APOY 2013 Competition Round 1 – Portraits in Artificial Light

We had some great entries for the first
round of APOY 2013, as we reveal the top 30 photographs from our
Portraits in Artificial Light round

Gary Burrows, of
Scarborough in North Yorkshire, is the winner of our Portraits in
Artificial Light round of APOY 2013. Gary will receive a Panasonic
Lumix DMC-G5 plus a Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 Asph lens, worth a
total of £1,347.98. The G5 is a compact system 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 DG Summilux 25mm
f/1.4 Asph lens has a bright f/1.4 maximum aperture that provides
superb image quality with minimum distortion, plus a beautiful soft

Our second-placed
winner is Julian Fraser, of Newton Abbot in Devon, who will receive a
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7, worth £469.99. The LX7 is a high-spec
compact camera with a 10.1-million-pixel, High-Sensitivity MOS
sensor, f/1.4-2.3 (24-90mm equivalent) Leica Vario-Summilux lens and
full manual control.

George Fisk
, of Seasalter in Kent,
finished third in the round and wins a Panasonic Lumix DMX-XS1 worth
£119.99. Panasonic claims that the 16.1-million-pixel XS1 has the
world’s slimmest body profile, and it’s certainly skinny at only 14mm
deep. With its 5x optical zoom with 24mm ultra-wideangle lens and
tiny form, the XS1 is the ultimate carry-it-with-you-everywhere

1st prize Gary
, North Yorkshire 45pts

Sony Alpha 390,
24-105mm, 0.3secs at f/4.5, ISO 100


Judges say: ‘We’re
off to a good start in this year’s APOY, as we had some great entries
and picking a winner was no small task. Gary’s image stood out due to
its clever interpretation of the brief. It’s a confident shot and a
worthy winner.’

2nd prize Julian
, Devon 44pts

Nikon D700, 27-70mm,
1/60sec at f/2.8, ISO 200, Nikon Speedlight SB-700


Judges say: ‘This was a stand-out
image. Everything about it works: the focus, the colours, the
lighting. A portrait subject must have character and this gentleman
has it in spades.’

3rd prize George
, Kent 43pts

Canon EOS 5D Mark
II, 50mm, 1/25sec at f/1.8, ISO 1600

i to eye

Judges say: ‘Like our number-one
winner, George has delivered a witty interpretation of our brief.
striking is the use of darkness to
frame the subject. It’s a
simple image,
but one that is more than worthy of
third place.’

Top 50 entries for this round:

  • 1 Gary Burrows 45pts
  • 2 Julian Fraser 44pts
  • 3 George Fisk 43pts
  • 4 Snezana Popovic 42pts
  • 5 Martin Faltejsek 41pts
  • 6 Adrian Sadlier 40pts
  • 7 Colin Mill 39pts
  • 8 Nigel Farmer 38pts
  • 9 Jem Fade 37pts
  • 10 Arlette Graven 36pts
  • 11 Levinta Eugeniu 35pts
  • 11 Ben Zanyi 35pts
  • 13 Dan Deakin 34pts
  • 13 Mark Whitmore 34pts
  • 15 Eric Begbie 33pts
  • 16 Andrew Blake 32pts
  • 16 Brian McDonnell 32pts
  • 18 Amri Arfianto 31pts
  • 20 Sonia Lalla 29pts
  • 20 Paul Reidy 29pts
  • 19 Dorijan Šipuš 30pts
  • 20 Gary Telford 29pts
  • 20 Alan Tindley 28pts
  • 24 Justyna Neryng 27pts
  • 25 Dusica Paripovic 26pts
    • 25 Paul Rayner 26pts
    • 27 Oliver Chan 24pts
    • 28 Thomas Allen 23pts
    • 29 Chris Wilkinson 21pts
    • 30 Aleksandra Dudka 20pts
    • 31 Nino Cannizzaro 19pts
    • 31 Lee Jeffries 19pts
    • 31 Andrew Wood 19pts
    • 34 Elayne Allan 18pts
    • 34 Vincenzo D’Ambrosio 18pts
    • 34 Hugh Spence 18pts
    • 34 Matt Walkley 18pts
    • 38 Shane Butler 17pts
    • 38 Giuseppe Francavilla 17pts
    • 38 Chris Nagle 17pts
    • 38 Ian Waite 17pts
    • 42 Andrew Faulk 16pts
    • 42 Mark Heathcote 16pts
    • 42 Danny McClure 16pts
    • 45 Richard Craze 15pts
    • 45 Steve Mack 15pts
    • 45 Nicholas Morreau 15pts
    • 48 Debbie Bennett 14pts
    • 48 Dave Hudson 14pts
    • 48 Dean Perks 14pts

    View the winning Images in the APOY 2013 Gallery 

    See the APOY 2013 Leader Board after this round.

    Results and Rounds APOY 2013