APOY 2011 Results Round One Trees
We’re one round into this year’s competition and already the quality and quanity of entries has been phenomenal. For the first round of APOY 2011 we received a staggering 2,250 entries, which has to be an APOY record.
Derek Hansen, of Kent, wins first place in our Shooting trees round of APOY 2011. Derek will receive Canon?s EOS 60D and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens worth £1,299.99. The 18-million-pixel EOS 60D was voted AP?s Product of the Year 2011. It can produce stunning stills or Full HD movies using the vari-angle LCD screen and has an ISO range of up to 6400 that is expandable to 12,800. The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens covers a 29-216mm (35mm equivalent) range and offers a multi-purpose zoom range from wideangle to telephoto, featuring a 4-stop Image Stabilizer and six-blade circular aperture.
Our second-placed winner is Keith Aggett of Devon, who will receive Canon?s 14.1-million-pixel PowerShot SX30 IS compact camera, worth £449. The SX30 IS has a huge focal range thanks to its 35x zoom, while the ultrasonic motor allows you to zoom fast, silently and accurately. Other features include 720p HD movie capability, a 4.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer and a 6.8cm (2.7in) vari-angle LCD screen.
Alan Silverwood, of Leeds finished third in the round and receives Canon?s 14.1-million-pixel IXUS 210, worth £249. Features include a 24mm ultra-wideangle 5x zoom, 8.8cm (3.5in) LCD, touchscreen control, optical Image Stabilizer, 720p HD movie capability and shooting modes such as low light, fisheye and miniature.
Canon 50D, 10-20mm, 1/15sec at f/22, ISO 200
Derek took this image on a cloudy February morning last year. He spotted the furrowed field near Staplehurst in Kent after driving back from a dawn shoot. ?When I saw the furrows I knew I had to stop and take a photograph,? says Derek. ?I thought the lone tree would make a strong image. It was cloudy, but when the sun came out it sidelit the furrows perfectly. I took two exposures for the sky and land and blended them together in Photoshop
Judges say This is an excellently composed image. Derek has skilfully framed his shot so that the shadows and strong sidelighting make the furrows look three-dimensional. A very well deserved winner
Nikon D300, 17-70mm, 1/160sec at f/5, ISO 200
?I took this image on Dartmoor in thick fog,? says Keith. ?I processed the file in Photoshop using Curves and added a small amount of noise before converting the image to black & white?
Judges say The tight framing and balanced composition results in a dramatic image while the mist adds an eerie feel
Canon EOS-1D Mark II, 70-200mm, 1/50sec at f/8, ISO 400
This avenue of elm trees is located west of Armoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Alan explains that it is known locally as the ?Dark Hedges? and was planted in 1750. ?It was a dull day and there was a lot of shade from the branches, so I knew the exposure would be tricky,? says Alan. ?I used a fairly long lens to try to compress the sense of perspective in the scene?
Judges say We love the tangled branches and the way the road draws the viewer through the centre of the image. The black & white conversion adds to the mysterious mood
Top 50 entries for this round
View the winning Images in the APOY 2011 Gallery
See the APOY 2011 Leader Board after Round 1
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