Black and White ‘Garden Photography’

The IGPOTY calendar begins with the brilliant Black & White Photo Project. Be creative, explore different botanical shapes and take advantage of the texture, patterns and shapes emphasised by the increased contrast of black and white.
You can use the existing IGPOTY main categories to theme your black & white images only within the realms of ‘garden photography’.
Through use of black and white, aim to capture a new experience, essence or feeling that colour will struggle to express.

‘Jumping Over Karma’
Simon Hadleigh-Sparks – 1st Place
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‘Weeping Willow’
Carolyne Barber – 2nd Place
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‘Damselfly Umbrella’
Minghui Yuan – 3rd Place
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‘Arctic Poppies’
Margaret Sixsmith – Finalist
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Danièle Dugré – Highly Commended
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Black and white is a diverse, modern and powerful thematic style that works perfectly with botanical subjects. Winners of this Photo Project have all showed fantastic originality and intention, setting out to achieve a black and white image from the outset that belonged in black and white for a specific reason, rather than converting an old colour image. In this way the photograph gains considerable value, impact and integrity.

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People’s Choice | National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 | Wallpapers

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2018
People’s Choice

Wild Iceland
Photo and caption by E. Arencibia
If already one of the most beautiful landscape ever seen, imagine to get there and find this wild and majestic Icelandic horse posing for me. That morning I was wondering if it would be worth it to go…bad weather, cold, not good light conditions…but you never know what you are going to find.
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The doors of mordor are open
Photo and caption by Jeffry Arguedas
Never before had I seen such a majestic eruption of a volcano and at the same time feel secure. Camping one night in the Acatenango Volcano and having a volcano as active as the Fire a few kilometers away, it was an incomparable experience, I felt trapped in the book “The Lord of the Rings” walking through Mordor. Walking for more than 5 hours with cold clothes near 3900 meters, food, 5 liters of water and a tripod, was exhausting, but each step made it worthwhile.
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Photo and caption by Niklas Weber
When we arrived at the rio tarcoles in costa rica and I saw what a fantastic formation the sharp-mouthed crocodiles are, I could not help myself, I started my drone and begun to photograph them from the air. My heart was beating like crazy because I was incredibly excited, on the one hand I was a bit scared for the drone, on the other hand I was so happy about the unique moment.
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Photo and caption by Mark zhu
Lucca is an city in central Italy with well-preserved renaissance-era city walls and architecture. This photo was taken during the sunset hours, where the warm sunlight blends everything together, and a local biking through the city seems to be traveling back in time.
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Future of 2022 Reveal in fog
Photo and caption by Ray Toh
The first WC2022 stadium to be ready, revealed during a foggy morning.
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Sunset in the Monument Valley
Photo and caption by Stas Bartnikas
This aerial shot was taken from a microlight trike in Monument Valley, UT
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The highly tolerant society
Photo and caption by Hidetoshi Ogata
On a cold winter day, I captured the moment when mother monkeys formed a huddle after social grooming in Awaji Island. Japanese monkeys are generally considered to be despotic and aggressive, but they are building a social relationships with mutual benefits.
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People’s Choice | National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 | Wallpapers
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Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year

Winning images and more from the 2018 Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year contest

Open to professional and amateur, old and young, the Awards celebrate the very best in food photography and film from around the world.

The Finalists are invited to a magnificent Champagne Taittinger reception at the world-renowned Mall Galleries, London followed by a five-day public exhibition.

The prize pool is worth more than £20,000 and Finalists benefit from huge amounts of coverage of their work.

The categories cover the full cultural range of the depiction of food in society – there is something for everyone. From styled food for magazines to images of families eating together in celebration of religious festivals, from depictions of the realities of food production to food growing in its natural setting.

Since 2011, almost 40,000 images have been submitted from over 60 countries.

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year was founded by Caroline Kenyon and her team at The Food Awards Company, a Luke Johnson-backed venture.

The idea for the Awards arose from two decades of experience commissioning photography and the wish to see this wonderful and vibrant sector of photography given the recognition it deserves.

“We are extremely proud that Pink Lady®, the premium global apple brand, has been headline sponsor since the awards were launched.”

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year
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Urban Photography

The CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition is the largest of its kind, celebrating the richness and diversity of city life around the world by challenging both amateur and professional photographers alike to capture the essence of the urban environment.
The 2018 Urban Photographer of the Year winners have been announced!

