And the winner of the South West Coast Path Photography Competition 2015 is ......

09th February 2016
In: News
I've entered the South West Coast photography competition in the previous 2 years and been successful in making it to the winning 12 images to be selected for the calendar both years, but always hoped to be the overall winner someday and this year I did it. The competition closed in December 2015 and the judging then began and the winner announced today via Social Media.

My image of Burton Bradstock after Sunrise was judged to be the overall winner by David Noton, one of the best landscape and travel photographers in the UK and world renowned. David is also a former winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

For those of you who know me you won't be surprised how much this means to me as I've been a follower of David's since I returned to landscape photography in 2009 after a long break to concentrate on cycling and also my career and joined the digital age after many years of processing film in the darkroom. David's website was a source of inspiration for me and still is as he travels the world 'living the dream', which in reality is bloody hardwork.

His critique of my image is something I'll always treasure:

“There’s a beautiful richness to the tones in this image, from the shadows in the cliffs to the brightest part of the twilight sky. Like all the best images it’s a simple composition with nothing in the frame that doesn’t deserve to be there. The exposure is perfect; just slow enough to suggest movement in the breaking wave while retaining the texture and form of the water surface. The way the streaks of the waves on the wet sand has been captured is particularly appealing, as is the sliver of moon in the sky. The texture of the layers of rock in the cliffs is also highly evocative; they take the viewer’s eye into the picture towards Golden Cap in the distance.”

My prize for winning is a luxury two-night stay at the Thurlestone Hotel in South Devon and includes a ‘walker’s special’ – mini foot treatment and glass of bubbly. My wife and I can't wait and I'll be out on the coastline looking for new locations and hopefully return with some new images.

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