EISA Photo Maestro

By founding six years ago the EISA Photo Maestro the European Imaging and Sound Association wanted to encourage both amateur and semi-professional photographers creating series of pictures who are connected to each other. This means that photographers are challenged to think in a documentary way but is of course on an as free as possible mode, to give its own interpretation to the theme of the year.

2018 Winners | Theme: Nature

First Prize: Bence Mate
“A great wildlife photo is technically perfect, innovative, and unrepeatable. It should be a genuine reflection of what took place, and the subjects must be able to move around freely. Whilst Photoshop can be used to enhance an image, the sole goal of post-production should be to reflect reality in the most accurate way possible.”
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Second Prize: Dariusz Bruhnke
“Photography has become my part of life, I love to spend time with nature and show it in the way I see. These photos were made on the Lofoten Archipelago in the north of Norway at the turn of February and March,during photo workshops that we ran together with Adam Wawrzyniak. The amazing climate that prevails in Lofoten at this time of year makes it a photographer’s paradise”.
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Third Prize: Alfonso J. Expósito Díaz-Álvarez
“Reefs of Life and Color”
Seas and oceans nurture an extraordinary variety of life of every shape and colour. This collection of photographs aims to reflect the wealth of the waters that cover our blue planet, from the reefs of the Red Sea in Egypt to the underwater paradise of Raja Ampat, Indonesia. The reef shark of the Bahamas and the imposing and majestic white shark of Guadalupe Island represent the top predators that maintain the balance of the oceans. In Lembeh, Indonesia lurks the blue-ringed octopus, which, at 5 cm in size, is one of the most poisonous animals on the planet. Other marvels include a strikingly colourful nudibranch, a beautiful shoal of sweet-lipped fish taking refuge in the coral reef of Raja Ampat, and the turtle hawksbill with its penetrating gaze, photographed in Komodo.

I am an amateur photographer, especially in underwater photography.” My first contact with photography took place underwater more than 10 years ago, and I felt the need to teach the wonders of this blue planet. With more than 1000 dives all over the world, both in fresh water and in salt water, I have had the fortune to feel and experience unique moments, which I have tried to convey in each of the photographs I take.
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Public’s Choice Award : Åsa Fredh
I started to photograph 15 years ago. I photograph most different species in nature and when opportunities are also given landscape. With my photography, I want to show how beautiful it is in nature, and hopefully more people will be fascinated by it and more likely to see our amazing nature.
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Ultimate Sea View

National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, has revealed the eagerly anticipated results of its annual photography competition showcasing the UK’s coastline and its associated people and industry.

Following a challenging judging process of almost 1,000 entries, the prize for the overall winner was awarded to Chris Herring for his entry, ‘Fighting until the End’, a photo capturing an abandoned yacht at Cart Gap on the Norfolk Coast. The image landed the professional photographer a £500 prize voucher for photographic equipment.

Chris Herring – ‘Fighting until the End’, Cart Gap, Norfolk – Overall Winner & Winner of the Ships & Wrecks category
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Owen Humphreys – ‘Stormy Seas’, Seaham, Co. Durham, Winner of the Coastal Views category
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Rob Amsbury – ‘Clear Communications’, Anglesey, Highly Commended in the Coastal Views category
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Justin Minns – ‘Shipshape’, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, Highly Commended in the Ships & Wrecks category
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Craig Scott – ‘Just a Shell’, Aberdour – Highly Commended in the Ships & Wrecks category
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Photography Competition 2018
The winners of the 2018 Ultimate Sea View have been announced!
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Royal Air Force Photographic Competition

Judging for the 2018 Royal Air Force Photographic Competition recently took place at the Royal Air Force Museum London. Over 1,000 photos and 25 videos were entered across the competition’s 13 categories, with the best 9 images being whittled down by 3 industry professional judges, before going head-to-head online to win the ‘Peoples’ Choice’ category.

Cpl Tim Laurence, Photo ACSSU RAF Halton
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RAF Centenary
Cpl Tim Laurence, Photo ACSSU RAF Halton
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Sgt Paul Oldfield, RAF Cosford
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SAC Hannah Smoker, RAFAT RAF Scampton
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Cpl Tim Laurence, Photo ACSSU RAF Halton
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Smoke In The Sun
Mr Mark Thompson, The Amateur Military Category
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Royal Air Force Photographic Competition
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Wild Exposures

Witness nature at its most dramatic, graceful and unexpected with this stunning collection of breathtaking photographs celebrating the natural heritage of the bioregions of Australia and New Zealand, the Antarctic and New Guinea.
This year’s Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases the timing, patience, artistry and technique of professional, emerging and junior photographers as they capture spectacular moments in time.

