Take a View – Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year

Amateur Photographer - - Technique | Competition Tips -

Founded in 2006 by Char­lie Waite, the to­tal prize fund of Take A View - Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year is worth more than £20,000. Win­ning im­ages are pub­lished in a book as well as dis­played in a tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion.

Char­lie Waite says, ‘As a land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher my­self, I know how much time and thought goes into the cre­ation of each of our en­tries, and it is hard when you have to dis­ap­point peo­ple but, on the re­verse side, is the feel­ing when you suc­ceed.

‘I think most of my fel­low judges would agree that you don’t en­ter the judg­ing process “look­ing” for specifics. Yes there are cer­tain el­e­ments such as light­ing, tech­nique, bal­ance, com­po­si­tion, etc that are cru­cial on the whole, but it is the emo­tion that you feel when look­ing at the com­plete pho­to­graph that de­ter­mines whether or not it speaks to you and stands out from the oth­ers. At­tend and In­tend is rather a favourite say­ing of mine at the mo­ment: at­tend to what you are do­ing and en­sure that all in your im­age is in­tended.’

Al­though tricky, think care­fully about the pop­u­lar­ity of your given lo­ca­tion. ‘ There are a num­ber of lo­ca­tions in the UK with a par­tic­u­lar beauty that is very pop­u­lar with pho­tog­ra­phers, and pho­tographs of th­ese do ap­pear reg­u­larly among our en­tries. If judges are faced with mul­ti­ple im­ages of the same lo­ca­tion within the judg­ing process, then I think it is prob­a­bly fair to say that it may be harder for one of them to stand out.’

The cur­rent Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year ex­hi­bi­tion is tour­ing the coun­try. Full de­tails can be found at the com­pe­ti­tion web­site take-a-view.co.uk. The 2018 com­pe­ti­tion will open soon.

Look through pre­vi­ous en­tries to en­sure you’re not en­ter­ing a sim­i­lar-look­ing im­age

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