Each year I enter a photographic competition run by the Dorset Arts and Crafts association which is part of their annual exhibition in August which is held at the Purbeck school in Wareham. A number of members from Blandford Camera club enter prints and it’s always an enjoyable trip down to see the crafts, paintings and photographic exhibits.

As an exhibitor we could enter up to five in any of the sections such as colour or monochrome. I entered five images one never got an award but the four others did which I was really pleased about. There were two in the Colour print section, one in the monochrome section and on Wildlife. The images with their awards are below.

Vital Spark – Silver Award of Special Merit
Sika Stag – Commended
Poppy Sunrise – Silver Award of Special Merit
Over the Bridge – Highly commended

Another competition I enter was through an online photography magazine that I subscribe namely f11 Photography Magazine published by David Noton. David is a renowned travel and landscape photographer and the magazine is available worldwide. A competition is run each year named f11 Members Your Vision 2018 with the year of course changing. The judges were looking for pictures that displayed the most imaginative and perceptive photographic vision. The picture entered had to have an explanation on how and why you took it, my text is below the image.

Much to my surprise I had an email from David Noton saying I had won the category of Best Composition, to say I was surprised but very pleased is an understatement. It was judged by thirteen independent judges from different areas in photography. I won a Befree pro Manfrotto Tripod, neat enough for me to carry on my early morning walks.

Unless you are a subscriber you will not be able to view the magazine but if like me you love Landscape photography it is well worth the subscription.

Image: Morning light on Manor Drive, Child Okeford, Dorset. Canon EOS 6D with EF 70-300L Lens at 70mm, f16, 1/80sec, ISO 640

Story from Behind the Lens: I pass by this drive at least twice a week and I have taken many images of it as it is one of the routes to Hambledon Hill. I take my camera with me every day when I take my dog out around dawn and this day the rays coming through the Lime trees made a beautiful sight as I came back from the hill. There was mist around but nothing to excite me on the hill but this made up for it.

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