Out­door Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year

Amateur Photographer - - Technique -

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

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