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the floral world on page 24

Rumours abound about the newest member of the D800 family DSLR gets tested on page 32 Nikon teases D850

Over 800 images were received in the three categories – Abstract, Icon of London and Street – from the hundreds of photographers who attended our annual event back in July. The three winners each got £1500 worth of Fujifilmcameraequipment of theirownchoice. The winning and shortlisted entries are featured here but you can see all the entries on the new PN website. The new issue can be read online too without the need to register first. Photo 24 results

On its 100th anniversary last month Nikon teased the launch of its full-frame D850 camera. No specification details have been announced, but you would expect a camera with the D800 series pedigree to boast a high resolution full-frame sensor (the D810 is

36 megapixels) and an upgraded autofocus system among other things. Also, while no product images have been officially released, images on the nikonrumours.com website reveal that the D850 will have a tilting monitor – assuming these pictures are genuine of course.

No been announced but with the busy autumn buying period around the corner, we wouldexpect it tobe in the shops soon. Watch this space; we’ll keep you fully updated. release date has

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Laowa’sMagic new shift News in brief

Venus Optics has unveiled the Laowa Magic Shifter Converter (MSC), which allows you to convert an ultra-wide angle lens into a shift lens. Specially designed for the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens, the MSC can be used to fit Canon and Nikon mount lenses to Sony's E-mount cameras. The adapter has been built with a patented optics system. The Canon EF variant is available to pre-order now, with the Nikon AI variant available later. The guide price is expected to be £299.

Bowens gone Long established UK lighting company Bowens has gone into liquidation. Bowens was bought along with photo retailer Calumet last year by asset manager, Aurelius Group (the Group acquired WEX earlier this year). In a statement provided to Photo District News, pdnonline.com, Calumet said the decision was due to the “the far-reaching changes affecting its market, including new, considerably less expensive products by Chinese manufacturers, product innovations by competitors, photographers, who are now only willing to invest in new equipment if the investment guarantees additional income.” It’s sad news that a British brand of 94 years whose products many of us grew up with has gone. It's also disappointing that the brand could not react effectively to the changing market conditions, which surely would have been evident to them years ago. bowens.co.uk and the changed buying behavior of professional

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Getupclosewith Voigtländer

Voigtländerhasannouncedtherelease of its MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical lens. The Sony E-mount macro lens is designed for full-frame cameras and offers a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2 at a minimum focus distance of 31cm. It has both a manual focus and manual aperture controls, but also features electrical contracts to allow settings to be recorded within the EXIF data. Its apochromatic optical designreduces longitudinal chromatic aberrations. The lens weights 625g andmeasures 91.3mm. Available now, it retails for £750.

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NewLeica addition

Go light with Sirui The Sirui NT-1005X is a compact travel tripod that weighs in at 1.44kg and is strong enough to take a 8kg load. Its folded height is 36cm but fully extended it reaches a very useable 148.3cm.

The Leica TL2 features a newly developed 24-megapixel sensor and a Maestro II processor. This processor allows the camera to focus in as little as 165 milliseconds, which is three times faster than the previous model. It’s also got a faster start- up time and its electronically controlled shutter means that even when shooting at speeds up to 1/40,000sec it will be silent. What’s more the TL2 also boasts a continuous shooting rate of 20 frames-per-second. Its design has been based on the Leica TL-system and each camera is created from a single block of aluminium in the Leica factory. The TL2 offers 4K 3840x2160p video at 30 frames- per-second. Other features include built-in Wi-Fi and a 3.7in LCD touchscreen. Available now, it is priced at £1700.

The tripod comes complete with an E-10 ball head and one leg can be detached and used as a monopod. Combined with the centre column and ball head, the monopod has a working height of 154cm. The NT-1005X legs have non-slip twist locks, the centre column can be reversed for low-level shooting and there is a ballast hook too. The NT-1005X is available now and is priced at £179.99.

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The BenQ PD2500Q monitor, available for £334.99 has been professionally factory calibrated to 100% RGB and Rec.709 standards and is also Technicolor Color Certified for precise colour quality. This 25in 2K QHD (2560x1440) resolution offers viewers fine details and clarity and depth to images. It is compatible with Universal HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort and USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity. BenQDesigner monitor PD2500Q Protectyour lens withtheMarumi ExusSolidfilter Kenro has added a new range of flagship lens filters from Marumi to its range. The construction of the Marumi Exus Solid filter features hardened glass which is seven times stronger than conventional filters and its super-slim design helps to avoid vignetting. The glass also has an ultra-low reflection rate of 0.2% and for added protection its anti- static coating is water and oil repellent allowing you to remove dust and fingerprints with a soft cloth. The Exus Solid is made in Japan and is available in 13 sizes from 37-82mm, with a further three sizes yet to be announced. Prices start from £53.94. benq.co.uk

