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…
I put these images up as a matter of record so that myself and others might take something from what’s successful (or not as the case is in this case) in competitions like this. The two images selected have been firm favourites of mine this year though it has to be said I had considerable doubts that either would make the book, mainly because I felt neither were really ‘landscape photographs’, my fault for entering them in the first place you might say however.
Choice #1 was Translucent Purity, a mono infrared image of some Wild Garlic which I took during the spring in the Cotswolds;
Selection #2 was In The Shadows, a more technically challenging image than it looks at first glance, the polariser being absolutely crucial in taking away the vast majority of reflections from the surface of the water, a shot from the River Seven in Warwickshire;
At the time of writing I’ve had some positive news about a number of entries in Outdoor Photographer Of The Year, but it remains to be seen if any of these will translate into more tangible success.