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'Swamp & Marshland' Photocrowd Photography Competition Winners

Take a look at the 10 winners of the 'Swamp & Marshland' Photocrowd photography competition.

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The Photocrowd 'Swamps & Marshlands' competition sponsored by ePz has now closed to entries and the expert judge has made their final decision. 

Up for grabs were 10 prize bundles, which included Advanced foliopic accounts and ePHOTOzine Plus memberships, and here are the shots that took the top spots.


Expert Choice - Dave Stevenson's Top 5: 


1. ‘The North Wales coast from above’ by Michael Hilton 

The North Wales coast from above

"This is such a lovely angle; one of only a few shots from a photographer that isn't me that I want on my wall anyway. I really like the tones and the light in this picture; the dark brown water and lush green coastline, complete with its gradient from light to dark then back again.

The composition actually reminds me a bit of Rhein II by Andreas Gursky, but it's the tiny details that do it for me here. The little-landlocked boats in the middle of the frame, and the apparently abandoned dinghies towards the left, as well as the little clutch of seabirds on the other side. Awesome!" said Dave Stevenson. 

2. ‘meadow marsh’ by Nick P

meadow marsh

Commenting on the image, Dave Stevenson said: "This is a super image. I really like the warm orange tones and chilly-looking water; I also love how the water reflects the colour of the sky. It's such a gorgeous wintery scene, and another of a few images here that I'd like to see on my wall.

The smallest thing – I'd love to see what this same composition and treatment would look like with a neutral density filter attached, just to knock a bit of the detail and ripples out of the water."

3. ‘Ghost Lake’ by David Hopley 

Ghost Lake

"Another top-down entry. I'm not sure why I like these so much; possibly because so much landscape photography follows the tedious "bunch of rocks in the foreground, over-Photoshopped sky above", whereas this is far more eye-catching. The colours are really interesting, and the little splash of uneven light towards the bottom left stops the image simply looking like a map. The composition is another good one - this is top use of drone tech to produce a really interesting shot,” said Dave Stevenson.


4. ‘Wandering blind’ by Telly 

Wandering blind

"Awwwww yes. There is so much to like about this shot. The wandering tendrils of the trees reflected in the water, the silvery texture, the baffling abstractness of the whole thing. This is a really nice take on landscape photography and is so much more interesting than by-the-book images. I really like the processing as well – sepia is not exactly a terribly bold processing choice but it works so beautifully here, particularly with the water producing an almost metallic sheen,” said Dave Stevenson. 


5. ‘Wetland’ by Tom Karola


Commenting on the image, Dave Stevenson said: "The info for this image reveals it was taken in the Czech Republic; not previously a place on my bucket list but with landscapes like this I might just change my mind.This image is all about colour and composition. I love the wandering track (perfectly aligned with the rule of thirds, photo-geeks) as it weaves from top to bottom, and the golden reeds and blue cracked earth are complementary colours, giving the image a symmetry beyond its pleasing layout." 


The Crowd's Top 5: 


1. ‘Floating Forest’ by zerega

Floating Forest

2. ‘Beaulieu Marshes’ by Bogdan Zarkowski

Beaulieu Marshes

3. ‘Ethereal Light’ by jackie Edwards

Ethereal Light

4. ‘Fly over’ by Carolyn D'Alessandro

Fly over


5. ‘Marshland’ by Nadia 

For more information on the competition, visit the Photocrowd website. Also, do check out the entries for the previous competition we ran with Photocrowd that had the theme of 'amusing animals'.
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DavidLaverty 11 826 Northern Ireland
2 Jul 2016 10:40AM
Much prefer the ground based images rather than the drone shots.

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