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

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Overexposure

Overexposure Photo Contest Winners
Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best shots showing a creative use of overexposure in the Overexposure Photo Contest.

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “IMG_3690” by sallyledrew
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Congratulations Runner Up “house of the raising sun” by tadejturk
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Congratulations Runner Up “Mountain Dweller 9” by sarahallegra
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Congratulations Runner Up “Solitario” by josedevesa
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Congratulations Amateur Winner “Gone Fishin'” by emxsee
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Congratulations People’s Choice “Dreaming of you” by martinesansoucy
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Overexposure Photo Contest
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Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition – Winner Announced

Congratulations to Michelle Howell with this image.
Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition – 1st Place

Michelle says ”Thank you so much for choosing my image! I look forward to using my membership and joining in more of your competitions.” ”The image is a macro image of an Argentinean Ornate Horned Frog taken in a reflection pool.”
The image was shot on a Nikon D5100 with a Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di VC USD Macro 1:1 F004N Lens.
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Congratulations to Sheri Emerson with this image.
Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition – 2nd Place
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Congratulations to Stuart Walker with this image.
Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition – 3rd Place
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Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition
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Spirit of Nature Photography Competition – Winners Announced

Congratulations to Larry Doherty with this image.
Spirit of Nature Photography Competition – 1st Place

Larry tells us about the image –
Photo taken in County Tipperary, Ireland. I take macro photos of insects etc all the time. I like to show the insect life that is under our feet. A lot of people don’t even see this part of our wildlife or dismiss it.
These flies were on a sycamore tree trunk. The hardest part was making sure I got the two flies heads in focus. It took about 3 attempts to get the image I wanted.
I used an Olympus Em5 Mark ii camera and the Olympus 60mm macro lens with diffused flash. Flash was the Meike MK320 for micro four thirds.
I use a Lumiquest Softbox attached to the flash and also another DIY diffuser in front of that to get nice soft light.
Because there was nothing directly behind the tree, the flash falloff meant I got a black background which I think works in this image.
Technical details: Handheld. Manual mode, f/11, 1/160 and manual flash adjusted to suit the subjects.
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Congratulations to Anne Woodington with this image.
Spirit of Nature Photography Competition – 2nd Place
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Congratulations to Darren Athersmith with this image.
Spirit of Nature Photography Competition – 3rd Place
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Highly Commended images
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Spirit of Nature Photography Competition
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The Challenge

Photographers are very familiar with the challenges faced in their line of work. They often have to deal with challenges in order to be able to capture the right image at the right moment and deliver the intended message or provoke the right feelings. However, this category is about conveying the theme of challenge in a clear manner either in the way the photograph was shot or in its content and subject matter. The scope is quite wide; the challenge could be shown in the composition of the picture, the arrangement of its elements, sequence, the lighting, or in expressing the odd and unusual (without digital manipulation). It can be in capturing a fleeting moment that may never pass again, or in delivering a piece of information or situation that is quite hard for most people to do. Don’t limit your mind to what the challenge may be; seek it and capture it.

Grang Prize Winner
Landfill Ballerina
Arash Yaghmaeian | United States of America
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1st Winner
A Butterfly in Water
Giulio Montini | Italy
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2nd Winner
Knowledge, the Most Powerful Weapon
Adel El Masri | Palestinian Territory
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3rd Winner
A Fight for Survival
Mohammad Khorshid | Kuwait
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The Challenge
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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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Children In Nature

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing children in nature in the Children In Nature Photo Contest…

Congratulations People’s Choice “More than you think” by elenakonstantinidou
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Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “Someday” by ellestaples
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Congratulations Runner Up “The girl in the field” by vikkirogers
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Congratulations Runner Up “Leaves ” by maaikeschauer
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Congratulations Runner Up ““Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” ~ Albert Einstein. ” by pattyschmitt
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Congratulations Runner Up “Waiting for the storm to pass” by Darrenp
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Congratulations Runner Up “Winter’s Child” by NoelleMirabella
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Children In Nature Photo Contest Winners
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