Anyone that knows me, knows that I am horrible at remembering to enter competitions other than the SWPP competitions that I enter. Well, this year I made it a point to change that!! I have submitted two images to the Professional Photographer PPOTY 2014 competition. I have always seen the competition images and the results, but for reasons known only to me, I never actually entered until this year. I have submitted two images into the competition and both have been shortlisted by the judges and featured in the magazine. Below you will see the tear sheets from the magazine features.
My image on this page is obviously the lower image. I only say obviously because I can’t remember the last time I took an architectural photo, let alone one that good! 😀 The image you see here is of singer songwriter Cody Pennington, some of you might remember images of him from this post earlier in the year. You are only allowed to enter one image per category in this competition, and looking at the images I have taken so far this year it is easily one of my favourites. It was also a favourite of competition judge Craig Fleming. The photo is a little small, so here is what he had to say about my image of Cody.
What I like about this image is that the lighting is very subtle, and subtlety is something many people don’t do when it comes to location flash. Also, the styling is well thought out with similar tones running through the photograph in every element. In general, it’s a very nice portrait with good, strong composition.
Very kind words indeed, and words I am very proud of! I have always prided myself in my ability to light on location, and do it in a way that wasn’t over bearing while maintaining my edgy, grungy style and I think this photo epitomises this aspect of my photography.
Now if I thought the word were nice in the previous photo, they are even better for this photo!! Again, because it may be a little hard to read, here is what judge Chris King had to say about my Cosplay family photo.
Selecting a favourite from the entries so far has was not an easy process. With lots of photographers visiting our studio, we are used to different styles of family portrait, but how do you compare a soft and dreamy shot with low key, high key, or candid? In the end, I went with the shot that first caught my attention… the Steampunk Family be George Fairbairn. A few years ago, steampunk portfolio shots were everywhere and we even have a few pairs of those glasses in our prop cupboard, but to adopt the style for a family portrait is pure genius. The photographer and the family have clearly out a lot of thought and effort into getting the shot. Now I know that it’s had been heavily photoshopped, so it may not be to everyone’s taste, but the underlying fundamentals of portraiture are also very strong. A great pose, solid lighting and attention to detail in styling has given the retoucher a sold base to work from. However, no amount of post production is going to out do the pose from the little guy at the front. For me, he steals the show with his red jacket and don’t mess with me pose. I’m looking forward to seeing more entries being uploaded.
For me as well, the little man is the star of this portrait and it has been one of my most like photos of the year so far. Started with such a simple idea as well, and of course some absolutely amazing costumes by our family!
Sadly, I think there is still a long time to go in the entries for PPOTY so we won’t know any final results for awhile. I also don’t think I have any more categories I can enter in the competition so this may be the last post featuring images from the competition. Hopefully we will have some good news from the results when they are announced!