Broken Dreams
Runner-up, Landscape
Broken Dreams was from one of my most rewarding but confronting shoots. After the Sampson Flat bushfires swept through the northern Adelaide Hills, I spent a lot of time shooting the aftermath and rebirth during the following year. This particular early morning shoot brought with it fog and an amazing mood.
Gumeracha, South Australia
Sony A7R, Sony 55mm, 1/5, f/10, ISO 100, tripod
by Ben Goode
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Hide and seek
Overall Winner
I travelled to Raja Ampat mainly to visit the stunning Arborek Jetty. If you are really lucky you can observe schools of fish and I spent some time under the jetty. At one point, predators moved in and I was mesmerised by the chase between predator and prey.
Arborek Jetty, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Nikon D3S, Nikon 16mm, 1/250, f/4.5, ISO 250, Ikelite 161 strobe, Seacam housing
by Tracey Jennings
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Posing Black-fronted Dotterels
Winner, Animal Behaviour
Black-fronted dotterel
Elseyornis melanops
These two black-fronted dotterels seemed to want to pose for me, but I think they might have had something else in mind.
Charleville, Queensland
Nikon D800, Nikon 500mm f/4.0 with 1.4 converter, 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 500, tripod
by Dan Giselsson
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Winner, Animal Habitat and Portfolio Prize
White’s seahorse
Hippocampus whitei
Low evening sunlight backlights White’s seahorse. Many of this species can be found living on the shallow shark nets beneath the boardwalk in Mosman, Sydney Harbour.
Mosman, New South Wales
Nikon D810, Nikkor 8–15mm F3.5–4.5 E ED, 1/125, f/29, ISO 160, two INON Z240 strobes, Aquatica digital water housing and 4-inch glass port
by Matthew Smith
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Junction Falls -After
Winner, Monochrome
In a matter of seconds, Junction Falls went from a trickle to a roaring wall of thundering stormwater on a wet afternoon. I was fortunate to be there to capture the amazing transformation. Shortly after this shot, the embedded log completely disappeared from view.
Junction Falls, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Canon EOS 1DS Mk III, Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8, 0.6, f/8, ISO 100, tripod
by Peter Hill
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Wild Exposures

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See the world through a new lens

Now in its fifty-fourth year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases extraordinary animal behaviour and the breathtaking diversity of life on Earth.

Explore the world’s best nature photography, exhibited on 100 exquisite light panels.
Experience the changing face of nature and uncover the surprising, and sometimes challenging, stories behind the photographs.
Chosen from over 45,000 entries by expert judges, the images were awarded for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.
This year’s exhibition will open on 19 October.

Highly commended 2018, Urban Wildlife
School visit by Adrian Bliss
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Highly commended 2018, 11 – 14 Years Old
The victor by Adam Hakim Hogg
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Highly commended 2018, Behaviour: Mammals
The meerkat mob by Tertius A Gous
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Highly commended 2018, Animals in their environment
Tigerland by Emmanuel Rondeau
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Highly commended 2018, Animal Portraits
Cool cat by Isak Pretorius
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year
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Winning photographs from the 2018 RHS Photographic Competition

The RHS Photographic Competition inspires young and old alike to get outdoors and record how enriching and inspiring gardens and plants can be

Kristina Zvinakeviciute
Overall adult winner of the competition Welcoming garden wildlife
This image is of a soldier beetle spotted during summer in a meadow of wavy hair grass (Deschampsia flexuosa) near Manchester. Taken with a Sony 77.
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Aleksandr Ivanov
Winner Pure plants
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Damjan Voglar
Winner Abstract and details
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Madhura Tilve
Winner Under 18s
How the colours change when the sun sets
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Indigo Larmour
Overall Young Winner Under 11s
Am I camouflaged?
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Winning photographs from the 2018 RHS Photographic Competition
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The city by night

The city by night is an atmospheric environment, making it ideal for photos. We want to see your most creative efforts, no matter the specific subject, provided they were captured in the city at night.

Cuidad de la Artes y las Ciencias Valencia by ita
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Ghost Bus by Sandra Cockayne
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Organised Chaos | Hong Kong by Lee Mumford
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Rainy Paris by Marketa
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Marina Bay, Singapore by Mathew Browne
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The city by night
In association with Digital Photographer

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