An “otherworldly” misty sunrise wins South Downs National Park’s annual photo competition

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2019/2020 South Downs Photo Competition.
In total, more than 2800 people took part in the People’s Choice vote; the winner of which will be announced later in February.
Below is a collection of the winning and shortlisted images from the Photo Competition.

Winner of the 2019/20 South Downs Photo Competition: Into the Mistic by Andrew Gambling
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Winner of the ‘Wildlife’ category in the 2019/20 South Downs Photo Competition: Hare in wildflower margin by Adam Huttly
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Runner-up in the 2019/20 South Downs Photo Competition: Stedham Common Sunrise by Mark Couper
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Highly-commended in the 2019/20 South Downs Photo Competition: Pony heaven by Joe James
and People’s Choice Award
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more at South Downs

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Does Camera Sensor Size Matter?

How to evaluate the advantages of full-frame versus smaller sensors when choosing a camera
Text & Photography by Josh Miller

Does camera sensor size really matter anymore? As photographers, we have never had so many great camera options that will produce amazing images. There are very capable cameras sporting everything from Micro Four Thirds sensors to APS-C, full-frame and all the way up to massive medium-format sensors. …

… Having shot with everything from Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras to Fujifilm and Sony APS-C to Nikon full-frame DSLRs, and most recently with Nikon Z mirrorless, I can honestly say all three sensor formats will meet the needs of nearly all photographers. Having been a Nikon shooter for more than 20 years, I’m most familiar with that system, but over the last few years, I have owned or used all the other systems extensively in an effort to reduce my weight and also see where the future lies. In my experience with current cameras in these various formats, any camera with at least 20-megapixel resolution will make great prints up to 20×30-inches or larger, assuming you are shooting at reasonable ISOs with quality lenses and good technique. …

… So how do you decide? With all the sensor formats being so good, I wouldn’t actually make sensor size my No. 1 determining factor when choosing to invest in a system. I would decide how good is good enough in terms of image quality and then look more broadly at the lenses and accessories being offered with the system. …
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Does Camera Sensor Size Matter?
by Josh Miller

more at Outdoor Photographer

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Mountain Photography Masterpieces

Ever since humankind could stand, there has been a desire to conquer mountains. Their sheer majesty, not to mention their individual characters and microclimates, provide endless fodder for the adventurous photographer. Here are some superb mountainscapes to get your creative juices flowing.

Mount Trump by Torsten Richertz
Sony A7R, FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS at 33mm, 20 seconds at f/11, ISO 100
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Stormy Patagonia by MayMah
Nikon D800E, 30mm, 1/15sec at f/11, ISO 200
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First light by Christine Jacobson
Nikon D750, 24-70mm f/2.8 at 65mm, 30 seconds at f/22, ISO 100
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Karst sunrise by Cedar K
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, TS-E24mm f/3.5L II, 1/60sec at f/10, ISO 100
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El Capitan, Yosemite National Park by Dzung Tran
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Mountain Photography Masterpieces
more at photocrowd

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The Monasteries of Meteora

Serene, spiritual, magical, mystical, extraordinary, breathtaking, immense, inspiring, impressive. These are only some of the words people very often use in an effort to describe Meteora monasteries. Any trip to Meteora offers the visitors unique experiences of nature’s grandeur in conjunction with history, architecture and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the Divine. From the early Christian times, the steep cliffs of Meteora were regarded as a perfect place to achieve absolute isolation. To find peace and harmony and, thus, to support mankind’s’ eternal struggle for spiritual ascension.

Meteora with the 6 active monasteries is truly an inspiring and sensational setting of overwhelming rock formations with these ancient monasteries occupying their picks. Be prepared that making a trip here is much more than a visit to an awesome landscape. It is more like a pilgrimage to a holy place for all Christians around the world. In essence, Meteora today has become a preservation ark for the 2000-year-old Christian Orthodox creed. Today, out of initially 24 monasteries that used to exist only 6 remain active for people to visit. Discover the things to do and what to see while at Meteora!
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The Monasteries of Meteora
more at visit meteora

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Beauty In The Clouds

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their favorite photos showing the beauty of clouds in this photo contest

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “The lady of the water. ” by mattiabonavida
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Congratulations Runner Up “Land of the Living Skies ” by AndreLJBrandt
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Congratulations Runner Up “Atomic Supercell ” by Mauro_Mendula
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Congratulations Honorary Mention “Fluffy Sky ” by Structor
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Congratulations Honorary Mention “Desert Drive (Arizona/CA border) ” by ReidCollins
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Beauty In The Clouds
more at viewbug

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Slovenia in Winter

Slovenia: Snow Covered Mountains, Lakes, and Historic Churches
Discover this amazing region with towering mountains, glacial lakes, snow covered forests, and historic villages including the city of Ljubljana.

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Slovenia in Winter
more at Muench Workshops

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Yellowstone in Winter

Yellowstone National Park is the oldest and most picturesque National Park in the world. It is home to a vast number of unique hydrothermal wonders and contains 67 species of mammals, hundreds of species of birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles.

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Yellowstone in Winter
more at Muench Workshops

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