APOY 2014 – Competition Results Round 4 – Portraits in Natural Light
Some powerful images feature in round 4 of APOY 2014. We reveal the top 50 for Portraits in Natural Light
Mike Martin, from Bristol, is the winner of our Portraits in Natural Light round of APOY 2014. Mike will receive an Olympus OM-D E-M10 with a 14-42mm EZ Pancake zoom, a 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens, a 40-150mm zoom, a 9mm fisheye lens, a macro adapter and a street case in which to carry it all.
That’s a total retail price of £1,200. The E-M10 has a 16.1-million-pixel, four thirds-sized CMOS sensor and a TruePic VII image-processing system. The 1.44-million-dot EVF displays a 100% field of view and has a 120fps refresh rate.
The 14-42mm EZ Pancake zoom lens is a slim and compact optic that is equivalent to a 28-84mm lens in the 35mm format. The 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens is ideal for low-light people shots without flash, while the 40-150mm zoom has high-speed AF and is optimised for movies and stills. The 9mm fisheye lens is ideal for capturing wideangle scenes.
Our second-placed winner is Silvia Landi, from Italy. She will receive an Olympus Pen E-PL5 camera plus a 14-42mm and 40-150mm twin-lens zoom kit worth £500.
The E-PL5 offers serious image quality with its powerful 16.1-million-pixel sensor and a new OM-D component in the TruePic VI image processor. The camera has lightning-fast autofocus, a touch-sensitive LCD screen and full HD video.
Andrew Sole, from Australia, takes third place in this round. He wins an Olympus Stylus SP-100EE Ultra Zoom camera, with an impressive 16-million-pixel sensor and 3in LCD screen.
The camera includes a handy autofocus lock so you need never lose a shot due to fuzzy focusing. The camera features a 50x optical Ultra Zoom lens with a focal length ranging from 24mm to 1,200mm, and built-in Dot Sight to make it easier to focus on subjects.
1st Mike Martin, Bristol 50pts
Pentax K-5, 17-70mm, 1/15sec at f/4, ISO 200
There are a few key things that the judges look for in APOY entries: technical excellence, whether the image fits the brief, and creativity. This image has it all. It features a great subject, beautiful lighting, and a wonderful and evocative location. This was a strong round and for this one to stand out above all others was no mean feat.
2nd Silvia Landi, Italy 49pts
Canon EOS 40D, 18-50mm, 1/10sec at f/2.8, ISO 1600
As with Mike’s shot, it was the excellent use of natural light and location that made Silvia’s image a sure thing for a top-three slot. The fact that a subtle strip of natural light has been used to highlight the eyes (the most important feature of any portrait) really impressed us, and the shallow depth of field means our attention is focused on the subject.
3rd Andrew Sole, Australia 48pts
Nikon D200, 18-70mm, 1/350sec at f/2.8, ISO 100
Andrew has found a fantastic way of framing his subject here. The background adds a sense of depth and location, giving the image a degree of engaging context.
Top 50 entries for this round:
View the winning Images in the APOY 2014 Gallery
See the APOY 2014 Leader Board after this round.