I have decided this year to share the twenty five images I have entered into the UK’s most prestigious landscape photography competition, the Take-a-View Landscape Photographer of the Year. This is the biggest competition in the UK for landscape photographers with a £10,000 prize and national pride up for grabs. I do not normally share with you all the images I end up entering but I thought that I would break with tradition this year and let you all see for yourself what I have selected and entered.
Perhaps it will inspire you to enter next year’s competition (closing date was midnight Saturday 7th July 2018) or simply see what kind of images I think will hopefully be selected and awarded a distinction and of course make it into the annual hard back book that features around 150 images from the 18,000 entered. It really is a closely fought competition. Thankfully last year I had two images accepted ‘Cumbrian Floods, Buttermere’ and ‘Nature’s Torch, Buttermere’ both of which were awarded a ‘Commended’ award with both making the book and one of them ‘Nature’s Torchlight, Buttermere’ being included in the physical print exhibition that toured around the country recently. There was only fifty five prints selected to be included in the exhibition so it was with a certain amount of pride that one of them was mine.
Anyhow, without further ado, here are the twenty five images entered. I would be happy to hear which images you prefer the most and why. Please leave your comments at the end of the blog and I do read and reply to each comment left.
Enjoy and many thanks for looking.
Best wishes Melvin
UPDATE: 19th July 2018
Sadly none of the following twenty five images were successful this year. None of them reached the shortlist. Am I surprised? Yes. Am I disappointed? A little but my attitude is that you must show grace in your defeats as much as you do your successes. There’s always next year and so long as ultimately I am happy with the images I produce but more importantly, love the life that I am so fortunate to be able to live as a full time, professional landscape photographer.