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Competition Win.

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 23 April 2010 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

Video of the judging process here.

This is the photo that I submitted for the first round of Practical Photography Magazines 2010 "Photographer of the Year" competition - the 'Landscape' category.....well, amazing as it still seems to me, it actually won!

The prize was a Nikon D300s and a 16-85vr lens with £500 of Jessops vouchers. The D300s has arrived and I've already exchanged it for a new Nikon D700. When the voucher arrives I'm going to put it toward a new FX wide angle Nikon 16-35vr lens to go with the new camera.

It's been an exciting couple of weeks since I heard that I'd won!

There's 6 rounds of the competition altogether (although I'm not allowed to enter any more of them). In the summer the competition judges will chose an overall winner from amongst the individual winners of the 6 different categories with the prize being tickets for two people on a 2 week cruise to N Africa + £2,000 in camera vouchers.

The original photo is here.

NIKON D700 1/50 second F/8.0 ISO 200 50 mm (35mm equiv.)

Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog

For purchasing high quality archival prints of any of these photos you can send me an email by clicking here or by going to my website Ian Bramham - Fine Art Photography where prices are listed in the gallery sections under each individual photo.

Bettina from United States

Congratulations. It's a fantastic photo.

23 Apr 2010 6:06am

@Bettina: Thanks Bettina!

Francisco P. Font from Valencia, Spain


23 Apr 2010 6:34am

@Francisco P. Font: Thanks Francisco!

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Congratulations on your success. It's well-deserved.

23 Apr 2010 7:05am

@Jeff: Thanks Jeff!

Johan Dierckx from Wijnegem, Belgium

Congratulations. Very nice work. Good luck with the overall competition too !

23 Apr 2010 7:47am

@Johan Dierckx: Thanks Johan....yes, it would be amazing if I were to win the overall competition but I I'll have a 1 in 6 chance I suppose!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

And I'm now dead jealous of your new toy ^_^

23 Apr 2010 7:50am

@Ian Smith: Thanks very much Ian! were one of the photographers at DPR who were the key in pushing me to the point where one of my photos can beat thousands of others to win a big competition like this. I still can't really believe I've got such a fantastic new camera out of it and it's brilliant to see the photo published.

One of my ambitions with the new camera is to make progress in portrait photography (at which I'm rubbish!) so the next photo I post here taken with the D700 will be just that.

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

wow ! I'm so glad for you Ian ! congratulations for your success well deserved ! enjoy your D700 happy man ;-) and good luck for the end of competition !

23 Apr 2010 8:26am

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

RE: Hi Ian - I found doing some local classes in a studio with all the gear to use helps out loads with understanding good portrait photography (I did this for about 5 years on & off) - though I admit this was pre-digital ^_^ That reminds me - I should get all those negs/slides scanned in some day...

23 Apr 2010 8:26am

@Ian Smith: My camera club are organising an evening studio portrait tutorial soon with lighting and also I won a half day tutorial with a pro photographer (newspaper) a while ago which I haven't taken up yet.... I want to use it to get tips on portrait and flash.

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Congratulations Ian. Well deserved recognition for a fantastic image.

23 Apr 2010 9:08am

@Larry Lefever: Thanks Larry!

Mangesh from Mumbai, India


23 Apr 2010 9:44am

@Mangesh: Thanks!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Congratulations! And well deserved. I hope you get the grand prize. As I have said before, I am a huge fan of your work - I think you are well deserving.

23 Apr 2010 10:27am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thanks very much Sharon!

BAbzy from France

wow , congratulations , you deserve it :)

23 Apr 2010 11:01am

@BAbzy: Thanks very much!

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Congratulations Ian...a well deserved win:)

23 Apr 2010 12:21pm

@Pavan Kaul: Hi Pavan....thanks for that!

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

Best news of the morning, well deserved on such patients and vision that you showed.

23 Apr 2010 12:32pm

@JoeB: Thanks Joe.....well I agree that with landscape photography it certainly pays to keep returning to good locations as changing light and weather always bring something new.

yz from Budapest, Hungary

wow, congrats! good things find their way

23 Apr 2010 12:54pm

@yz: Thanks yz!


great !! Congratulations

23 Apr 2010 12:56pm

@NADINE DERUYCK: Thanks Nadine!

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Nice one Ian, that shot had AWARDS written all over it.

23 Apr 2010 2:01pm

@John Leech: Thanks John.....without all that help you've been giving me over the last 2 years I wouldn't be enjoying my photography so much and I would certainly never have won this competition.

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Congratulations Ian! I'm not at all surprised that your photo won. I knew it was special when you posted it here. I do have to admit though that your image "The Cow Factory" is my favorite.

23 Apr 2010 3:08pm

@Ralph Jones: Thanks Ralph.....that Cow & Factory photo is one my own personal favourites too even though I'm not that happy with it compositionally.

Chris from United States

Congratulations Ian. You deserve this.

