sits slightly awkwardly with me. But I can’t help it. Those nagging deep rooted doubts that your photography isn’t as worthy as you think it is and feeling once again some of your best images were passed over and cast aside in a few moments, not considered to be interesting enough, presented nothing new, lacked subtlety, story telling, or worst of all was just an ‘also ran’ others have done better before. Of course the judges don’t approach things quite in those terms, but personally I can’t help that emotional bond with some of my images that means I want to scream “YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!!!”.
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.
I’m very pleased to say that for the third year running I have been short listed for the Take A View Landscape Photographer Of The Year, it’s the competition that every landscape photographer in the UK wants to do well in. Last year I was featured in the Awards Book and my image Departure was selected as part of the exhibition at the National Theatre, London.
I’m very excited to learn that my image Every Corner Of The Empire gets me shortlisted for the Take A View Landscape Photographer Of The Year 2011.