News in brief

Interfit Honey Badger This new 320Ws studio flash head is named after the Guinness Book of World Records ‘World’s Most Fearless Creature’. It has a 7-stop power range and can be adjusted down to 5Ws in 1/10th of a stop increments. Price and availability still to be confirmed. uk.interfitphotographic.com

Kingston pocket size card reader

Kingston Digital has launched the MobileLite Duo 3C microSD card reader, which also reads SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I cards. It works with USB Type-A and Type-C ports and is compliant with USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) specification. Price is £16.63. kingston.com

Panoramic pictures with the PIXI Pano360

Suitable for CSCs, DSLRs, GoPro cameras and smartphones, the Manfrotto PIXI Pano360 allows you to create vibration-free panoramas, time-lapses and 360° hyper lapse videos. Its dedicated app allows you to control the speed rotation and angle of the head. This compact and portable device can easily fit into your bag and it can hold a maximum weight of 2kg. A ¼-inch thread attachment on the bottom of the device allows you attached it to a tripod. Create stunning panoramas with the PIXI Pano360which is available now for £124.95.

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DiscountedDatacolor upgrade If you own a display calibration kit you can take advantage of Datacolor’s upgrade to Spyder5ELITE+, saving £130. The offer runs until 31 August and is for the package which includes the Spyder5ELITE+ software as well as a 90-day Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan membership. datacolor.com/ promo/crossgrade25

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Shoot thecoast towin Photography News has teamed up with expert photo printers LumeJet to bring you the chance of seeing your favourite photographs produced as a glorious L.Type print. Win this free-to-enter contest and you will have £200 to spend on L.Type prints fromthe LumeJet website.

expansive vista with a stunning sky, but equally effectivemight be an arty study of a rock pool. Only one image is allowed and UK only residents can enter. Judging will be done by PN’s editor and the closing date is midnight 3 September 2017. For full terms and conditions please see photographynews.co.uk. The winner of last month’s contest for best travel imagewaswon byKimWalton. To enter (it's freex) visit photographynews. com/win, click on the LumeJet competition and submit your entry.

L.Type by LumeJet is the latest step in the company’s development and represents the culminationofover15yearsofresearchintosilver halide.LumeJethasalwaysbeenpassionateabout printing beautiful photography and now with L.Type the fusionof classic analogue silverhalide materials, cutting–edge digital print technology and super-accurate colour management enables the faithful replication of a photographic vision with hitherto unseen precision and sensitivity. To be in with the chance of winning £200 worth of L.Type prints all you have to do is enter your picture of our coastline. You may go for an

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Travel Photographer of the Year exhibits at Greenwich

ExploreOur NaturalWorld

The Travel Photographer of the Year awards will be exhibiting the latest winning images at the University of Greenwich’s 10 Stockwell Street building in London. It is open now and runs till 3 September. Entry to the exhibition is free. But that’s not all, there will also be a series of TPOTY Summer Talks across August which includes speakers such as Philip Lee Harvey, Timothy Allen and Eamonn McCabe. Tickets will be priced at £30 and include access to

Thomson 7th photography contest has the theme Our Natural World that you can interpret as a stunning landscape or wildlife in a natural setting. The contest is open to photographers of any age (but no professionals) and entries can be taken anywhere in the British Isles. First prize is £200 with £50 each for three runners-up. Entry is free with a maximum of two entries per person and images will be judgedbyapanel of three including Bill Doherty who won the 2013 running of this contest. Entries will be judged on originality, technical ability, composition, artistic merit and overall impact. Entries must be JPEGs of at least 1MB and emailed to nature@thomsonecology.com. Closing date is 30 September and for competition rules, terms and conditions visit thomsonecology.com/home and find the competition in the ‘About’ dropdownmenu. Ecology’s

Finally, there is still time to enter this year's TPOTY contest which closes 25 September.

the exhibition when it isn’t open to the general public, drinks and a free TPOTY journey book. In addition there will also be a variety of workshops and

Greenwich photowalks led by Chris Coe, founder of TPOTY. For details of these events, and to book workshops and photowalk places visit the belowwebsite.

Chris Coe officially opens the TPOTY exhibition

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SonyWorldPhotography Awards 2018

Science competition shortlist revealed 3563 entries were submitted to the Royal Photographic Society’s Sciencecompetitionand100images have been selected for the shortlist. Five winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 12 September and an exhibition of the shortlisted images will follow in 2018.

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Two winners from the UK, Britta Jaschinski and Ellie Davies were among the 12 international photographers to be announced as the winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards. Magnumand LensCulture Photography Awardswinners announced

The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards are now open and this year sees the introduction of two new categories in the professional competition – creative and discovery – aswell as a newSonyGrant. The competition consists of four awards; Professional (consisting of ten categories), Open (the best single image across ten categories), Young (for photographers aged 12 to 19) and Student Focus (for those studying photography). All category winners will receive prizes from Sony; the overall Photographer of the Year will

receive $25,000 and the overall Open winnerwill receive $5000. The Sony Grant will be awarded to multiple winners in the professional categories who will receive $7000 for a photographic project of their choice. Shortlisted photographers from the Student Focus competition will each be given $3500 to work together on a photographic commission set by Sony and the World Photography Organisation. For closing dates and how to enter details visit:

Above Lissa Rivera, United States — “Beautiful Boy” Lavender Gown, 2016.

