I’m thrilled to announce that after having two images shortlisted, one image was commended by the judges and has won a place in the awards book. Guardians of the Forest will also be on display at the exhibition at Waterloo Station in London from 21st November 2016 to 5th February 2017. I’ve also just learned that my image has been chosen to appear in the 10 year anniversary edition of the book which will be on sale in spring 2017!
This was my first year of entering this prestigious landscape photography competition, in fact it’s the first photography competition I’ve entered, so I was delighted to even be shortlisted. Like many photographers, I go through phases of uncertainty in my work, a crisis of confidence I suppose. After a tricky few years of dealing with chronic pain and gradually trying to become more active, it was an amazing boost to have my efforts recognised. I’ve thrown myself into this therapeutic hobby and discovered a world of detail that I never knew existed and places nearby that offer inspiration, amazing wildlife and mind settling solitude. To have my work recognised, shared and appreciated is a huge bonus.
Guardians of the Forest is a good example of my style of photography with its old mossy oak trees, shafts of light through the morning mist and that feeling of uncertainty and apprehension as to what’s waiting to be discovered further into the forest. It was a pleasure to have that moment to myself, relaxed and content while the light slowly shifted into placeÂ and those magical elements came together to form a scene that I hope captures the appeal of exploring woodland.