Outdoor Photographer of the Year
Run by the publishers of Outdoor Photography magazine, this competition is dedicated to landscape, wildlife, nature and adventure. The grand prize is the Fjällräven Award, which gives you £3,000 to assemble your dream collection of outdoor adventure kit.
Steve Watkins is the head judge. He explains, ‘In the 2017 competition, it took around 10 extremely intensive days and evenings to go through all the entries. At first, I wonder if the first few images are the best I am going to see, but as the process continues, it gets
quicker because it becomes clearer which images are over the bar and which ones aren’t going to make it.
‘I’ve spent a lot of time over the course of this year’s OPOTY competition talking about what we’re looking for in an image, and the answer that keeps recurring is “connection”. Looking through so many images in the competition and in the day job editing
Outdoor Photography means it is increasingly easy to spot when a photographer is fully connected to their own emotions, what they are doing when taking the photograph and the subject they are shooting. It’s this connection that elevates an image to the highest levels. It’s hard to specify what demonstrates that connection, but it is obvious in an image when it’s there.’ To find out more, see opoty.co.uk.
The judges are looking for that emotional connection between the photographer and the scene