23 Apr 2010 3:32pm

@Chris: Thanks Chris!

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

Huge congratulations, it's a belting image that deserves recognition. That it was made with a camera that many 'photographers' (used in the loosest sense of the word) would have turned their noses up at makes it all the sweeter.

Nice to see a decent bit of kit finding its way into the hands of someone who knows how to use it too - I look forward to seeing a new generation of images.

23 Apr 2010 4:14pm

@digitalCG: You know I never felt short changed by the D40 and the simplicity and light weight made it such a joy to use. The D700 feels incredibly complex in comparison and I think it's going to take me a while before I get as comfortable with it as the D40 (believe it or not, with the D40 I sometimes used to forget I was using it!). Having said all that I'm really thrilled with the D700 - the viewfinder in particular is an absolute joy as it is much bigger, brighter and clearer than the one on the D40

Vahid from Tabriz, Iran

Congratulations Lan

23 Apr 2010 4:40pm

@Vahid: Thanks Vahid!

Barbara from Florida, United States

A great accomplishment, CONGRATULATIONS!
The ultimate prize to the spirit.
I have long admired your photography and style of your work.
Your images make a strong statement.
I wish you the best in the final prize.

23 Apr 2010 5:49pm

@Barbara: Thanks very much Barbara.....I feel so lucky to have won this competition and the new camera is very exciting!

Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

Congratulations and very well deserved! Your use of space is outstanding and even though I don't leave a comment often, I always enjoy checking out your new photos!

23 Apr 2010 7:44pm

@Hoshisato: Thanks very much Hoshisato!

Claudiu from București, Romania

Congratulations. It's a fantastic photo. And wise choice for purchasing that gear.

23 Apr 2010 9:54pm

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

Congratulations Ian - that's fantastic! I shall go and check for the magazine over the weekend. Superb job...

23 Apr 2010 10:11pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Congrats, Ian, a well deserved success! It's good to see your shots here even before the rest of the world does. :-)

23 Apr 2010 11:08pm

tim from high desert, United States

Congratulations Ian!!! Bet its not the last contest you win either. Powerful image. Looking forward to seeing what you can do with the new gear.

24 Apr 2010 12:04am

Lorenzo from New York City, United States

Congratulation Ian, really loves all your photos, a true inspiration for me!

24 Apr 2010 12:05am

Ken from United States

Congratulations! To be so talented and work within sight of Old Trafford must be something.

24 Apr 2010 2:41am

larry from Singapore

Congratulations Ian. Excellent job. :)

24 Apr 2010 3:07am

Avinash from Dharamshala, India

congratulations...great job...the picture is awesome

24 Apr 2010 4:56am

danny from Hong Kong


Congratulation, another joyful thing to remember.

BTW, I brought the April issue of Practical Photography, really nice. My elder son has finished his examination and is reading it.


24 Apr 2010 7:00am

Marlowe from Le Havre, France

Wow ! What success ! Bravo! the image is beautiful ! It is always a pleasure to see edit !

24 Apr 2010 3:39pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Feel sooooo happy for you my dear Ian.. absolutely best deserved! CONGRATS!!!!!! Please let me repeat this: you're not only the most talented but also one with the greatest passion I've ever met on the FTF (I doubt if I would meet another one)! So proud to have known you since those days!:-) I'm sure you've read this quote: 'Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer and often the supreme disappointment.' (Ansel Adams) You just always excel!:-)

25 Apr 2010 11:41am

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Excellent news! Well done! And good choice of camera =D)


26 Apr 2010 12:15am

k@ from Paris, France

Wow, congrats, it's superbly done ! Thanks for sharing

26 Apr 2010 5:58pm

Adrian from Whitley Bay, United Kingdom

I think it's a worthy winner. Great work.

27 Apr 2010 9:16am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Congratulations ! This is really a great shot

29 Apr 2010 11:29am

Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain


30 Apr 2010 7:09am

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

congrats! always a cool feeling to see it in print, no?

30 Apr 2010 11:54am

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Panama City, Panama

Congratulations Ian!

2 May 2010 11:47am

Morris Taub (momo) from Montpellier, France

fabulous photo Ian, and big congrats on the win...bravo...

7 May 2010 2:05pm

Nia Bail from Malaysia

Congratulations Ian, for the win and the new camera!!
Looking forward to seeing more photos of yours! :-))

12 May 2010 2:31pm

Chris from Oxford, United States


A great shot and I hope someday I can produce images such as yours :)


20 May 2010 11:23pm

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Damn! How did I miss that? Again... I missed it! I don't get PP every month but it is my fave magazine. You deserve this!

10 Jun 2010 6:55pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Congratualtions!!! Wow! I see how you got your D700! Good choice to exchange the D300 to D700

30 Jun 2010 9:31pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great JOB...

15 Feb 2011 2:35pm

1/50 second
ISO 200
50 mm (35mm equiv.)