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We speak to 2nd Runner Up Anja Filippini #London #photography #londonphotofestival

The London Photo Festival is extremely well-conducted and has a welcoming feel, all thanks to the founders who are very kind and accommodating. I especially liked the tasteful presentation of photographers’ work, and the simplicity of the venue itself. The high standard of this Festival is reflected in the quality of printing and framing as well. Being both affordable and well-visited, I believe it provides amateur as well as professional photographers with the perfect opportunity to get great exposure at low cost.

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We speak to this year’s judge @photopositive #photography #London #londonphotofestival

On 17th May I found myself at the crypt of St George the Martyr in London to judge the travel photo contest. Judging travel images is always  challenge because it is a such a wide genre that can encompass everything from sweeping landscapes to tiny details, to people, animals and abstracts. Indeed the images submitted spanned all of these and more. But this is part of the fun of judging a photo competition. Seeing how other interpret a theme is both enlightening and entertaining.
With so many strong images to select from, the two hours I spent walking around the exhibition were fraught with changes of mind, multiple winners and uncertainty over what to select as the overall best image, not to mention a second and third. The best solution is to be ruthless. In almost every image at the exhibition I found something to like or love, but there were also, in my opinion, faults. And it was these tiny faults that I had to use to cull. For example, there were two images that I really loved, as traditional pictures. But for me they just needed a tiny tweak – in both cases the subject was just off-balance in the frame – it was by the tiniest of margins but once the thought had formed in my mind, I couldn’t see past it and so they were discarded.
I walked around and around, constantly refining my choices. My first pass got me to around 20 images. Second time around this came down to 10. By my fourth pass I was down to seven. These formed the basis of my winners and honourable mentions as I’d decided four honourable mentions was acceptable, any more seemed indecisive in the extreme! Trying to go from these seven to a top three was nearly impossible, but there was one image that I kept coming back to.
Interestingly for me, it was not a traditional photo, but crossed the boundary in to art. For anyone that knows my work, I’ve very much about capturing the image in camera, so quite why this piece of artwork called to me so strongly is a bit of a mystery. I think it’s because of all the images there, it gave the purest sense of travel, journey and place. Maybe something that couldn’t be captured in a single image but required a montage to create an almost dreamscape of the location and the feeling of travelling. Despite my reservations about it being a photoshop montage I felt it fitted the theme better than anything else and was visually arresting to and for that reason, I selected Henry Rice as the winner.
As I said above though, there was something to love in almost every image submitted and on a different day, in a different mood, I could have selected any number of other winners and honourable mentions.
For those that entered, if I didn’t select you, do not feel disheartened or disillusioned. Judging a photo contest is a challenging and personal journey and ultimately, your success or otherwise falls on the decision of the judge. Keep persevering, keep shooting and keep entering. I hope to see you at a future LPF event!


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Did you make the final of our ‘water’ competition? #photography #London #competitions

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2nd Runner Up #londonphotofestival Anja Filippini #London #photography #travel

Anja Filippini

Girl On A Bus

London

“The Girl caught my eye instantly. She was smiling at two boys who ran up and down the stairs of a double decker. Suddenly, her face changed. Her mesmerising gaze was lit up by a beautiful soft light.” This image is part of the photographer’s series “Londoners In Transit”.

Biography:

Anja Filippini is a London-based street photographer with an avid interest in the genre of social documentary. She is currently working on documenting the welfare divide in East London.

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We have a new #photography #competition for you! Looking for your images of nature #photocontest

We are on the look out for your Nature images!  Show us your shots of landscapes, wildlife and plants – including any macro images such as  texture in a stone, tree bark, leaf, or any of other small scenes.

We invite you to unlock your creativity and submit your images. Good luck!

Prizes:

The top 20 selected images will be exhibited on our website and at a central London location for three months . Out of the 20 selected, three will win:-

First Place: £250 cash prize
Second Place: £150 cash prize
Third Place: £100 cash prize

 

Entry Deadline:

1st July 2017

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The amazing @rosie_hardy is judging your #fineart #photography! #london #competitions

Did you enter our abstract/fine art photography competition?  Rosie Hardy is our judge and we hope to be announce the top 20 top selected images for exhibition and her top three favourites and winners of the pool of £1,000 soon!

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Our next monthly #free #photography competition is now open! The theme is #water #London #competitions

Welcome to our new free monthly photography competitions! Each month we will run a themed photography competition – we will firstly select our favourite images and then the winning image will be voted for by the public.   You can enter here.

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Prizes:

What does the winning photographer get? Fame and glory for a start!  You will also be the Featured Photographer in our monthly newsletter (the month that follows the competition) and be included on our London Photo Gallery website where you will be given the opportunity to sell your image. Finalists will also receive recognition in our online gallery display and on all our social media channels via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Blog.

Entry Deadline:

20th of each month.

Copyright:

All submitted images remain sole property of artist/photographer.

Entry Fee(s):

Free

Judges:

Public vote.

Eligibility:

Contest is open to all individuals 18 years and older, worldwide.