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Foto Fest final reminder

News in brief

If you haven’t already got the date in your diary get your pen at the ready. Fotospeed’s Foto Fest 2017 takes place 10 September 2017 at the University of Bath’s state-of-the-art venue, the Edge. Foto Fest takes places from 9:15am to 5:15pm and you’ll have the chance to hear from world renowned photographers Martin Hartley (expedition and adventure travel photographer), Paul Sanders (landscape photographer and former picture editor at The Times ), Ben Hall (award-winning wildlife photographerwhohasover20BritishWildlife PhotographyAwards) andColinPrior (author, landscape photographer and panoramic specialist). In addition to this you’ll be able to explore the Market Place where a variety of photographic brands will be exhibiting, allowing you to get exclusive deals and expert helpandadvice fromindustry experts. Tickets are priced at £45 with free tea and coffee included aswell as free parking.

MyWoodbyStephenDalton Author of 14 titles, multi-award winning photographer Stephen Dalton is launching his new bookMyWood on 7 September. It offers an insight into Dalton’s nine-acre broadleaf woodland, which is part of 53 acres around his home that hemanages as a private nature reserve. The book includes stunning images of bluebells and woodland landscapes as well as deer, badgers, birds andmanymore species including shots of insects in flight – what Dalton is best known for. MyWood will be available fromall good bookshops or directly from the publisher Merlin Unwin Books priced at £14.99. Look out for issue 48where will be interviewing Dalton on his work and book. merlinunwin.co.uk world’s first automated photo enhancement solution that uses artificial intelligence to adjust your images. Among themany correction features are Smart Dehaze, exposure compensation, Color Recovery and noise reduction. A single licence for individual use is $30 or a family licence for five users is $50 – there is an offer on this option at themoment and you can get it for $35. photolemur.com Photolemurv2.0 Photolemur software for Mac andWindows is the

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Shooting themoon Moonshots is a celebrationofNASAspace exhibitionas seen through Hasselblad cameras. Aerospace author Piers Bizony has worked with NASA’s archive of Hasselblad images to produce this book that makes the most of the high-quality medium-format originals. This beautifully produced book is priced at £60 and comes with a slipcase. It’s out on 5 October.

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Tell us your club’s latest news, email: clubnews@photography-news.co.uk

Clubs

Camera club news If your club has any news that you want to share with the rest of the world, this is the page for it. Your story might be about your club’s success in a contest, or a member’s personal achievements; it could be about a group outing you had recently or when the annual exhibition is on show. Any news is eligible for inclusion, so club publicity officers please take note of the submission guidelines and get your stories in

How to submit

Deadline for the next issue: 28August 2017

We need words and pictures by 28 August 2017 for the next issue of Photography News , which will be available from 11 September 2017. Write your story in a Word document (400 words max). Please include contact details of the club, exhibition or event: website, meeting times, opening times, whatever is relevant. Images should be JPEGs, 2000 pixels on the longest dimension, any colour space, and image credits should be included. If the story is an exhibition or event, please send a picture from the exhibition (not the publicity poster) or one from the event. If it includes people, please identify them. Attach the Word document and JPEGs to an email and send to clubnews@photography-news.co.uk

New centre for RPS Digital Group

Windsor PS’s great start

World-renowned photographer comes to Bromsgrove

The RPS Digital Imaging Group has a new south east centre and kicks off its programme with a talk by renowned photographer Steve Le Provost FRPS. He is a multi award-winning, widely exhibited image maker and his talk features several newworks. This launch event is sponsored by Fotospeed, and there will be a raffle with support from Epson, PermaJet, Hahnemuhle as well as Fotospeed with great prizes to bewon. This inaugural event takes place 1 October,from10amto3.30pm,andthe venue is the Weald of Kent Grammar School, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 2JP. For details and bookings for Le Provost’s talk, email Barrie Brown at digtreasurer@rps.org. Cost is £12 for non RPS members, £9 for RPS members and £6 for DIG Group members and students. The new centre’s organiser is Bruce Broughton. “A programme of other notable speakers is already being planned for 2018,” he says.

Windsor PS has a great line-up of speakers to kick off its new season. On 4 September, there is Matthew Cattrell who won LandscapePhotographer of the Year 2016. The following week PN’s editor Will Cheung FRPS talks about his work, and on 18 September leading sports shooter Mark Pain does a talk. Meetings take place at The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture, St Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3BL. These talks cost £5 for non-members.

