APOY 2009 H20 – ROUND 5 RESULTS
Here are the results for the top 50 entries in the fifth round of APOY 2009 In our H20 round we saw everything from dew drops to crashing waves, rain and even a few morning shaves.
Mark Cook of Kent has won first prize in our H20 round of APOY winning a Canon EOS 500D, worth £869.99, and Canon?s EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, worth £209.99. The Canon EOS 500D is a 15.1MP DSLR offering 3.4fps capture capability with up to 170 JPEG burst, as well as nine-point AF and a high ISO going up to 12,800. Canon?s compact and lightweight EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is perfect for outdoor shooting. In total, Mark has won £1,079.98 worth of Canon kit.
Mark, a software developer, got fed up with staring at a computer screen all day so he bought a DSLR to help him get outdoors. As his skills grew, he developed a preference for early morning landscapes. ?This oyster fisherman was taken during the early hours on Whitstable Beach, in Kent, where I went to do some long-exposure work,? he says. ?The tide was especially low, so I wandered along to a causeway that goes out into the Thames Estuary on the west side of the harbour. As I approached, this lone figure was wading in water with a net and a bucket. The scene was mesmerising with the calmness of the sea and stillness of the turbines and no discernible horizon.? Judges say Beautiful and serene, like a scene from a dream. Mark has made an astounding image that is both timeless and technically superb.
Second prize of a Canon PowerShot D10, worth £478, goes to Sean Slevin, of Co Wexford, Ireland. With 12.1MP, the rugged PowerShot D10 is resistant to water, shock, dust and cold, making it perfect for your summer holidays. Sean also receives a D10 Accessory Kit, worth £109, which contains a front cover set, shoulder and neck straps and more.
Sean, a carpenter, has long had a passion for photography, recently switching to digital imaging. ?When I wasn?t taking pictures, I could usually be found in the makeshift darkroom in my attic. Now it?s in front of my computer,? he says. This shot of a lone horse was taken from his car while stopped in traffic. Later he converted it to b&w to focus on the dramatic sky and water. Judges say Many would have left this in colour, but Sean wisely chose black & white. The result is a very tranquil image with wonderful contrast. Simply beautiful
In third place, Chris Ould, of Dorset, will receive a Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS, worth £464. The 10MP IXUS 95 IS boasts anti-blur, scene and face detection, as well as a 3x optical zoom with optical Image Stabilizer, making it the perfect all-rounder
Chris, a television script writer, only spotted by chance this sun-bleached toy boat, half submerged in a wheelbarrow full of rainwater. ?After taking this initial shot I tried a few variations, but none captured my original inspiration as much as this one,? he says. Later he adjusted the levels and saturation to add to the feel of nostalgia he associates with Kodachrome-like colours. Judges say Fabulous light and colour. This is a very creative and inspired image. Chris took the theme and interpreted it in a unique way.
Be sure to catch the results of Round 6 Looking Closer, in AP 29 August, and our announcement of Round 7 in AP 1 August.
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