Lens­man’s strik­ing panora­mas lauded

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Shan­non Smith

Cap­tur­ing Al­bany in mes­meris­ing photos has landed Dou­gal Top­ping among the top 50 entrants in the Ep­son In­ter­na­tional Pano Awards.

More than 5000 en­tries were sub­mit­ted in four cat­e­gories — each ded­i­cated to cel­e­brat­ing the craft and art of panoramic pho­tog­ra­phy.

Not only were Top­ping’s photos named in the top 50, he also re­ceived sil­ver awards on some of his images, one of which was only one point off a gold award.

Top­ping said it was an hon­our to be named among some of the world’s most tal­ented pho­tog­ra­phers.

“It was a to­tal sur­prise and a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence as I wasn’t aim­ing for it,” he said.

“I just wanted to do bet­ter than last year’s re­sults, which were also a mile­stone. Every time you’re judged by your peers and re­ceive some sort of recog­ni­tion is a mile­stone.”

The win­ning shots show­case some of Top­ping’s most cher­ished scenes — land­scape, astron­omy and storms.

“I try and cap­ture or cre­ate a mood, not just a scene,” he said.

“The first shot in the top 50 is ti­tled Swept, and the sec­ond one, which was also awarded sil­ver, is ti­tled Iso­lated and th­ese were both taken at Mo­bile Dunes at Two Peo­ples Bay.

“I love the iso­la­tion you can feel when among (the dunes), and the wind blow­ing the sand all over you — you feel like you’re in a sand blaster, which cre­ates chal­lenges in it­self.”

This is the third time he has en­tered the world­wide panorama com­pe­ti­tion.

This year, more than 70 coun­tries were rep­re­sented by more than 1300 dif­fer­ent pho­tog­ra­phers.

Win­ning images and entrants can be found on­line at thep­anoawards.com.

Pic­ture: Dou­gal Top­ping

Swept, shot at Two Peo­ples Bay, has earned Dou­gal Top­ping a sil­ver award.

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