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Interview with Tony Bennett

Winner of Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013

Doug Chinnery

Doug Chinnery is a fine art photographer, workshop leader and lecturer with a particular interest in the transformative opportunities of landscape photography.

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The Landscape Photographer of the Year competition (or Take a View) has reached completion and the winners announced and we're happy to say, without any major controversy. Tony Bennett took the overall prize with a beautiful, misty photograph of Crummock Water (click the image below for a larger version).

Doug Chinnery has had Tony Bennett as an attendee on one of his workshops in the past and took the opportunity to get back in touch to ask a few questions for us. A short version of this interview is available on Doug's website but he asked a few extra questions for On Landscape and Tony has given us a few more images to use.

Doug Chinnery: First of all, let me congratulate you on your wonderful success in winning LPOTY 2013. Your image is stunning and a deserved winner. How did you feel when you heard you had won?

Tony Bennett: I was totally overwhelmed. Charlie Waite phoned me whilst I was in the car and the next mile passed as a blur. It was beyond my most optimistic hope. It took several days for the realisation to dawn upon me that i had actually won. I knew my image was good, but being good is not enough; you have to hope that the judges not only think it is good, but the best. That is the difficult part. And I knew that many very good photographers had entered the competition with some truly excellent images.The competition was fierce.

D: Can you describe the morning when you made the image?

T:That morning was just magical; one of those mornings that happen so infrequently but are always remembered. With a friend, Sarah, we left the hotel early and raced to the lake side. The dawn was just beginning to break. We set up our tripods at the water's edge and for the next hour and a half, just captured as many images of the ever-changing scene as we could. Did I say it was magical? It was. We eventually had to get back to the hotel for a late breakfast, but by that time the real mood of the scene had changed to mere normality, the mist had virtually gone, the sun was up and the lake surface was disturbed - no longer the glassy mirror it had been.

Crummock Water Dawn



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