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Olympus 'Flowers' Photography Competition

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Judges Writeup

Prize

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Sponsor

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An all time record number of entries were submitted for this competition, resulting in well over 1700 photos!

The fact is it's easier to photograph flowers as most of us have a garden or access to a garden and the stunning prize of two Olympus Pen E-PL3 cameras helped.

It may be easy to photograph flowers but recording them artistically can be a challenge as many of you have found. Considering the huge number of photos the shortlist is relatively small, so those shortlisted deserve a huge well done.

And to the winner - Martinl. We loved the brilliant colours of this poppy field. The low angle and the tight framing have delivered a shot with impact. Poppy fields are not easy to photograph well as the results can often look cluttered and messy, but the backlighting has picked out detail in the stems and radiant petals. The crop is just enough to give us the knowledge its a busy field, but the key focus is on the center three heads while choice of aperture and focal length ensure the background is just out of focus enough to avoid a distraction.

Second place is Cole's wildflower shot with a slow shutter speed to record the falling rain. Nature recorded brilliantly. The flower head is positioned in the upper left third so compositionally it suits the rule of thirds and subtle detail in the white petals is recorded faithfully thanks to Cole's careful exposure control.

Congratulations to Martinl and Cole, both of whom win a Olympus PEN E-PL3.

To be in with a chance to win one of three Kodak HERO7.1 printers be sure to enter our April competition themed 'Your Favourite Location' here.

Winners

Colour of Summer1st - martinl
Colour of Summer
Spring2nd - Coleslaw
Spring

Shortlisted Entries

Vintagestaticanimation
Vintage
The Flower LadyGarethRobinson
The Flower Lady
Getting full value.Niknut
Getting full va...
Early Riserade_mcfade
Early Riser
Sunflowerspaulcr
Sunflowers
CamelliasJenniCh
Camellias
Tulipssteeld
Tulips
Livingstone Daisyskye1
Livingstone Daisy
Clematisskye1
Clematis
Lupin daisy fieldohlavache
Lupin daisy field
Colour Impactleevancleef
Colour Impact
As far as the eye could seeAnnChown
As far as the e...
Pink RoseDewiO
Pink Rose
Yellow FlowerTammyLynn
Yellow Flower
White FlowerGlennberry
White Flower
OrchidBrianBailey
Orchid
Magnoliarichshep
Magnolia
A Drop of Goldmikesmith
A Drop of Gold
Dame's VioletsColinRobertsUK
Dame's Violets
Pulsatillachase
Pulsatilla
Stitchwortchase
Stitchwort
Snakeshead Fritillaryphil_j
Snakeshead Frit...
SpringColeslaw
Spring
Hanging Garlands ofLydia
Hanging Garland...
Green Winged Orchid variantsvangreaves
Green Winged Or...
Snowdrops at Sunrisejohn short
Snowdrops at Su...
Single Poppy in Camomile Meadowgeoffdufeu
Single Poppy in...
Japanese Anemone Bud and Pink Petuniasgeoffdufeu
Japanese Anemon...
Purple TonesTraceyPaper
Purple Tones
Best of the bunchmikewatson
Best of the bunch
Colour of Summermartinl
Colour of Summer
Witheredmjsayles
Withered
Feeling BlueSueTurner
Feeling Blue
WhiteSueTurner
White