Award-winning wildlife and nature photographer Des Ong will deliver The Bill Chambers Memorial Lecture on 21 September at the Bromsgrove School commencing at 7.30pm. Roger Lewis, Chair of the BPS said “Bill Chambers was a leading light of the society for many years. In honour of his dedication and commitment to the club, each year we organise a special evening and invite world-renowned speakers to share their experiences. Des Ong has won many awards and his work has been published in numerous leading journals. I feel we are lucky to book him.” This is a ticket only event at £2.50 per person and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be ordered by emailing Jan Harris on:

“The launch of the south east centre has been made possible by the hard work, enthusiasmand determination of a small group of DIG supporters. However, more volunteers are needed to get the centre fully up and running, so if you live in the south east and would like to help with this exciting new venture, please let me know on digse@rps.org.”

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Annual exhibitions

As the new season kicks off in September, many clubs use this time of year to showcase their work. Here are four clubs with annual shows in the coming weeks

EarlShiltonCameraClub Earl Shilton CC’s third annual exhibition takes place 25 to 30 September. The exhibition is

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Shillington andDistrict Camera Club Shillington and District CC annual exhibition features 200 digital images and 200 colour and monochrome pictures. The show is being held on Saturday 16 September at Barton Village Hall in Hexton Road, Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire MK45 4JY, between 10.30am and 4.30pm. The exhibition also features trade stands, refreshments, a tombola and a picture competition. Shillington and District Camera Club’s new season starts on 18 September with lectures and competitions every Monday evening at 8pm. shillingtoncc.org.uk

The City Photo Club is the brainchild of Steve Gibson and Belinda Buxton. “There are quite a few clubs in Norfolk but not many that are based inNorwich city centre,” says Steve. He continues: “We are both old hands on thecameraclubsceneandbelieve they need a fresh outlook. Our programme is on our website now. As it’s our first year, we are not charging a sub but a meeting fee of £2.50 per person. Our aim is to promote photography at all levels and we aim to make the club a practical and proactive one.” The first meeting is 5 September, then every 1st and 3rd Tuesday in the month. The venue is The Reindeer Pub & Kitchen, 10 Dereham Road, Norwich, NR2 4AY.

Ripon City PS’s annual exhibition will be held at the Allhallowgate Methodist Church, Victoria Grove, Ripon HG4 1LG on 2 September. It’s free to all, in a mobility- friendly venue and is open from 9.30am to 4pmwith an official opening at 10amby the Mayor of Ripon, Councillor Pauline McHardy. As well as a varied selection of prints there will be a display of digital images, both including prize-winning entries fromRCPS competitions, the Yorkshire Photographic Union, the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and other organisations. riponcityphotographicsociety. co.uk

exclusively sponsored by Earl Shilton Town Council and entry is free. The venue is the Atkins Gallery, Lower Bond Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1QU, with opening hours from 10am to 3.30pm. Other aspects to the exhibition including a range of old cameras and the chance to vote for your favorite photograph. On 27 September Earl Shilton’s meeting takes place at the exhibition, starting at 7pm so visitors get the chance to experience club activities too. There’s also the chance to take portraits (£1 donation appreciated) using a studio set-up. earlshiltoncameraclub.org.uk

BungayCameraClub Bungay CC’s exhibition opens 2 September from 10amuntil 6pm at Broome Village Hall, Sun Road, Broome, NR35 2RW. Entry is free and as well as the chance to see members’ photographs, there will be photography-related talks; craft stalls; the chance to try optics from Viking Optical; tea, coffee, sausage rolls, cakes; and a tombola! Plenty of free parking available. bungaycameraclub.co.uk

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Profile DavidNoton Noton is one is the UK’s leading travel photographers and while he was between trips we grabbed the chance to have a chat him about his life, work and everything

Photography captivated me 37 years ago and it’s dominated my life ever since. To establish yourself as a professional photographer takes time; to carve out a niche doing travel and landscape work you can double that. But for me there was never any other option; beautiful pictures of beautiful places are what brought me into the profession in the first place. The seemingly endless waiting sometimes gets tome; it’s quite normal to devote a couple of weeks to one image. I seem to spend my life waiting for the right light but it is somuch part ofthejobthatcomplainingaboutitisas pointless as a fisherman complaining the sea is wet! No photographer can wave a magic wand to make a shoot in poor light work. Deadlines have to be either weather flexible or reasonable; otherwise I’ll decline the job. But that being said it’s always worth persisting withwhat appearshopeless situations; I’m often surprised with what Mother Nature serves upwhen all looks grim. In 1976 I joined the Merchant Navy as a deck officer cadet in search of travel and adventure, where my interest in photography began. After three years sailing the seven seas I went to college in Gloucester to study photography graduating in 1985. I jumped in at the deep end as a freelance photographer based in Bristol. Initially I was grateful for any photographic work I could get, but gradually I inchedmyway up the ladder of professional photography. Along the way I won awards in the landscape categories of the British Gas/BBC Wildlife Photography Competition in 1985, 1990 and 1991. Since 1995 our business has been based in Milborne Port, near Sherborne, on the Dorset/Somerset border. My main activity is as a landscape travel photographer, although these days I’m a writer, film maker and publisher too. But the photography always comes first, the rest is all in support of that.

