APOY 2013 Competition Results Round Five – Floral Still Life
We had some stunning entries for round 5 of APOY 2013, as we
reveal the top 30 photographs from our Floral Still Life round
James Eldridge, of Folkestone in Kent, is the winner of our
Floral Still Life round of APOY 2013. James will receive a Panasonic Lumix
DMC-G5 with Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS and Leica DG
Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 Asph Mega OIS lenses, worth a total of £1,579.98.
G5 is a digital single-lens mirrorless camera with a 16.05-million-pixel, four
thirds, Live MOS sensor. It has 6fps high-speed continuous shooting, a 3in,
920,000-dot articulated LCD touchscreen and a 1.44-million-dot EVF. The Leica
45mm lens has a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture designed to produce minimum
distortion and soft focus.
Our second-placed winner is Rosie Burt, of Chapel Brampton
in Northamptonshire, who will receive a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35, worth
£249.99. The TZ35 has a 24mm ultra-wideangle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with 20x
optical zoom (equivalent to 24-480mm), while a new creative panorama function
includes 12 filters that allow users to apply effects to their panoramic
Ian Waite, of Kendal in Cumbria, finished third in the round
and wins a Panasonic Lumix DMX-SZ9 worth £179.99. The slim SZ9 incorporates a
25mm ultra-wideangle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with 10x optical zoom
(equivalent to 25-250mm). Other features include Wi-Fi connectivity and
1920×1080-pixel full HD 50i video in AVCHD and 25p in MP4 format.
1st James Eldridge, Kent 46pts
Nikon D600, 90mm, 1/320sec at f/6.3, ISO 400
‘A view to do the dishes by’
Judges say: ‘We knew it wasn’t going to be easy selecting a
winner from this round’s batch of entries, but after much deliberation we
narrowed down our shortlist and selected our winner. James’s beautifully lit
shot of the chrysanthemums in his kitchen really won us over. Of particular
note are the raindrops on the window, which form a seductive bokeh effect. It’s
a stunning shot and a more-than-deserving winner.’
2nd Rosie Burt, Northamptonshire 45pts
Nikon D3100, 55mm, 1/1250sec at f/8, ISO 100
Judges say: ‘There’s a subtle aura to Rosie’s image of cow
parsley. Here we have two contrasting elements: sun and snow. How many of us
would think to combine these two subjects in one shot? The light has drenched
the subject in a golden haze as a result of shooting directly into the sun.
It’s a shot that holds a truly delicate beauty.’
3rd Ian Waite, Cumbria 44pts
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, 100mm, 1/100sec at f/5.6, ISO 640
Judges say: ‘One plant that was popular in this round was the
dandelion, and Ian’s image was one of the most accomplished examples of macro
photography that we received. It succeeds due to its intriguing tonal range.
Ian has chosen to expose in such a way that the seeds appear almost blown-out.
It really works. Ian has also used the natural form of the plant to draw in the
Top 50 entries for this round:
View the winning Images in the APOY 2013 Gallery
See the APOY 2013 Leader Board after this round.