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Oh No! What have we done!? We’ve only gone and started a photography competition! OK, I know, I’ve moaned about competitions for a long time and also suggested that the perfect photography competition doesn’t exist (or if it does, it’s actually a community-curated exhibition or book i.e. not feasible) but the truth of the matter is that nearly everyone I know is interested in competitions in some way and have always expressed the opinion that a ‘healthy’ competition is a ‘good thing’... mostly. For instance, the majority of people would look at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards and be impressed at the talent on display, the quality of the books and exhibits and the amazing photographers who enter. And on that subject, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year used to have a landscape photography category until last year. This was part of the reason for me having another think about things. The other thing that got me thinking was when I found out that Matt Payne was also looking into a possible landscape photography competition because there was no real option for photographers working in a ‘realistic’ fashion to submit work alongside others working in a similar way.
To cut a long story short, under the age-old rule of “if you want something doing, you’d better do it yourself”, we collaborated and started the Natural Landscape Photography Awards, which you can read more about in this issue (or have a quick look at the website at naturallandscapeawards.com.
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I would recommend everyone to go through the process of choosing a single 'end frame' image. It turns out to be an excellent, almost cathartic, exercise of reflection. more
These are far from widely recognised places. Only a local would know where the pictures were made. Creatively this can work in our favour…it may be this makes these photographs more open to personal interpretation. more
If anybody has been reading On Landscape on and off over the last decade, you’ll know I’ve written about competitions a few times. The idea of competitive art seems anathema somehow but I think we can all understand the desire to see how your work would be judged by your peers... more
I was interested in discovering man’s influence over the landscape, up until the very edges of our coastline, wanting to highlight the conflict between the natural and man-made environment. more
This is not the ‘beauty of the banal’ often associated with the New Topographics, but nor is it the grandiose statements of the straight photographers. Instead of metaphorically pointing dramatically at what is being seen, Cody’s images reflect on what the photographer has felt in the landscape. more
There is no better place to be explored by a kayak, than these swamps. One just glides effortlessly and silently through a magical wonderland, chooses his own route, his own tempo. more