In the 32 years I’ve been a professional I’ve travelled to every continent in the world except Antarctica - and that’s on the list. My wife Wendy and I spend much of the year travelling, there’s always a new horizonbeckoning.I’mstillpassionate about photography and feel like I’m only starting, there’s so much more to learn. All aspects of photography fascinate me; from capturing the first light of day on a frosty landscape or making the most of a bustling market in Vietnam to portraying the dignity of a wrinkled face in China. Although the constantly evolving technologies of photography demand that my ways of working both in the field and in the digital darkroom are always developing one fact remains the same: it’s the pictures that matter. My main activity now is producing photography, stories and videos for our own publishing activity; namely the f11 Photography Magazine which we publishmonthly for exclusively for our f11members. These days stock photography is not a priority. When shooting stock wasmymain activity Iwas constantly surprised with what sold well. It was very rarely my favourite images. I found my transport and business related images sold best. My best ever selling imagewas a shot of commuters crossing London Bridge with lots of motion blur so individuals faces couldn’t be recognized. It’s not exactly an image I’d hang on thewall! Stock photography is a business service, not art, somy best landscapes rarely did well as stock. Stock photography by its very nature panders toclichés. Pro photographers of all disciplines are often required to produce images to order, usually of very boring subjects. A photographer who can make a dull subject visually interestingwill dowell. If you want to shoot stock think about what it’s going to cost you, and what you’re likely to earn in return.

Biography

Years in the photo industry? 32. How did that happen? Current location? Milborne Port, Somerset. Last picture taken? This morning at 6.29am on Bulbarrow Hill When youwere younger, what did youwant to bewhen you grewup? Formula One World Champion Dogs or cats? Dogs Toast or cereal? Toast, with peanut butter Email or phone call? Depends on who is calling! Increasingly the phone

traces of maple syrup inmy blood. I also love our annual trips to France, and Italy, not to mention South East Asia, and Australia. But SouthAmerica has been the scene for many of our recent adventures; we’re not long back fromArgentina. I have south-west France next, then Greece, Colombia later in the year. Essentially, it’s more adventure, more travel, more waiting for the light, more steaks in South America, more striving to become a better photographer, more spectacles in some of the world’s most beautiful places, more laughs with my wife Wendy on the road and in the garden, and inevitably more emails.

Shoot the subjects no one else is. A picture of Durdle Door is never going to set the world alight, no matter how good, but an image which sums the quandaries of climate change justmay. Turning pixels into cash just gets harder and harder, but then again my lifebehindthelensprovesthatdreams can come true. To survive in theworld of professional photography you have be more dedicated, more committed, more driven, more organized, more persistent, more determined, more imaginative and, quite frankly, more foolhardy then the rest. Security and stability are never an option in this game. You’re also going to have to be incredibly creative, not just behind the lens but also with the way you present yourself to the world in the search for work. Standing out from the crowd is not easy, but then again nothingworthwhile ever is. My favourite UK location is home, here in Dorset. Last week I was in Wester Ross; when the light’s good in Scotland there are few places I’d rather be. Around the world I love Canada, because I was partly brought up there, and it’s a landscape photographer’s paradise. There’s so much room, and so much wilderness. Cut an armoff and I’msure you’d find

My best ever selling image was a shot of commuters crossing London Bridge with lots of motion blur

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David Noton contributed to Adobe Stock’s Visual Trend ‘No Man Is An Island’, which celebrates mankind’s relationship with the natural environment. Find out more about Adobe Stock at: stock.adobe.com/uk

Images Noton's work takes him all around the world – Antarctica he hasn't been to yet, but it's on his list.

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Photo 24: The competition results Hundreds of brilliant images were entered, but only three can win. Here are the results…

Written by Jemma Dodd

Gareth: “I can’t believe it, I’m delighted! It means the world to me. I’ve never entered a competition before, I’m so pleased.” Neetha: “I am delighted and surprised that my image has been selected in view of the high standard of the entries. The meet-up and base locations were impressive. Well done to the organisers for making the event a success.” As there were somany great images entered into the photo competition we also decided to share the four runners-up from each category, which you can see on the next two pages. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition and attended Photo 24; we look forward to seeing you next year! To keep up to date with Photo 24 and our other events sign up to our member area and tick to receive our newsletters at photographynews.co.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter at @PhotonewsPN.

