Wainwright Society Photographic Competition
Since 2003, the Society has run a Photographic Competition for members to put forward their photos.
The entries are judged by Derry Brabbs, the photographer closely associated with AW, and we would like to thank Derry for again taking the time to judge the competition.
The 2013 Society Photographic Competition
28 Society members submitted a total of 75 images for the 2013 Photographic Competition, which was, once again, judged by photographer, Derry Brabbs.
Derry had another difficult task in judging the entries, which were of a high standard.
He commented: Thank you all, once again, for making the judging bloomin' difficult by submitting so many excellent pictures. As I was sifting through the images, rain was lashing against my window and yet within fifteen minutes it had cleared through to reveal a quite dramatic sky.
I decided that clouds and their effects upon the landscape would be an appropriate topic to focus on for this year and as I have discovered over the decades, the best results often happen by chance and are entirely dependent on being in the right place at the right time. Having said that, the photographer still has to make a pleasing composition out of the scene and not simply be overwhelmed by the moment and just snap away.
Although chance is a major player when up on the fell tops; it is still possible to assess the likelihood of an interesting scenario developing by the wind direction and what kinds of clouds are lurking around the horizon. Similarly, if one is being rained on out of a sodden grey sky that, too, is worth persevering with, although pragmatism rather than blind dedication can often be the better option in the Lakes!
As the sky invariably takes up a large percentage of landscape photographs, it is important to try and make it as much a part of the image as the main subject. There are filters one can use at the point of shooting such as graduated or polarising with the latter being an invaluable piece of kit when confronted by an excess of blue sky. The results can be quite spectacular, transforming a bland area of pale blue into a vibrant dark foil to the fells and mountains beneath. For those who have post-processing facilities such as Photoshop, sky effects can be tweaked to really bring an image to life, but only if used judiciously. There is nothing worse than a picture that has been over-manipulated way beyond the point of plausibility and, in my own work, I simply try to enhance and enrich that which is already there.
My eventual shortlist comprised four very striking images and I commend the entries by Andrew Clayborough (Member 2096) and John Pulford (Member 27) for their lighting and atmosphere but they were pipped to the podium by the two outstanding photographs that I selected as winner and runner-up.
Highly Commended: John Pulford (Member 27)
Highly Commended: Andrew Clayborough (Member 2096)
Second place goes to Andy Beck (Member 1015) with Loweswater Gold. This is a beautiful image, well composed and exposed, perfectly encapsulating the joy of being up on the fells. There are no redundant areas in the frame and the dark notch of the foreground hillsides lead the eye directly to the sunlit valley floor below with light glinting off the lake and streams.
Runner up: Loweswater Gold Andy Beck
The winning photograph, The sun smiles on the North Western fells, taken by Niels Rasmussen (Member 2181), is one of those utterly captivating images that any photographer would be proud to have in their portfolio and is the perfect example of what can be achieved by being in that right place (with a camera!) and at exactly the magic moment when nature puts on one of its better light shows. The tightness of the framing is impressive and maximises the strong clouds and shafts of sunlight sweeping down either side of Causey Pike's serrated summit.
Winner: Niels Rasmussen (Member 2181)
Thank you again to everyone who entered and as always, thanks again to the dedicated members of the Society who collect and collate the entries prior to judging.
The Society would like to thank Frances Lincoln Publishers for generously donating prizes to the Winner and Runner-up this year. We also thank the members who submitted entries and special thanks to Derry for judging the competition.
See the below links for previous Photographic Competition results -
Results for 2012
Results for 2011
Results for 2010
Results for 2009
Results for 2008
Results for 2007
Results for 2006
Results for 2005
Results for 2004
Results for 2003
Photography Workshops with Derry Brabbs
Any keen amateurs who have admired Derry Brabbs’ landscape photography, (either through his Wainwright books or illustrated presentations to the Society’s AGM), now have the chance to discover at first hand how those stunning images were taken and consequently improve their own creative techniques.
Derry has suspended (but not altogether abandoned) conventional, group workshops in favour of working exclusively with individuals (or couples). Despite restricting guest numbers, he has been unable to devote more time to each photographer, and although individuals will now have to pay slightly more than applicable to previous group rates, he believes the benefits derived from such intensive tuition and advice will be ample compensation.
For more details, visit - www.derrybrabbs.com/pages/workshops.html