Better Photography Magazine Photograph of the Year 2015 Awards

The Better Photography Magazine Photograph of the Year 2015 awards were announced in early October from Australia. Another first-time competition, I am thrilled to have all five images submitted earned silver and bronze awards.

This image taken at Kennedy Lake, BC was on a very cloudy, gray day, with no wind. The perfect mirror reflection caught my eye right away. This image is comprised of 6 separate images stitched together. Only when I was looking at the complete image did the shape of guitars become apparent, hence the name “Kennedy Lake Strum”.

Better Photography Photograph of the Year_Silver Award_Kennedy Lake Strum

“Joined” is a single leaf floating in a pond that I have explored in a more creative manner. I love the way the two joined when the single image was duplicated and flipped. Several textures were selectively applied.

“Beauty” is the one image I entered into several different competitions and it scored very differently in each competition.

“Rapture” is a close-up of a tulip blossom, using various artistic tools and processes to achieve the look I was after.

“After the Storm” was taken on border of Alberta and Saskatchewan. A nasty storm has just passed overhead, clearing to the west bathed the landscape in bright, rich gold colours. The critiquing of this image was around the saturation and colour – it was too vibrant, unreal. The reality was the scene was actually more saturated and vibrant which I toned down in the processing with the thought the judges would have this comment.

On my next post I will discuss my first year experience entering photography competitions, judging and the value of competing.