2017 Sigma Amateur Photographer of the Year

Amateur and enthusiast photographers from all around the country have gathered their best images and submitted them to the expert judgement of our panel of industry leaders — Brett Stanley, Charles Howells, Katherine Williams, Kaye Davis, Mark Gee, Michael Miller, Richard Wood, Peter Robertson, and Simon Devitt.

For several years, the Sigma Amateur Photographer of the Year has been the country’s largest amateur photography contest and certainly the most popular online gallery of its kind. Each year, the quantity of entries increases, and so, too, the calibre of images improves. 2017’s contest received a record 9337 submissions across the 11 categories, many of which prove that advanced photographic technologies and techniques, such as focus stacking, aerial imaging, and timelapse, are no longer reserved for the pros.

Grand Prize Winner
Sarah Caldwell / Houston Main Street Metro
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Landscape Category 1st place
Andy Thompson / Hawea Iinversion
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Travel Category 1st place
Javan NG / Morning Rush Hour at Grand Central Terminal in New York
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Action Category 1st place
Bill Hodges / Surfboat Chaos
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Macro Category 1st place
Murray McCulloch / Vespula Vulgaris
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Congratulations to the winning images of our 2017 Sigma Amateur Photographer of the Year competition.

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2016 Photographer of the Year presented by Panasonic: the winners!

2016 Photographer of the Year presented by Panasonic: the winners!

panpotyhelenwhittle01a panpotyhelenwhittle01bNew South Wales photographer Helen Whittle has won the major prize in the 2016 Photographer of the Year, the largest competition for amateur photographers in the Southern Hemisphere.
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panpotytoddkennedy01c panpotytoddkennedy01dTodd Kennedy
2016 Travel Photographer of the Year
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panpotyandysmith01e panpotyandysmith01fAndy Smith
2016 Landscape Photographer of the Year
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panpotyneilvincent01g panpotyneilvincent01hNeil Vincent
2016 Nature Photographer of the Year
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panpotyyiannisyiasaris01i panpotyyiannisyiasaris01jYiannis Yiasaris
2016 Black and White Photographer of the Year
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panpotyshinayarosehumphreys01kShinaya Rose-Humphreys
2016 Junior Photographer of the Year
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2016 Photographer of the Year presented by Panasonic: the winners!
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Midnight Swirl

Midnight Swirl
by Yiming Hu

YimingHu11aMysterious auroras swirl the midnight sky of this extremely remote mountain ranges near the Arctic circle. Technique Notes: This is a very complicated shot consists of 16 exposures. Fourteen consecutive frames using ISO 6300/f2.8/30-sec were used for focus-stacking and multi-frame-average-noise-reduction to get a high-quality, sharp foreground image under such difficult dark conditions. The reflection was captured using ISO 12800/f2.8/8 seconds. The aurora itself was recorded by tilting the lens to include more sky, using ISO 12800/f2.8/1-sec. The reflections, foreground, and the sky were stitched together to get the final image. The aurora was moving so fast that a slower shutter speed would have blurred its magical shape. These techniques were necessary to overcome the limitations of the camera sensor so I could capture what I saw with my naked eyes. Photographed in the Yukon Territory of Canada.

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Craig Varjabedian

Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait
Craig Varjabedian’s photographs, made over the nearly three decades that he has lived and worked in New Mexico, range over all the image-making forms–landscape, portrait, and still life–to offer a remarkably complete, varied and original portrait of New Mexico.

“I feel that land and people form relationships, and when I take a photograph, I’m forming a relationship, both with the subject of my picture (be it tree, cloud, building, or person) and the environment around the subject,” explains Varjabedian. “Nowadays, when I photograph I feel I’m creating an homage to the West, its land, and its people. The light and sky are spectacular, but the people who live here also affirm the strength, endurance, and magic of this place.”

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Craig Varjabedian

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#WorldPhotoDay Competition Winners Announced

#WorldPhotoDay Competition Winners Announced
“Ultimately though, there can only be one victor, and the spoils go to Tim Burgess, who submitted this image into our Flickr pool. The judges were won over by this simple but beautifully effective image, enhanced with a tilt-shift style bokeh. Titled ‘Winding Road’, the shot was captured on Mam Tor in the Peak District, and will no doubt look fantastic as a canvas print.

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In second place comes the only shot in the top 25 from our forum. The use of light and shadow is key here, adding to the strong colours and near-abstract feel of Mmartin3’s expert composition. Mmartin3 captioned the image, simply and somewhat unnecessarily, ‘Umbrellas’.

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In third place comes this playful shot from our Gallery. The whole team loved this moment between two dogs, the action skilfully frozen by DaveBoys.”

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Ragnar Axelsson

Ragnar Axelsson, born in Iceland in 1958, has worked for ‘Morgunblaðið’ Iceland’s biggest newspaper since 1976 and has won numerous awards for his contribution to the world of photojournalism. A documentary photographer, RAX as he also calls himself, has been travelling to the Arctic for over 30 years chronicling the civilisations in the harshest climates in the world.

RagnarAxelsson101Aurora Borealis

RagnarAxelsson102Dog Sled

RagnarAxelsson103Huskies in a Snow Storm

RagnarAxelsson104Glacial Storm


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Although his images possess a dreamlike quality, the same message of reality appears to lie beneath every photograph, a reminder of mans futile battle against the insurmountable and vast power of nature. In this way, his photographs depicting the surreal and epic tundra of a northern land that is slowly being dragged from our clutches by global warming are incredibly beautiful and positively arresting.

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