Wex Photographer of the Year 2017

Im pleased to announce that I have won Wex Photographer of the Year for the second year running. It was a very tight contest right up until the final week, when I managed to shortlist and secure the overall win. The exhibition and presentation will this year be held at the new Wex store in London, I'm very much looking forward to meeting everyone and having a few beers!

Below are a few of my favourite images I entered into the competition in 2017. 

STILTS - A winner in January

STILTS - A winner in January

ABYSS DESTRUCTION - A winner in February

ABYSS DESTRUCTION - A winner in February

ASSASSIN - Unsuccessful April entry

ASSASSIN - Unsuccessful April entry

WHITE NOISE - Winner in April

WHITE NOISE - Winner in April

DESCENT - Shortlisted in May

DESCENT - Shortlisted in May

DARK TOWER - Unsuccessful May entry

DARK TOWER - Unsuccessful May entry

FIELDS OF GOLD - Unsuccessful entry in June

FIELDS OF GOLD - Unsuccessful entry in June

MOONLIGHT - Shortlisted in June

MOONLIGHT - Shortlisted in June

MONTY - Unsuccessful July entry

MONTY - Unsuccessful July entry

FIVE PAST EIGHT - Shortlisted in August

FIVE PAST EIGHT - Shortlisted in August

GLOW - Winner in September

GLOW - Winner in September

SYNTH - Shortlisted in October

SYNTH - Shortlisted in October

SNOWFALL - Winner in November

SNOWFALL - Winner in November

RENAISSANCE - Final entry

RENAISSANCE - Final entry

LPOTY 2017

Im pleased to announce that I have won the 'Your View' category in this years Landscape Photographer of the year. This was way beyond any expectations I had and it's most deftly my proudest achievement to date since starting my photography journey. 

The winning shot is probably my favourite image to date 'Stilts', this shot is published in the LPOTY 2017 book for which I have received a signed copy from Charlie Waite. Winning the 'Your View' category also means I have won prize money of £1000 :-) 

STILTS - Winner in Your View

STILTS - Winner in Your View

I was also lucky enough to have another commended image 'Destruction' in the same category, this shot also features in the book.

DESTRUCTION - Commended in Your View  

DESTRUCTION - Commended in Your View  

2016 - A MEMORABLE JOURNEY

I went into 2016 with my main goal of progressing and improving my photography. I have owned a DSLR for several years now, but in all honesty I have never really taken photography very seriously before 2015 when I started to become addicted to several genre's of photography including macro and landscape. 

In 2016 I found myself concentrating more on landscape, and in particular long exposure mono or muted colour seascapes. Now while I'm happy with my progression in this particular style of photography I still have much to learn and there are many places I want to shoot. 

TWISTED - First place WPOTY

TWISTED - First place WPOTY

TWITTER
in May I decided to re-open my Twitter account as I had heard various people talk about the great community of photographers, that I could hopefully draw inspiration and learn from. Theres no doubt about it there are some wonderful photographers on Twitter, and I will hopefully be doing another blog soon with my top 10 images from Twitter togs. If you are a keen photographer, the best advice I can offer you is get on Twitter and join in the fun!

WEX PHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHIER OF THE YEAR
WPOTY is a popular weekly photographic competition run by Wex Photographic on Twitter. Each Monday hundreds of photographers (sometimes up to 400) enter the competition by submitting a shot from the previous week with the hashtag #wexmondays. All these entries are then judged by wex and then they choose a shortlist of 10 from which a top 3 are announced! The top 3 placed entries each week then receive points which contribute to the overall standings in the comp (1st 50pts . 2nd 20pts . 3rd 10pts).

I started WPOTY in May, and to be honest I didn't really believe I could do well having seen the standard of entries on show, my main aim was to get a top three entry before the end of the comp! 

Well its safe to say I surpassed my early expectations by some margin, racking up a total of 310pts including 4 winning images and eventually winning the competition. This really was something I didn't believe to be possible to achieve, I still feel like I'm just at the start of my photography journey with so much to learn and improve on. 

You can read my Wex interview here: www.wexphotographic.com

EIGHT - First place WPOTY

EIGHT - First place WPOTY

ABYSS - First place WPOTY

ABYSS - First place WPOTY

GALACTIC - First place WPOTY

GALACTIC - First place WPOTY

2016 Achievements
Winning WPOTY really did top off a great year for me, here are some of my other achievements I am also very proud of:

WEX PHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Winner
OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - 2 Commended images
MANOR MAGAZINE - 12 page featured photographer (Dreamscapes) 
WEX PHOTOGRAPHIC - Article (Long exposure minimalism)
PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKLY - Various publicised images
 

A New Beginning!

So I've decided to start my blog section of the site all over again, especially now I am focussing solely on landscape photography. I have deleted a couple sections on the site (concept 7 wildlife) and will now only be uploading my landscape work. I also intend to try and keep the blog up to date with short entries from various landscape outings!

Friday 22nd September 2016... I thought I'd try my hand at some ICM photography after being inspired by the wonderful work of Andy Gray. Andy really has perfected the art of ICM Abstract Landscapes, if you haven't seen his work I strongly suggest you take a look: http://andrewsgray.photography

Here's my first attempt at ICM (intentional camera movement), taken from Bantham Beach looking towards Burgh Island on the South Hams coast. I wanted my ICM to reflect my current minimalist style so I have framed the island and headland with plenty of negative space to the foreground but also kept some detain in this area. 

Burgh Island ICM

Burgh Island ICM