APOY 2012 Round 5 Results – The Beauty of Plants
Robert Whatmough, of Royston in Hertfordshire, is the winner of our Beauty of Plants round of APOY 2012. Robert will receive a Samsung NX200 with 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, a Samsung 60mm f/2.8 macro lens, a Samsung ED-SEF42A flash and a 16GB SDHC Plus memory card, worth a total of £1,498.96. The NX200 is a compact system camera with a 20.3-million-pixel, APS-C, CMOS sensor. It has high-speed capture (7fps) and ultra-fast autofocus (100ms), while the ISO range of 100-12,800 lets you take high-speed photos even in low light. Samsung’s 60mm optic is actually a macro lens, but with the 1.5x conversion factor of the APS-C sensor, it takes on that magic 90mm focal length.
Our second-placed winner is Jack Hood, of Slough in Buckinghamshire. Jack will receive a Samsung WB850F compact camera and a 16GB SDHC Plus memory card worth a total of £288.98. The WB850F travel compact has a 16-million-pixel, BSI (Back Side Illuminated) CMOS sensor to help reduce image noise and distortion and a 21x optical zoom lens (23-483mm equivalent). The Samsung WB850F also has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, so users can email photos or share them on social network sites quickly and easily.
Nanne Springer, of Toronto in Canada, finished third in the round and wins a £250 Jessops Gift Card.
1st Robert Whatmough, Hertfordshire 48pts
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 100mm, 1/125sec at f/5, ISO 400
Judges say: ‘This more-than-deserving winner has taken a unique approach to the subject and has framed the cactus in such a way that it appears fire-like. The rich colours are really striking. A great job.’
2nd Jack Hood, Buckinghamshire 47pts
Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR, 1/1500sec at f/5.3, ISO 800
Judges say: ‘Young Jack Hood is someone we’ve seen in the pages of AP before. He managed to wow readers with his macro shots, but here he has gone for a more conventional monochrome angle. It’s stunning.’
3rd Nanne Springer, Canada 46pt
Pentacon Six TL, 80mm, 1/1000sec at f/2.8, Fujichrome Provia 400F, ISO 400
Judges say: ‘In this image, Nanne has exploited the golden light and further emphasised it with a soft-focus approach. It’s a beautiful image and one that appeals to the romantic and dreamy among us.’
Top 50 entries for this round:
View the winning Images in the APOY 2012 Gallery
See the APOY 2012 Leader Board after this round.
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