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f11 Your Vision 2017 Competition

We are thrilled to commemorate the Fifth Anniversary of our Chasing the Light Online Magazine by announcing the launch of David Noton’s photographic competition for fully registered f11 Members, entitled Your Vision 2017.





















The Competition

We all know that the most important equipment needed for our craft is a Photographer’s Eye; indeed the ability to see strong pictures in a multitude of situations is a fundamental skill to be nurtured. This is what Your Vision Competition is all about: celebrating the process that gives birth to a picture, from the conception of an idea through to the point the shutter opens. The Judges will be looking for f11 Members’ pictures that display the most imaginative and perceptive photographic Vision – it’s as simple as that.

The Prizes

The Winners will receive a day of One-to-One Tuition with David, arranged at a mutually convenient time and location, and there will also be Highly Commended Prizes kindly donated by CanonLee FiltersAdobe, ManfrottoPáramo and Delkin Devices

1st Prize

For the Overall Winning Image that Displays the Most Imaginative and Perceptive Vision:
A 24-hour Dawn-to-Dusk One-to-One Photographic Tuition Session with David Noton.
Plus a 12-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud, donated by Adobe Systems Europe.

Portfolio Prize

For the Collection of Three Images that Best Display a Unique Style and Vision: A 24-hour Dawn-to-Dusk One-to-One Photographic Tuition Session with David Noton. Plus a Pro Light camera backpack 3N1-26 for DSLR/CSC/C100, donated by Manfrotto UK.

Highly Commended Prizes

For the Best Use of Light:
Chasing the Light Filter Kit made by Lee Filters exclusively for David Noton Photography, donated by Lee Filters.

For the Best Capture of the Decisive Moment:
Canon Powershot G9X (worth £399.00) donated by Canon UK.

For the Best Spirit of Adventure:
Prize - £300.00 voucher donated by Páramo.

For the Best Composition:
A Manfrotto 055 Tripod, donated by Manfrotto UK.

Other Prizes:
Delkin Memory Cards, Compact Flash or SD (to the value of £100), donated by Delkin Devices

The Judges

David Noton, Photographer and Founder of Chasing the Light Online Magazine
Wendy Noton, Photo Library Manager, David Noton Photography
Sharyn Meeks, Content Manager, David Noton Photography
Freya Dangerfield, Chasing the Light Online Magazine Editor
Ross Hoddinott, Photographer and Regular Chasing the Light Online Magazine Contributor
Juliet Mcgrory, Picture Editor and Keywording Specialist
Jeremy Flint, Your Vision 2016 Competition Winner, Overall Winning Image
Chris Davis, Your Vision 2016 Competition Winner, Portfolio Prize
Rob Cook, Professional Imaging Group, Canon UK
Graham Merritt, Head of Product Development, Lee Filters
Richard Curtis, Principal Solutions Consultant, Adobe Systems Europe
Tom Redfern, Creative Director, Páramo Directional Clothing Systems
Paul Hill, Category Manager - Supports, Manfrotto UK 
Barry Profitt, Field Sales Professional, Delkin Devices

How to Enter

For full f11 Members to submit their entries, please send no more than five images and the story behind the lens for each shot as as e-mail attachments to [email protected] by 1200 GMT on 1st March 2017 at the very latest.  Please incorporate the text “Your Vision 2017” into the subject line of your email.  Please also note even if you have already submitted images for the f11 Member’s Gallery you will need to submit separately for the Your Vision 2017 competition. Not yet an f11 Member? Sign up today at so you can make your submission.

Submission guidelines:

Your image submissions should be sent to us via email at a resolution of 72dpi with longest dimension no greater than 1,000 pixels, and saved in a high quality (8) jpeg format.

Please supply each image with its own title caption (description, location), technical details (camera, lens, exposure details) and a short story from behind the lens (why, when, set-up) included as part of the image’s file information (metadata).

Please do not add any watermarks to your submissions.

If would like further guidance on how to do this, please watch this video:

There is no entry fee but all entrants must be fully registered f11 Members.

All finalists will have their images featured in a special Your Vision Competition Winners f11 Member’s Gallery in the May 2017 issue of the Chasing the Light Online Magazine with comments on their winning images from the Judges.Our top Prize Winners receive a 24-hour Dawn-to-Dusk One-to-One Photographic Tuition Session with David Noton. Read about the days Jeremy Flint and Chris Davis spend with David below.

Jeremy flint, Your Vision 2016 Competition Winner, Overall Winning Image

My wife and I met David and Wendy at the Star Inn at Talybont on Usk for an afternoon beverage and chat before an enjoyable tutorial on camera techniques along the canal.

After regrouping for an early dinner at the White Hart, we ‘climbed a hill’ for some epic views of the Brecon Beacon range (including Pen Y Fan, Britains highest southern peak) and early evening light. On location, we were joined by a highland cow or two who listened in to David's expert advice.

The next morning was looking cloudy so a change of plan ensued with a dawn shoot along the River Usk. Whilst David and I discussed exposure merging and camera settings whilst waiting for the light, a Heron appeared from nowhere and began fishing under the bridge we were photographing. Pixels were exposed before heading back for a well earned breakfast and inspiring slide show and talk on David’s printed images.

Chris Davis, Your Vision 2016 Competition Winner, Portfolio Prize

After emails back and forth we decided upon a date & location - the Brecon Beacons. The weather all around the chosen dates wasn't looking great. We met up at the hotel and David got the OS maps out and we made a plan of action for the afternoon/evenings shooting activities. Due to the grey overcast weather we concluded a sunset shot from a grand vista probably wasn't going to be a wise option.

David was very familiar with the Brecon Beacons so suggested an area where there was a decent trail with multiple waterfalls where we could shoot some long exposures. We drove through the Brecon Beacons for about 30 mins & arrived at the car park. It was a circular walking trail with 4 waterfalls. We set off & set up tripods at the first waterfall. This was accessible from an elevated position so we were looking down at a waterfall. We shot here for a good while trying out various compositions and I managed to make a few nice ones here. 

We then moved onto the next waterfall which was at the bottom of a lot of steps, but for this waterfall we were at ground level looking along the river up at the waterfall with a nice green canopy of trees framing the scene nicely. I played around with several compositions but found getting the tripod out in the water & quite low was producing the best results. We shot here for a good hour & then decided the light was going and we would head back to the village and get some curry. After a good feed and me setting the place on fire we left sharply and headed to the pub for some photographic discussions.

Looking forward to the next morning we decided as the weather again looked to be not ideal to stick local to the hotel and explore the banks of the nearby Canal. We walked a good few miles along the canal stopping to shoot nice bends in the canal or old stone bridges. After a few hours of this we headed back to the hotel and filled up on a well earned breakfast. The shots from the canal session were quite fun shots to process, wanting to stick to a more creative approach I decided to process these in a black & white style that has an almost infared feel to them. This produced two shots I was very happy with and made a total of four shots from the whole trip which for a 24-hour workshop was pretty good considering the weather.

Terms and Conditions

The winners will receive a voucher for a 24-hour One-to-One Photographic Tuition Session with David Noton, to be arranged at a mutually convenient location and date; David Noton Photography will make every effort to ensure the session occurs as soon as possible. Please note the voucher covers only the tuition; travel and subsistence expenses incurred attending the session will not be covered.

All images submitted must be the entrants own work and sole copyright, and must not contain any third party materials including third party trademarks or trade names and/or content that you do not have permission to use.

Copyright of all entries remains with the photographer at all times, but David Noton Photography and Chasing the Light Online Magazine reserves the right to use, publish and republish entries within the magazine and in connection with the competition without payment.

It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the Judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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