Your Vision 2016

Category: Newsletters 24 March 2016

The winner of the f11 Member’s Your Vision 2016 Competition: a young monk at Shwezigon Pagoda, Burma, by Jeremy Flint.

The picture above is by f11 Member Jeremy Flint. It’s a bright, happy picture, superbly perceived, composed and captured just at the Decisive Moment; a worthy winner of the f11 Member’s Your Vision 2016 Competition and one we’re privileged to feature so prominently. Well done Jeremy, you triumphed over some stiff competition.

But it was close – very close. We judges had the dilemma of scoring a superb set of shortlisted images this year. Our task was to reward those pictures that displayed the most imaginative and perceptive vision, an ethos that is quite simply what the whole f11 project is all about, and so some tough choices had to be made.

Runner-up David Shandley almost pipped Jeremy at the post with his evocative winter landscape of Hen Cloud in the Peak District of Staffordshire. This is a picture that just makes me want to put my boots on and head for the hills.

Hen Cloud in Fog, by David Shandley, f11 Member’s Your Vision 2016 Competition Runner-Up.

And then there were Chris Davis’ entries: three of them were finalists, an achievement that netted him the coveted Portfolio Prize. Well done, Chris.

So, what do they all win? Jeremy wins a 24 hour Dawn-to-Dusk Photographic Tuition Session with myself at a location of his choosing, along with a year’s subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud. Chris also wins a 24-hour Dawn-to-Dusk Session with myself, along with a Manfrotto bag, while our runner up David wins a Half-Day Session.

Congratulations to the winners – your pictures are inspirational!

Langdale by Chris Davis, winner of the f11 Member’s Your Vision 2016 Portfolio Category.

But Jeremy, Chris and David were not the only f11 prize winners. Lorraine Heaysman’s creative Painted Poppies shot wins a Chasing the Light Filter Kit donated by Lee Filters as the Highly Commended image for the Best Use of Light. Paul Gath’s perceptive Fishing in the Bay image, which so aptly conveyed the Best Spirit of Adventure, wins a Halcon jacket donated by Páramo, while Gary Lever’s finely observed Fallen Tree wins an 055 Tripod kindly donated by Manfrotto.

Painted Poppies by Lorraine Heaysman; Highly Commended for her use of light.

It was a pleasure to meet all our three winners recently at The Photography Show in Birmingham. Their winning images will feature in next month’s special f11 Member’s Gallery, with a Judges’ Favourites Member’s Gallery to follow in May.

This month in the Chasing the Light Online Magazine we have:

• Second instalments of both my Video Blog and Behind the Lens features from Australia
• A Low Down on the inspiration to be found in photographing textures
• A Field Trail of the Sony System by Richard Fox
• My usual two Fundamentals of Post-Production Video Tutorials
• Ross Hoddinott making a Case for the Cliché
• Bas Meelker Seeing Without Colour
• Ben Pipe shooting architecture in Berlin
• And Guest Feature photographer Sarah Al-Sayegh waiting for the light, sandstorms, lightning or all three on the rooftops of Kuwait.

All of this photography spanning the world to inspire and inform is there now, along with all 50 back issues, exclusively for our subscribing f11 Members. If you’re not yet a Member of f11, watch this video to see what it’s all about.

Fishing in the Bay, Vietnam, by Paul Gath, Highly Commended for conveying the spirit of adventure.

I’m still deep into the task of editing my Iceland images, but with all this inspiration from f11 Members kicking around I’m very much feeling the need to get out and get muddy now spring has arrived. We’ve a busy schedule of events coming up, with the Chasing the Light Road Show rolling up firstly at Droitwich, then as guests of The Royal Photographic Society at Runnymede. Next we’re over the water to The Hague in Holland as guests of Photography School NL, and finally on 28 May we’re visiting the Cambrian Photography Photo & Optic Show in Colwyn Bay in North Wales. Busy times, as usual.

Fallen Tree, by Gary Lever, Highly Commended for his composition.























Congratulations to all the Winners and Highly Commended of this year’s Competition, and thank to all of you f11 Members who entered – this year the standard was very high. And of course, I must mention the judges: Wendy Noton, Sharyn Meeks, Juliet Mcgrory and Freya Dangerfield from David Noton Photography; f11 regular and pro-photographer Ross Hoddinott; past winners Josh Cooper and Peter Geraerts; Thomas Redfern at Páramo; Richard Curtis at Adobe; Graham Merritt at Lee Filters; Katie Simmonds at Canon (Europe); and Mark Langley at Manfrotto. Thank you: your time, support and pledges of prizes made this competition possible. It is a fine thing we’ve all done, and we’ll be doing it again next year. Until then…

Keep exposing.


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