I am absolutely over the moon to of made it into this years Landscape Photographer Of The Year 2013 book. This is only my second year of entering and to get in is such an amazing feat. Not only did the judges select my image but it also received a commended which basically means it received extra praise. The image will now appear in the book which will be released on the 31st October 2013 and will also be displayed with the other winning images at the National Exhibition Gallery in London from 7th December 2013 to 8th February 2014. Also if that wasn’t enough it will be part of a slideshow that will be projected onto the gallery at night time.
To think that I wasn’t going to enter this year but instead spend time honing my skills and get ready for next year seems a distant memory now. I have to say a massive thank you to Terry Gibbins, a fellow highly talented photographer and good friend for pushing me to enter this year. If it wasn’t for him I would not of done it.
My image was taken in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex. I was actually down there for a completely different reason but had my camera gear with me and remembered the spot from a previous workshop i had attended run by Doug Chinnery the previous year so decided to stop by and take a look. The tide was on it’s way back in but it had yet to cover the wide concrete path that goes out to these posts and also the railings that surrounds them. I was a bit pushed for time but decided to sit myself down on the pebble beach and wait for the tide to reach a point where the path and fence were no longer visible.
I knew in my mind what I wanted to achieve from the shot and set my gear up ready. If I remember correctly I think I only fired off 3 shots and then felt confident that I had captured what I wanted. It was then back in the car and on with the journey home. A quick upload into lightroom and a slight colour temperature change as you always get an overly blue cast when using the Lee Big Stopper filter and job was done. That was all that was needed, which I wish I could say the same for all my other images
So from the time Terry convinced me to enter to now has been a pretty tense time. First you have to pass the initial 1st round of cuts by the judges, it is at that stage you get to here if you have been shortlisted. You then are judged again and the winning entries are selected but you are not told from that initial email in July up until for me, last friday 18th October that you have been successful and made the book. So now I look forward to receiving my copy of the book, published by AA and my invitation to the private opening event in December where I get to meet the overall competition winner and the other delighted book entrants.