Our annual 24-hour photography event saw hundreds of you exploring London, cameras at the ready to photograph everything the city has to offer. Knowing that you would capture some amazing images, we gave Photo 24 attendees various chances towin £1500worth of Fujifilm equipment. During the event the Photo 24-ers were given a ‘treasure hunt’ list of scenes to find and capture, and a winner was chosen at random from those who completed the list. In addition, after the event attendees were invited to submit their images into three competition categories, Best Abstract, Best Icon of London and Best Street. Each attendee was allowed to enter three images into each category. We received over 800 images and the judges – editor Will Cheung, contributing editor Kingsley Singleton and digital editor Jemma Dodd – spent hours looking through your shots. It was a tough decision and there were so many great images across all three categories, but only three can be crowned winners. Congratulations to Chris Andrews who won the Best Abstract category, Gareth Danks, winner of the Best Icon of London, and finally Neetha Atukorale, winner in the Best Street photo category. When we told them about their success, the three winners had this to say: Chris :“Fabulous!Lookingat(andbeingfurther inspiredby) the superbqualityof all the images submittedforthecompetitions,Ifeelextremely priviledged to have had my image selected.”

The Fujifilmkit At the event, Photo 24 sponsor Fujifilm allowed the attendees to try out its latest cameras fromthe award-winningX-series, which included the X-Pro2, X-T2 and the groundbreakingGFX 50Smedium-format camera, plus lenses. Theevent alsosawFujifilm X-photographers Derek Clark andMatt Hart attend, aswell as Fujifilmtechnical experts who all offered on hand advice on the day.

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Best Abstract

Winner Chris Andrews, Travelling in time 1/10sec at f/9, ISO 800

Early on Sunday, my photographic companion and I headed to King’s Cross specifically to photograph the light tunnel. I’ve been before but didn’t realise it wasn’t lit with colours 24/7; I’d never seen it totally white. It wasn’t what I’d gone to photograph but felt more futuristic than usual and immediately I had in my mind something a bit creative. I love George Lucas’s early sci-fi film THX 1138 , the eeriness of it and the feeling of isolation, so I used that as a kind of reference point. The shot was handheld using my favourite wide-angle lens.

Beautiful, really gorgeous design and symmetry, and awesome lead-in lines Will Cheung

Runners-up

MIDDLE Stuart Smith, Speedster 0.5sec at f/8, ISO 500

LEFT Stuart Green, Catch me if you can 1/3sec at f/2.8, ISO 200 I headed towards PiccadillyCircus, knowing it would be the ideal place for night shots. I wanted to capture one of themost iconic sights inLondon – the LondonBus - but with a difference. After a lot of experimentation, I hit on the right shutter speed and ISO to give a strong impression of speed, cropping in for an abstract image that is still recognisable.

I have always loved shooting Tube trains using slow shutter speeds, but it’s hard to get one with the right amount of blur. This was a bit of a grab shot; I think this works because she is the only person in the scene. BELOWLEFTLuke Stevens, Below the Eye 30secs at f/11, ISO 100 As I was walking around the base of the London Eye I liked how symmetrical it was when viewed from below; a view most people don’t notice. I tried a few different compositions lying on the floor looking up at the structure from various distances and settled on the one you see here. I set my tripod up as low as possible and used a long shutter speed with a low ISO. I had taken this image about a month before with a bridge camera and had processed it. Having seen the competition categories I thought it would make a good abstract so I went back to the O2 during Photo 24 to retake it using my DSLR and a wider lens (16mm). The shot was hand held and the difficult bit was trying to get it lined up. BELOWMartin Janes, Xmarks the spot 1/125sec at f/11, ISO 1000

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Best Iconof London

Winner GarethDanks, Dolphin, mermaidandbridge 240secsat f/10, ISO200

When I arrived at Tower Bridge two things posed a challenge. Firstly, somewhere along the way my polariser had fallen off, and secondly, the sheer volume of people was farmore than I had imagined. There was onlyone thing for it: theLeeFiltersSuperStopper.After two or three attempts I managed to capture an image where everyone in the shot was moving continuously throughout the 240 second exposure, rendering them invisible to the sensor through the filter. Result!

Lots of awesome images in this category. Ultimately I thought Gareth’s shot was spot on Will Cheung

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LEFTMichael Hewson, London by lamplight 8secs at f/9, ISO 100 This photo was taken in a Georgian Alley in Covent Garden called Goodwin’s Court. It was 3am and I had packed up when I was struck by the sight of this old London gas lamp framed in the arch. I got the tripod back out and the cameramounted and captured the scene in Raw. The image was processed in Photoshop CC and converted to black &white with Silver Efex Pro 2. BELOWAndrewMoss, V&A museum 1/350sec, 1/45sec, 1/6sec (bracketed frames) at f/16, ISO 800 This is the roof of the main gallery in the V&A museum, reflected in the top of a display case. I balanced my camera there and fired the shutter remotely. I had to create an HDR image to keep highlights and shadows under control. RIGHT Rolf Kraehenbuehl, Tate Modern and St. Paul’s Cathedral 1/5sec to 1/80sec (bracketed frames) at f/8, ISO 800 My aim was to contrast the distinctive

features of the Tate Modern with the classical architecture of St. Paul’s Cathedral with the London Skyline. To capture the dynamic range, I bracketed the exposures, and steadied the camera on the handrail. BOTTOM Stuart Green, On the buses 1sec at f/4, ISO 200 At 11pm, I was looking for one of the top London icons: the London Bus. I parked myself and my tripod in the middle of Piccadilly Circus, experimenting with shutter speeds to find the right effect. I was then joined by a young couple from Israel and a family from Japan who started to try the same thing… visitors from overseas trying to capture one of the most iconic sights in our capital.

