This year for the first time, I’ve decided to submit photographs to the UK’s Landscape Photographer of the year competition (LPOTY). The competition is headed up by Charlie Waite who is one of the most well known landscape photographers in the UK. His panel will be sifting through approximately 20,000 entries from amateur and professional photographers across the world so it’d be some feat to get a photograph shortlisted let alone win this prestigious competition!
I haven’t entered before as I didn’t feel I had a big enough body of work or was experienced enough to compare to the extremely high standards set by other photographers. After putting in many hours of time travelling to and being out in the the landscape then at home researching and editing photographs over the last five years; it felt time to enter. It did also help meeting Charlie Waite at the LPOTY exhibition in Leeds earlier in the year. He was very friendly, encouraging and down to earth man who said I should just ‘give it a go’ and I thought why not.
The practicalities of entering the UK’s largest photography competition
Until I sat down yesterday to do a final sort and edit of my entries and I was suddenly reduced to a gibbering wreck of self doubt ha ha 😛 I suspect that carrying out the task was in fact a good exercise but I found it very hard to study my own photographs in detail and more crucially – to do it objectively. When looking at your own work you can’t help but start to see what you perceive to be imperfections. Then you look at the galleries of past winners and you can’t help but think you don’t have a chance!
Still, I’d paid my entry fee by then and I was determined so I battled on through and managed to choose and re-edit 15 photographs for the competition. Phew! On a practical note, I wouldn’t leave it until the very last entry day to carry out this job again. I was exhausted by bedtime 🙂 My husband just shook his head at me sadly. Leaving things to the last minute is typical and I never seem to learn these life lessons 😉
So, here is my ragtag of images from the previous four years. I’ve entered my images into the two categories of ‘Classic view’ and ‘Your view’. My interpretation of these categories is that the ‘Classic view’ is exactly that; a classic landscape scene with wide vistas and the more traditional landscape images. This category doesn’t allow for a lot of editing either so no removing of an odd tree for example. The ‘Your view’ category is a bit more open, allowing for more intimate and personal interpretations of the landscape along with greater flexibility on editing i.e. you can be a bit more creative.
I’ve tried to enter a plethora of images with a few wildcards. However, in the end of the day, this is a photography competition which is subjective so you really can’t second guess the judges (although you can’t help but try!). I’ve tried to put in images which are my personal favourites, I figured I could only go with my heart ultimately 🙂 Please do let me know what you think…but be gentle with my battered ego please and remember it’s too late to change them now! 🙂 Take a look at the excellent winners from last and previous years here.