Landscapes

 

Diminutive Dune, Sand forms at low tide, West Wittering, West Sussex, England
The Landscape Photographer of the year 2017. Benjamin Graham’s “Diminutive Dune”, in West Wittering, West Sussex, England

The winners have been announced in the Landscape Photographer of the year competition. It is always fascinating to view these photographs, partly to see who won what, and partly to get a glimpse of any trends or styles that are currently in fashion. There are a number of awards, although the overall winner is Benjamin Graham’s unusual Diminutive Dune, (West Wittering, West Sussex, England).

Dawn patrol, Loch Garten, Cairngorms, Scotland
Graham Niven’s “Dawn patrol”

I like Graham Niven’s “Dawn patrol” (Loch Garten, Cairngorms, Scotland), although I think if I was the photographer I would have actually slid my own feet back, so that they were out of shot! Or maybe he spent hours to photo-shop them in!

Mawddach Estuary
Josh Cooper’s “Meandering Mawddach”,

One particular image captured my imagination, Josh Cooper’s “Meandering Mawddach”, (Gwynedd, NW Wales). We have an etching by Pauline Meade,  “Torridon Hills” with similar light, and striking monochrome features, which it resembles. It is the kind of image that you see more, the more you look, and rewards repeated viewings.

Encompassed
David Hopley’s “Encompassed”,

This image is fascinating,  as is David Hopley’s picture entitled “Encompassed”,
Rounded photographed in Colton, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England. BTW “Taddy” has some good breweries so well worth a visit!What I especially like about this image is that it is so iconic,  being well-constructed without being too smart or clever. It literally feels as though he has pulled the camera and taken a snap rather than spent endless hours constructing the image.

The youth section photographs are quite stunning and all these images of the British countryside are going on display. So if you’re around you can see the exhibition being held on display at London Waterloo station, from 20th November 2017 – 4th February 2018. It would be interesting to see the actual images themselves and see how they compare to viewing digitally online.

And if you’re a keen photographer yourself, you can enter next year. Just don’t take pictures of sand dunes by the sea, that’s not going to work again!

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I do like to be beside the Seaside

At the moment I have a bit of a crush on these seascapes  from Sally-Anne Adams.

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Sailing Boats, North Norfolk Coast
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Beach Huts, Wells-Next-Sea, Norfolk.

I can feel and hear the sea when I gaze at these images. Can almost smell the salt of the sea and sense the shifting clouds re-creating shapes and memories. Where’s you favourite seascape? Have you never yet been to the sea – in for a treat when you do.