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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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Did your image make our Retro Wall? #photography #London #londonphotofestival

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Can you help out? #photography #London #Londonphotofestival #volunteers

We are looking for reliable people to help during next month’s Festival:-

  1. Help to set up on 16 May from 18h00;
  2. A photographer for the Private View 17 May 18h00-20h00;
  3. A bar person for the Private View 17 May 18h00-20h00; and
  4. A photographer for the Click ‘n Clique evening 19 May 18h00-20h00;

We can offer you 50% off a space at the Festival (this will be refunded after you have volunteered!)

Please email us if you can help!

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April’s #free #photocontest now open + other competitions collaborations & exhibitions #photography #London

  1. Our monthly competition is now open for entries and the theme is ‘black & white’.
  2. A few spaces left for our festival in May – deadline to submit is 9 April.
  3. Zoe’s Masterclass, making the leap from amateur to professional photographer.  Early bird tickets only £10 until 31 March.
  4. Enter our abstract photography competition, win cash prizes and an exhibition in London.
  5. Our free Retro Wall is for first time exhibitors – enter here.

 

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We are delighted to be collaborating with @thephotowalkers Africa’s #photography tour specialists #africa

Looking for your next photography challenge?  How about joining The Photo Walkers on a once in a lifetime experience in Southern Africa – simply sit back and reap the rewards of their team’s many years of experience in the bush and behind the lens.  You can find out about their forthcoming tours to Botswana here.

“I recently had the opportunity to take part in a trial of a photographic skills course as an option on safari in Botswana. Photographing the amazing wildlife and stunning landscapes is central to most safaris, but the current crop of digital cameras in auto mode do it all for you don’t they?  Well think again. Over the course of several days Peter Hassall and Leanne Dryburgh (thephotowalkers.com) with their infectious enthusiasm gave the group a real feeling for how good photography is more than point and shoot. In one-to-one sessions they covered topics such as setting up the camera, interpreting meter readings relative to the quality and intensity of light, composition and framing the picture and, importantly, the advantages of manual control. There was also an opportunity to try out different lenses and even cameras. I found this a really stimulating programme and would recommend this option to anyone with an interest in photography at any level.”  D.W London

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