International Garden Photographer of the Year Still Life Project winners announced

WINNERS have been revealed for the Still Life Project section of International Garden Photographer of the Year. The project ran for two months, with winning images coming from the UK, New Zealand, USA, the Netherlands and Italy. The overall winner of the category is New Zealand based professional photographer Simon Schollum, for his image depicting a cross-section of a pomegranate.
Speaking about the photograph, judges said, ‘Simon’s still-life composition has been crafted with expert care and precision – every element has a sense of belonging. Colours and detail exude from every corner of the image and the pomegranate shines in centre-frame, each seed sparkling like new-born precious stones.’ Simon receives £500 and his image will be published in the IGPOTY 11 book, and will also feature in the exhibition taking place at Kew Gardens in February 2018.

Simon Schollum – 1st place – ‘Pomegranate’
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Mandy Disher – 2nd place – ‘Autumn Fruits’
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Bert Shankman – 3rd place – ‘Sentient’
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Robin Noorda – Finalist – ‘Ultra-Vanity’
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Bert Shankman – Highly Commended – ‘Monkeyshine’
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via International Garden Photographer of the Year


First look: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 53

Discover the stories behind the images in a first look at this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.
Explore the world’s best nature photography, highlighting the incredible range of life on Earth. Opens 20 October.
The exhibition of 100 images records the beauty and drama of the natural world, from tiny insects to massive mammals.
This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries.
See winning images selected by a panel of judges for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

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First look: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 53
more at National History Museum

Nature Abounds

Australian Geographic’s 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year competition is a spectacular celebration of our rich and rare wild beauty.

Overall Winner
Predatory Pursuit
Spider crabs, Leptomithrax gaimardii; Maori octopus, Octopus maorum
Justin Gilligan, New South Wales
Nikon D810, 15mm f/2.8, 1/100, f/14, ISO 400, two Ikelite DS161 strobes, Nauticam housing
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Winner Animal Portrait
Windblown Egret
Little egret, Egretta garzetta
Jennie Stock,Western Australia
Nikon D7200, Sigma 150–600mm Sport at 440mm, 1/1000, f/6.3, ISO 100, monopod
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Winner Landscape
Spirit in Country
Julie Fletcher,South Australia
Nikon D800, Nikon 24–70mm, 1/1600, f/8, ISO 200, handheld
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Winner Animal Behaviour
Devouring a home
Giant jellyfish, Tiburonia granrojo; green turtles, Chelonia mydas
Scott Portelli, New South Wales
Canon 5D Mk III, 16–35mm, 1/200, f/11, ISO 250
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Winner Threatened Species
Coming in for a Drink
Grey-headed flying-fox, Pteropus poliocephalus
Status: Vulnerable
Elizabeth Howell, New South Wales
Nikon D500, 200–500mm at 500mm, 1/1250, f/7.1, ISO 720
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2017 AG Nature Photographer of the Year winners
more at Australian Geographic

Bird Photographer of the Year 2017

Bird Photographer of the Year is a competition that celebrates the artistry of bird photography and promotes conservation by contributing directly to the British Trust for Ornithology to support their conservation research.

Alejandro Prieto Rojas | Bird Photographer of the Year 2017
Feeding Flamingos by Alejandro Prieto Rojas
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Markus Varesvuo | Best Portfolio 2017
Snowy Owl by Markus Varesvuo
Blue Tit on berries by Markus Varesvuo
Great Grey Owl by Markus Varesvuo
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Best Portrait 2017 | Honourable Mention
Male King Eider by Staffan Widstrand
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Birds in the Environment 2017 | Gold
Condor over mountains by Ben Hall
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Attention to Detail 2017 | Gold
Cormorant wing by Tom Hines
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Attention to Detail 2017 | Silver
Grey Heron looking under wing by Ahmad Alessa
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Creative Imagery 2017 | Gold
Speculum by Georgina Steytler
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Bird Photographer of the Year 2017
more at PhotoCrowd

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

Explore the prize-winning photos and download stunning wallpapers for all your devices. Share your favorite pictures with your friends and see the judge’s top picks.

Grand Prize Winner
The power of nature
by Sergio Tapiro Velasco
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Second Place Winner, Nature
To live.
by Hiromi Kano
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Third Place Winner, Nature
Crocodiles at Rio Tarcoles
by Tarun Sinha
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Honorable Mention, Nature
Marble Caves
by Clane Gessel
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People’s Choice Winner, Nature
Buff Tailed Coronet
by Hymakar Valluri
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National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year
Our panel of judges reviewed thousands of incredible images from around the world to select this year’s grand prize winner. See the spectacular travel photos that bested the competition and earned the top awards in each of the three categories.

more at National Geographic

Alex Noriega | Featured Photographer

Photography Masterclass Magazine speak to USA Landscape Photographer Of The Year and International Landscape Photographer Of The Year, Alex Noriega, whose incredible images have been featured in numerous publications worldwide.

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Alex Noriega | Featured Photographer
more in Photography Masterclass Magazine

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.

more in D-Photo Issue 79