We’re already on Round 3 of APOY 2015. Here are results for the top 50 results for The Wider Perspective – Creative Wideangle

Lee Acaster from Suffolk is the winner of our Creative Wideangle round of APOY 2015 and wins a Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM and a Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye lens.

The super-wideangle capability of the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 makes it a powerful tool for both indoor and landscape photography. It is designed to optimise results with DSLR cameras incorporating APS-C-sized imaging sensors. This lens is equipped with an inner focusing system, and the HSM design provides quiet, high-speed autofocus and manual focusing.

Measuring just 8.1×8.4cm and weighing an acceptable 465g, the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 is both lightweight and compact for its focal class, making it easy to handle but at the same time feeling balanced when mounted on a DSLR. The lens features Sigma’s inner focusing system, which eliminates the need to extend the barrel, thus reducing light loss, and the need to rotate the front lens. In staying fixed, the front lens can accommodate a petal-design hood (included) that helps to counter light-related issues such as glare. Finally, Sigma applies Super Multi-Layer Coating to the lens elements, which work to create an optimum colour balance by reducing the damaging effects of ghosting and flare.

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5-.6 EX DC HSM, Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye lens

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5-.6 EX DC HSM, Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye lens

The Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye lens has a minimum shooting distance of only 15cm (5.9in) and a maximum magnification of 1:3.8. The close-focusing capability, together with a large depth of field, allow close-up photography that covers objects and the environmental context surrounding the image’s central photographic subject. This lens is supplied with a gelatin filter holder and a fitted padded case.

The 15mm f/2.8 EX DG fisheye lens also features Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coating that reduces both flare and ghosting. This also ensures an accurate colour balance and high-definition results.

That’s a total prize value of £1,279.98 for APOY Round 3.

Our congratulations also go to Elisa Bortolotti, from Italy, who was second, and Ramy Youssry, from Egypt, in third place.

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1st Lee Acaster, Suffolk 50pts

1st Lee Acaster, Suffolk 50pts

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 18mm, 0.3sec at f/11, ISO 100

The theme of Creative Wideangle was an interesting one in that any subject was fair game. While we associate wideangle lenses with landscapes, they can also be successfully used for subjects such as portraiture. However, it’s perhaps no surprise to see that it is indeed a landscape image taking first place. This image from Lee Acaster shows covers protecting crops over a field at sunrise.

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2nd Elisa Bortolotti, Italy 49pts

2nd Elisa Bortolotti, Italy 49pts

Olympus XZ-1, 6mm, 1/200sec at f/2.5, ISO 160

Elisa’s image was an instant stand-out for the judges. There’s nothing more appealing than a shot that offers something new every time you look at it. It’s also a great lesson in how everyday scenes – in this case, a reflection in a puddle – can be made spectacular, simply through the act of photographing it.

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3rd Ramy Youssry, Egypt 48pts

3rd Ramy Youssry, Egypt 48pts

Canon EOS 550D, 18-55mm, 1/100sec at f/3.5, ISO 400

There is so much to enjoy in this shot. Some images are capable of capturing the raw emotion and power of a scene and this shot of the protesters in Alexandria during the Egyptian Revolution in 2013 is one of them. It’s also beautiful. The silhouetted figures captured on top of the columns as a helicopter flies above are incredible.

Top 50 entries for The Wider Perspective – Creative Wideangle:

1 Lee Acaster 50pts
2 Elisa Bortolotti 49pts
3 Ramy Youssry 48pts
4 David Queenan 47pts
5 Dave Stewart 46pts
6 Phil Moon 45pts
7 David Scrivener 44pts
8 Mike Lowthian 43pts
9 Dariusz Filip 42pts
10 Adele Spencer 41pts
11 KeithTucker 40pts
12 Sean Lowe 39pts
13 Janos Balda 38pts
14 Stuart Brown 37pts
15 Gareth Williams 36pts
16 Luis Portelles 35pts
17 Csilla Szucs 34pts
18 Matt Emmett 33pts
19 Adrian Mills 32pts
20 Eric Begbie 31pts
21 Adrian Squirrell 30pts
22 LauraHacking 29pts
23 Nicholas Callender 28pts
24 Matt Parry 27pts
25 Gary Telford 26pts
26 Adonis Stevenson 25pts
27 Dan Park 24pts
28 Andrew Howe 23pts
29 Peter Murrell 22pts
30 Salvatore Mercieca 21pts
31 johnash 20pts
32 Penny Halsall 19pts
33 John Hartshorne 18pts
34 Pete Delaney 17pts
35 Martin Shepherd 16pts
36 Derek Robertson 15pts
37 Scott Hills 14pts
38 Ludovic Farine 13pts
39 Manos Iatrou 12pts
40 Sigita Playdon 11pts
41 Diogo Ferreira 10pts
42 Chris Wood 9pts
43 Richard Craze 8pts
44 Ivor Levy 7pts
45 Derek Stewart 6pts
46 Steven Robinson 5pts
47 Adam Stephenson 4pts
48 Hugo Ferreira 3pts
49 Mark Edwards 2pts
50 Valentina Stoumpou 1pt

View the winnng images in the APOY 2015 Gallery

The 2015 Leaderboard

Dave Stewart (who took fifth place this round) has moved up to first place on the league table, closely followed by Lee Acaster, who placed first in this round. We then find David Queenan who is joint third position with Elisa Bortolotti, who took second place in this round.

Position Name Points
1 Dave Stewart 96pts
2 Lee Acaster 94pts
3 David Queenan 83pts
3 Elisa Bortolotti 83pts
5 Matt Emmett 82pts
6 Adele Spencer 78pts
7 Mike Lowthian 75pts
8 Matt Parry 65pts
9 Penny Halsall 64pts
10 Steven Reid 53pts
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