A few months ago I entered the inaugural Close Up Photographer of the Year competition and am really pleased that the above three images have been placed in the top 100. I don't enter many competitions as few seem to favour more abstract work but it is good to see so many beautiful, abstract images rewarded in CUPOTY. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to Dan & Tracy (the organisers) and the judges for all their hard work.
The gallery of all the top 100 images can be seen here: https://www.cupoty.com/the-top-100
I am proud to have signed up to Nature First, the new alliance for responsible nature photography.
All members agree to abide by the following principles:
1 Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
2 Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
3 Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
4 Use discretion if sharing locations.
5 Know and follow rules and regulations.
6 Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
7 Actively promote and educate others about these principles
At a time when the natural environment is under threat like never before, it is so important that nature photographers act responsibly at all times and ensure that we never cause harm to the places we visit
For the third year running (it can't last!), I have an image placed in the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. My image "Sunflower Swirls" was awarded 2nd place in the Abstract Views category and appears in the current exhibition and the IGPOTY12 book. You can see all the winning photos on the IGPOTY website here: igpoty.com/igpoty-competition-12-results/