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'Outdoors' Vanguard March Competition

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Judges Writeup





"It has been a pleasure judging the entries in this Vanguard competition. The submissions not only showed a high level of photography to mirror the quality forum posts that populate ePHOTOzine, but they also demonstrated considerate and more thoughtful computer processing. It's great to see that our imaginations are being pushed to the limits as technology takes us further.

Leftfield thinking and image strength is required by judges to rescue your image from the sea of entries. I am happy to report that you made it a difficult task for me. "
David Clapp

1st - Tim Munsey - Battered Boat - Beautiful toning and great painterly sky, a riot of textures and tones. A strong black and white image that stands out above the others with character and simplicity. Excellent work.Tim wins a Vanguard Skyborne 51 and Outlawz Zoom 17Z.

- Barber Pics - Up, Up and Away! - Wonderful use of bokeh and soft composition, which indirectly tells a strong and perhaps unintentional narrative. The viewer feels the birds have been released by a caring elderly lady, portraying sentiment with tenderness. Very enjoyable. John wins a Vanguard Skyborne 51.

3rd - Morgs - Lift Off! - A strong and dynamic architectural image, that makes the most of the camera angle to launch the viewer towards the sky. Great tonal balance across the frame but above all, strong processing skills to match this striking composition. David wins a Vanguard Skyborne 48.

4th  -richshep - Fragile World - Wonderful use of this 360technique, with superb use of a fisheye and stitching software in unison. This spiky orb is topped off by making this an unusual and unavoidable self portrait. Contrasting clothes and great glasses. Very enjoyable. Richard wins a Vanguard Skyborne 48.

  - Aleksy21 - Spellbinding abstract, with a strong graveyard feel thanks to the cross shape. So nice to see an image of this nature photographed without using a 10stop ND. Strong graphic silhouettes and soft colour palette make this stand out from the crowd. Aleksy  wins a Vanguard Skyborne 45.

6th - biker11 - Interface -Good use of telephoto to compress distance. The strong composition works well, with the line of trees giving it that something special. Competent and considerate processing make this a quality landscape, well done. Biker 11 wins a Vanguard Skyborne 45.


Battered Boat1st - TimMunsey
Battered Boat
Up, up and away!2nd - EddieDaisy
Up, up and away!
Lift Off!3rd - Morgs
Lift Off!
Fragile world4th - richshep
Fragile world
untitled5th - aleksey21
Interface6th - biker11

All Entries

Grose River ReserveSwaggie
Grose River Res...
seahouses harbour  northumberlandcarle
seahouses harbo...
ashford in the watersully
ashford in the ...
Battered BoatTimMunsey
Battered Boat
Migrant Hawker eye viewTimMunsey
Migrant Hawker ...
A Trip on Lake Windermeregingerdelight
A Trip on Lake ...
the raceluckybry
the race
A lone reflectionstaylor36
A lone reflection
Cold Springaczuprynski
Cold Spring
Swimming Colourswrinkles
Swimming Colours
Polzeath beach Cornwallpault511
Polzeath beach ...
Plough The HillMorgs
Plough The Hill
Milford Bluemilouvision
Milford Blue
Milford sunsetmilouvision
Milford sunset
Lift Off!Morgs
Lift Off!
Kimmeridge Bay, DorsetStevea4642
Kimmeridge Bay,...
Beach Bouyjer
Beach Bouy
Epping Forestbreadicus
Epping Forest
Sunset in yangon city.moeswe
Sunset in yango...
A carpet of snowdropsbeachfield
A carpet of sno...
mid walesstu8
mid wales
Tropical Berkshiredramy33
Tropical Berkshire
Spy in the SkyGypsyman
Spy in the Sky
Manchester at NightMisterD21
Manchester at N...
London Busselizzig
London Busse
London Eyelizzig
London Eye
Dead treemattj4
Dead tree
Storm breakinizinalba
Storm break