2010 APOY winner announced and results of our Portraits and Self-Portraits round

APOY Round 10 – Take on me – Portraits and Self Portraits – Results

APOY Results Round 10 Portraits and Self Portraits

The standard of images blew us away in our Portraits and self-portraits round.

Kelsey Walsh, of Tasmania, Australia, wins first place in our Portraits and self-portraits round of APOY 2010. Kelsey will receive Canon?s 15.1-million-pixel EOS 500D and EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens kit, worth £1,159.98. The EOS 500D can shoot at ISOs of up to 12,800, capture Full HD movies and shoot at 3.4fps with up to 170 JPEG burst. The EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM optic offers the freedom of framing in a lightweight, compact and fast-focusing lens, and boasts Image Stabilizer up to 3 stops.

Our second-placed winner is Sean Slevin, of Co Wexford, Ireland, who will receive Canon?s new 10-million-pixel PowerShot G12 compact camera, worth £539. With a 5x wideangle (28mm) lens, full manual and raw modes, a 2.8 vari-angle LCD and HD movies, the PowerShot G12 is designed for professional levels of flexibility.

Shanon Moratti, of Drammen, Norway, finished third in the round and receives Canon?s new 10-million-pixel IXUS 1000 HS, worth £349. With a 10x optical zoom, the IXUS 1000 HS comes in a compact metal body with HD movie capability.

Winner of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2010

Congratulations to Sean Slevin of Ireland, who has won the overall title of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2010. Sean finished in second place last year, just four points behind winner Kathy Wright, so this year he?s gone one better to take the 2010 title! Sean will receive his choice of £5,000 worth of Canon equipment ? and look out for an interview with him in AP 22 January 2011.

Congratulations must also go to Dan Deakin, Lee Jeffries and Martin Gre?kovič, who made this year?s competition such a closely fought contest, and to everyone who took the time and effort to enter this year. We hope to see your photographs again during APOY 2011. Look out for the announcement in February 2011.


1st Kelsey Walsh, Tasmania, Australia 42pts

Nikon D700, 85mm, 1/1000sec at f/3.2, ISO 2000

?I took this self-portrait while shooting at a local nature reserve. It was freezing cold and I got covered in mud, but it was worth it in the end. The image was taken just after sunset. The light was very soft and it was getting dark, so I set up the camera in a rush, shot about 20 jumps using a remote, then stumbled back to the car in the dark.?

Judges say Kelsey?s fantastic image captures a wonderful sense of freedom. We were impressed by his original take on the self-portrait genre. A brilliant shot.


2nd Sean Slevin, Co Wexford, Ireland 41pts

Canon EOS 50D, 60mm, 1/50sec at f/2.8, ISO 200

?I took my self-portrait shot at home using natural window light,? says Sean. ?The soft light reveals the textures in my skin. I wanted to create an image that would make the viewer wonder what the story is behind the picture.?

Judges say Sean?s compelling black & white image is excellently imagined and technically well executed. A classic, timeless portrait.


3rd Shanon Moratti Drammen, Norway 40pts

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 70-200mm, 1/400sec at f/3.5, ISO 200

?I took this photo in New Plymouth, New Zealand. It was one of many that I took of my family before I left New Zealand to move to Norway. I wanted to capture candid memories of home to take with me.?

Judges say We love the child?s expression and the soft, muted colours in Shanon?s image. A natural, unposed shot of which Shanon should be very proud.

To 50 entries for this round

  • 1 Kelsey Walsh 42pts
  • 2 Sean Slevin 41pts
  • 3 Shanon Moratti 40pts
  • 4 Simon King 39pts
  • 5 Richard Gubbels 38pts
  • 6 Richard Sheppard 37pts
  • 6 Lee Jeffries 37pts
  • 6 Steve Mepsted 37pts
  • 9 Phan Hien 36pts
  • 9 Mark Crocker 35pts
  • 9 Kaushik Majumder 35pts
  • 9 Ceri Vale 35pts
  • 9 Ian Webb 35pts
  • 14 Alan Besedin 34pts
  • 14 Steve Hall 34pts
  • 14 Ivo Shabarkov 34pts
  • 17 Jan de Brauw 33pts
  • 17 Dibyendu Dey Choudhury 33pts
  • 17 Mark Egerton 33pts
  • 17 John Seamons 33pts
  • 21 Steve Webb 33pts
  • 21 Marcin Bera 32pts
  • 21 Mike Wilde 32pts
  • 24 Simon Anderson 31pts
  • 24 Marcos Minuchin 31pts
    • 24 Didar Ozcelik 31pts
    • 24 Robert Smith 31pts
    • 28 Lisa RM Bender 30pts
    • 28 Dan Deakin 30pts
    • 28 Andrew Lever 30pts
    • 28 Peter Rich 30pts
    • 28 Alana Slutsky 30pts
    • 28 Peter Stickler 30pts
    • 34 Barrie Jolliffe 29pts
    • 34 Dragan Maksimovic 29pts
    • 36 Dariusz Bielecki 28pts
    • 36 Richard Cooper 28pts
    • 36 Paul Da Silva 28pts
    • 36 Ashton Dixon 28pts
    • 36 Joshua Porter 28pts
    • 36 Mohamed Rahmo 28pts
    • 36 Rylan Tuohy 28pts
    • 43 Adam Hirons 27pts
    • 43 June Shaw 27pts
    • 45 Patrick Reilly 26pts
    • 45 Mike Woodford 26pts
    • 47 David Enyori 25pts
    • 47 David Humphreys 25pts
    • 47 Emma Snow 25pts
    • 50 Ian Coldicott 24pts

    View the winning images in APOY 2010 Gallery

    See the Leader Board after round 10

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