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Best Street

Winner Neetha Atukorale, The fishmonger 1/200sec at f/4.5, ISO3200 This image is of a market trader for Sussex Fish in BoroughMarket. He caught my eye as he was full of character and perfectly embodied the stoic determination of traders at BoroughMarket following the incident earlier in the year. We built up an instant rapport and he was so willing to engage and allowme to capture his personality.

Neetha’s shot had instant impact. I love the lighting, the pose and the glint in the chap’s eyes. Great rapport with the subject too Will Cheung

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the crowds and explore a little. This woman was totally oblivious to the fact I was shooting her being deep in conversation on her phone. I love the colours in the shot and the random food container on the floor. BELOWMartin Janes, Last one out the office 1/160sec at f/4.5, ISO 10,000 I was just lining up to take a picture of the escalator when this late night office worker came down. I had just enough time to get one shot while he was in a good position on the escalator. No time to think too much about the shot really. I like the way he is looking up in wonderment at the building.

ABOVE Thomas Heaton, Tories out 1/500sec at ƒ/2.8, ISO 800

ABOVE AndrewMoss, You’re being watched 1/350 at f/8, ISO 400 On leaving the Barbican, I spotted this couple sitting in a pub just inside a huge window. They were quite oblivious of the outside world and the late afternoon sun was streaming in, giving great light. We had a judge at our club last season who, on seeing an image of a deer in Richmond Park, said, “Not another stag picture,” so, if nothing else, I had to take one for use next season!

The air was filled with passion and anger as people from all walks of life joined the protest against our government. This small child, our future generation, represents what is so important to our communities; protecting the future for generations to come. ABOVE, FAR RIGHT Stuart Smith, Ciggytime 1/180sec at f/6.4, ISO 200 Camden was so busy on the Saturday during Photo 24 I decided to take myself away from

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Competitions

Beacon Camera Club ran an international street photography competition, which received over 500 entries and was judged by Martin Parr. We caught up with press secretary Trevor Bell and the top three winners to find out more about the competition Beacon International Street Photography Competition

The Judge: MartinParr

How long have you been judging photography competitions for? Do you prefer to judge street images or are you happy to judge images regardless of the genre? On and off I’ve been doing it for over 20 years. I get invited to many more than I can actually do, I do maybe do one a year and that’s it. I don’t have a preference as to genre: I have views on everything, anything you put in front of me I’ll be able to tell you what I think is a better photograph, no problem. Why do you think photography competitions are important? What role do they play for not just photographers, but the world also? They highlight the opportunity to see good pictures and also it gives something back, because inevitably there’s going to be a prize. For me it’s not the be all and end all, but competitions like World Press Photo of the Year have a role to play. There’s a whole network of competitions around. How did Beacon Camera Club approach you about judging the competition and why did you decide on getting involved? It was all part of the package they put together for my lecture, so I did it on the back of that and I thought the quality was pretty good. I enjoyed looking through images and finding some good ones. What do you look for in a winning image? Just why it makes a good picture! Don’t ask me what that is; it’s taken me over 50 years to work that out and I can’t tell you what is, but I know it when I see it. What was it about Jennifer Downing’s Apocalypse image that made it the winning shot for you? That was a good picture on the street and it had real atmosphere, it was a great opportunity and she photographed it well and it just came together and told a story. When judging competitions do you ever find yourself learning something new? I’m always seeing what people have done and what possibilities are around so of course, you’re on a constant learning curve. What advice would you give to photographers entering photography competitions? Take better pictures, it’s that simple.

Words by Jemma Dodd

Panasonic is the sponsor: how did you get the company involved and how did it support the competition? We have an excellent relationship with Damien Demolder who runs street workshops and also some for Panasonic. We initially contacted him, knowing his relationship with the brand, and the team there was delighted to be involved. We knew already that its kit is very well suited to street photography. Panasonic has a similar view and is verykeen tohave its equipment associated with street photography; the involvement with our competition provided all with benefits. Panasonic provided us with cameras for the top three places (Lumix GH5M, Lumix GX8M, Lumix GX80K) as well as 20% discount

How did the idea for the international street photography competition come about? We previously ran the Worcestershire Young Photographer of the Year competition for over six years. In doing so we needed to develop an online entry software system that entries could be uploaded to, thus saving the young photographers from the costs of printing. We had previously considered operating a salon competition but had arrived at the opinion that the market was currently saturated. We knewwe wanted to develop our competition involvement, we had the infrastructure sorted, saw that street as a genre was not very well supported and decided, as we had Martin Parr this year, to trial such a competition.

