Christ­mas cover stars

Amateur Photographer - - Christmas Cover Competition -

We all have our Christ­mas tra­di­tions. It might be a brac­ing pre-break­fast walk in the park, never carv­ing the tur­key be­fore the Queen’s speech, or pho­tograph­ing Aun­tie Beryl asleep on the sofa af­ter one too many of her an­nual snow­balls. Since 2013, AP has also de­vel­oped a tra­di­tion – its an­nual front cover com­pe­ti­tion. It’s the one week in the year we hand over the reins to you, the reader, to shoot the most im­por­tant page in the mag­a­zine.

This year, once again, Pho­tocrowd hosted the com­pe­ti­tion and we re­ceived more than 1,500 en­tries.

When judg­ing, we pri­ori­tised por­trait­for­mat im­ages. While it is oc­ca­sion­ally pos­si­ble to use a land­scape-for­mat im­age on the front cover, it’s al­ways prefer­able not to throw away pix­els – and there­fore qual­ity – by crop­ping. Also, the main fo­cal point of an im­age can be lost when the as­pect ra­tio is al­tered in this way. Then there’s the vi­tal im­por­tance of hav­ing enough space for the ‘fur­ni­ture’ – that’s mag­a­zine-speak for the mast­head, cov­er­lines and any thumb­nail im­ages we drop in. These need to stand out, so it’s al­ways best to place them on a blank, un­clut­tered area of the im­age.

Our judges unan­i­mously agreed on this year’s win­ning im­age, and we hope you agree it makes a suit­ably fes­tive cover. And if you dis­agree – well – why not get out over the Christ­mas pe­riod and shoot some­thing for 2019’s com­pe­ti­tion? You never know – your im­age could be grac­ing our front cover this time next year!

A lovely im­age that is per­haps a lit­tle too quiet for a cover. We would flip it in or­der to fit the cov­er­lines

The red within the bauble stands out nicely, but over­all it’s rather dark to make the fi­nal cut

This stylish wreath shouts Christ­mas, but to work as a cover it needs to be a lit­tle lower in the frame

Chad Briese­meis­ter won the crowd vote with this land­scape-for­mat im­age of an ice cave

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