Mel Chennell
2018 Mobile Winner.Truly Connected?
Photo Location: London, United Kingdom
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Alec Herrera
2018 Americas Winner.Good Morning, Auckland
Photo Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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Richard Morgan
2018 Overall Winner.What are you looking at?
Photo Location: Poznan, Poland
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Eduardo Teixeira de Sousa
0900 Hourly Winner.Red Wall
Photo Location: Antigua, Guatemala
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Torsten Koester
1700 Hourly Winner.Untitled
Photo Location: Stuttgart, Germany
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Soyeta Paul
16-18 Youth Runner Up.He and His Friend in City of Joy
Photo Location: Kolkata, India
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Nity Jannatul
1500 Hourly Runner Up.Working Hour
Photo Location: Manikganj , Bangladesh
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MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan
1800 Hourly Runner Up.Stuttgart City Library
Photo Location: Stuttgart, Germany
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Johann Almeida
1600 Hourly Runner Up.Relax Time
Photo Location: Paris, France
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CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year Competition
You can view all of the winning images here.

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 | Wallpapers

Editors’ favorite submissions to the photo contest.

Sugar And Gum Drops
Photo and caption by The Scenic Suitcase
The colorful streets of Bo Kaap weren’t always this way. The facades were once mandated to be a drab, uniform color during Apartheid. After Apartheid ended, the residents painted their homes every color of the rainbow to celebrate their freedom. Visiting Bo Kaap during the intense mid-day sunlight, the houses were so brightly colored it was almost blinding!
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Sharks City
Photo and caption by Marc Henauer
The Bahamas is home to one of the largest shark communities in the world. Far from the preconceived ideas, diving with these animals presents almost no risk. In the natural state, man is not a prey for the shark, it is even rather fearful and it is not so easy to be able to approach them so close. South of Nassau, the environment to observe them is extraordinary with large wrecks laid on a background of white sand in translucent water.
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Sensual Sands
Photo and caption by Nikohl Starr
Coastal regions of the Namib are frequently enveloped in a thick belt of fog developing offshore from a collision of the cold Benguela Current and warm air from the Hadley Cell. So as the helicopter took off that morning, I knew there was a chance I wouldn’t see much of the coast. As luck would have it, pockets of sun were able to penetrate the dense fog and illuminate the dunes below, casting intense dark shadows. The results were incredibly sensual and complex images that looked otherworldly.
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Blue pond in early winter
Photo and caption by Mac So
Blue pond in early winter. In Biei, Hokkaido, Japan.
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Rhino Silhouette
Photo and caption by Khai Chuin Sim
Took an early ride out from the camp in Masai Mara national park, searching for the great migration, where I saw a rhino from far away standing beside a tree. The back lit from the early sun was too strong, so I took a silhouette instead.
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Travel Photographer of the Year 2018
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Landscape Photographer of the Year Exhibition goes on Tour | Britain’s Busiest Stations Play Host

Throughout the spring, some of the country’s biggest railway stations will host an exhibition of photographs from the Take a view Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards. The first venue outside Britain’s capital will be Edinburgh Waverley, where the exhibition opens on March 14th and stays until the end of the month before moving on to Leeds, Manchester & Birmingham. More than 55 beautiful photographs, from the current Awards book, ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year – Collection 11’, will be on display and all the main winners of the competition are included. From romantic castle in the Scottish Highlands to the sand dunes of England’s South Coast, the photographs show some of Britain’s best landscapes through the eyes of their very talented creators. Commuters and leisure travellers alike will be able to take a moment from their busy lives and enjoy an escape to the country.

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017
Benjamin Graham – Diminutive Dune, West Wittering, West Sussex, England
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Young Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017
Andrew Bulloch – Skatepark under the Northern Lights, Musselburgh, Scotland
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The VisitBritain ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ Award – Winner
Graham Niven – Dawn patrol, Loch Garten, Cairngorms, Scotland
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Network Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ Award – Winner
Jon Martin – The 08.52 from Barmouth, Gwynedd, Wales
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Adult Classic view – Winner
Rachael Talibart – Fire Within, Birling Gap, East Sussex, England
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The Sunday Times Magazine Award – Winner
Julian Eales – Poppies in a field of linseed, Hertfordshire/Cambridgeshire Border, England
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Adult Living the view – Winner
Paul Fowles – Alone against the torrent, Elan Valley, Mid Wales
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The Fujifilm Print Prize – Winner
Mark Cornick – Architectural detail, London, England
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The VisitBritain ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ Award – Highly commended
Matt Cooper – Brighton Pier from above at sunrise, East Sussex, England
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Black and White Competition | International Garden Photographer of the Year

Winners, finalists and more from the Black and White Competition

1st place
Michael Hudson
‘Ancient Oak Tree’
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2nd place
Lotte Grønkjær-Funch
‘Twice the Same’
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3rd place
Marcio Cabral
‘Cerrado Sunset’
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Regina Helena Raso Bastos
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Highly Commended
Lotte Grønkjær-Funch
‘Physalis alkekengi’
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Black and White Competition
International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 11
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