Why did you decide to get Martin Parr as a judge and how did this come about? Martin Parr was actually invited to be our speaker at the 2017 Beacon Lecture. Given his photography background it was an obvious question to ask him: ‘would you please judge our competition?’. We were delighted when he agreed. Beacon has four accredited MCPF judges and initially we suggested that these judges could be used to select a shortlist from the entries, fromwhichMartinwould thenselect his top ten. Generously, Martin was willing to reviewthe entire set of images himself. Thus, the judging and those winners were selected totally by Martin, with no outside assistance being involved or needed.

An entry total of 500 may not be vast, but as the first attempt of a little camera club from Malvern, we did not think it was at all bad”

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Why did you decide to enter this competition? Partly because it was to be judged by Martin Parr whose photography I greatly admire. I like his approach to street photography which shows a sense of humour as well as a keen sense of social history. I also like the fact that Martin works in colour. Many street photographers prefer to work in monochrome. My ownurban photography is generally very colourful, though perversely this winning shot is largelymonochromatic. How did you capture your winning shot? The shot was taken outside Tate Modern duringtheimmersivefogsculptureperceived by the Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya earlier this year. I had no idea that this was taking place and only had my compact camera with me when I stumbled upon it. Members of the public were moving in and out of the fog quite rapidly as the fog swirled around them, and having no viewfinder added a sense of serendipity to the images I captured. The pigeonwas a real bonus. How did it feel to be announced as the winner? I was delighted. The excitement was mounting as one after the other shortlisted names were read out and prizes presented. Winning hasn’t changed the way I feel about my work but any acknowledgement acts as an incentive to do more photography and to look at different subject matter, to take more risks in the hope that something exciting will result from it. Do you have any advice for other photographers? I would encourage any photographer to put their work out there. Enter competitions regularly. It won’t always lead to the big prizes but it could lead to being shortlisted, to being acknowledged, and sometimes to being exhibited as a by-product. Winning is the icing on the cake. 1stplaceJenniferDowning vouchers for places four to ten.We promoted the company’s involvement with and support of our competitionwherever possible. Why did you decide to make this an international competition? It was an easy decision. We had the software available for online entry and itwas almostmore difficulttopreventinternationalentrythanitwas toallowit.Also,internationalentryincreasedthe base from which we could encourage entries. A larger entry meant more cash for the club. It also, however, meant more judging for Martin. We realised that street is a wonderfully international genre – giving the ability to a photographer to get to the very essence of a country and to illustrate its soul. It would have been foolish to exclude international entries. Indeed, following the success of this year’s event weplantomakeitaregular,annualcontestandto make theBeaconStreet competitionTHEannual international street competition and, with the correct packaging, promotion, and sponsorship support, to have it as well known a competition as the SonyWorldPhotographyAwards. What happened at the awards event? Aswell aswinningacameraordiscount voucher each of the top ten images was given a detailed Thewinner

critique byMartin. The awards night beganwith Martin giving his lecture. This was followed by Martin announcing his selections in reverse order. He then gave his critique. The winners were then called to the stage and awarded their prizes by Martin Parr, Ian Thompson (Beacon chairman), DamienDemolder andKevinWalker of Panasonic. What are your personal thoughts on the winning images? The winning images were great examples of the genre. Each quite different from the others and all with just a hint ofMartin about them. What did you learn through the process? We are really fortunate in the make-up of our committee and with the skills of the members who were involved. Following our Young Photographer competitions and the experience gained there, we knew we had the technical ability to host such a competition. We also knew we had the organisational skills to operate such a competition successfully. What we learned was that by combining this with Panasonic and its generous sponsorship alongwith the association of streetthatthisbrandbrought,wehadcreateda competition forwhich therewas an international hunger. An entry total of 500 may not be vast,

but as the first attempt of a little camera club from Malvern, we did not think it was at all bad. We will certainly be running the competition again next year, and our plans are to keep running it for some years to come. Howdidtheclubbenefitfromthecompetition? The Club benefited from such an activity in a number of ways. Firstly, financially. We charged for entry and therefore the club generated revenues. These monies go directly to the benefit of our members. Whether this is by our ability to purchase high-quality projection and computer facilities, studio lighting equipment, post-processing software for demonstration or in an ability to attract better, and quite oftenmore expensive, speakers to our Club nights. Secondly, by attracting more members. We have long had the notion that by increasing membership numberswe are able to keep individualmembers fee levels relatively low, yet still generate good revenues. Thus, again, we are in a position to spend on things which benefit our members. Furthermore, a steady stream of new members keeps fresh ideas coming into the club, alongwith new skills, attitudes and interests. If sufficient members would like to become involved in a new thing (and sufficient is quite a small number) Beacon will always try to provide 

A couple of the runner-up shots selected by photographer and judge Martin Parr. Opposite page: Diwali by Charles Ashton. Above: Sun’s Out by Tony Cook.

Above: Apocalypse by Jennifer Downing.

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