APOY Round 4 ? In Bloom results

In our delayed round 4, you took us into parts of flowers only insects get to see.

Michael Lainchbury, of London, wins first place in our Flowers and plants round of APOY 2010. Michael will receive Canon?s EOS 50D and EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro USM lens kit, worth £1,399.99. The EOS 50D features a 15.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor, Digic 4 processor, ISO range up to 12,800 and captures 6.3 frames per second with continuous bursts of up to 90 JPEGs. The EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro USM is the first true macro lens in the EF-S series and offers high corner-to-corner resolution, contrast and image quality.

Our second-placed winner is Meredith Wilson, of Greater London, who will receive Canon?s PowerShot SX20 IS compact camera, worth £389. Boasting a 12.1MP CCD sensor and a 20x wideangle (28mm) zoom lens with IS, the SX20 also features HD movie capability, face and motion detection, and a hotshoe for external flash.

Sean Slevin, of Ireland, finished third in the round and receives Canon?s 12.1MP PowerShot A3100 IS, worth £159. This slim digital compact packs a big punch and features a 4x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, a 2.7in LCD, Motion Detection Technology, Smart Auto and Easy Modes and capability for VGA movies.

Amateur Photographer of the Year 2010

The Leader Board

After a short hiccup on the technical side of APOY, you all very kindly re-sent your images for our In Bloom round and our judges were blown away by the quality. This was perhaps our strongest round of the year to date. We thank you for your patience with us while we resolved our hard disk failure.

With five rounds now complete (Round 6 results will be in next week?s – issue 28 August 2010)), our leader board is still a wide open competition. With his first-place finish this round, Michael Lainchbury jumps back into the top 5, as does Sean Slevin on the strength of his third-place finish. Don?t worry if you didn?t make it this time ? there is still plenty of time to catch up!

1st Michael Lainchbury, London 42pts

Nikon D90, 50mm, 1/250sec at f/3.2, ISO 400

Michael liked the way the water crystallised into little stars on the stamens of this frosted germini, particularly how the frost picked up the texture of the petals. ?I chose a black background to set a strong contrast against the red flower,? he says. ?Photographing flowers hasn?t interested me in the past, but I really enjoyed this challenge. I have a new respect for how difficult it is to bring out the subtle intricacies of plant life.?

Judges say Michael?s superb image is a lesson in how to use your camera. It?s pin-sharp, perfectly exposed, with strong (but not overdone) colour and shot from an interesting angle.

2 Meredith Wilson, Greater London 41pts

Canon EOS 40D, 24-70mm, 1/1600sec at f/2.8, ISO 100

Meredith, who shoots with everything from a Canon EOS 40D to a Bronica SQ-A and an iPhone, shot these magnolia blooms in her garden. Not content with the usual view of these flowers, Meredith opted to shoot directly up through the branches. She captured some nice colour, ?but I thought it lacked impact,? she says. ?I love the dramatic, almost theatrical feel the b&w has given it.?

Judges say This is a delightful use of b&w with a really nice range of tones. Meredith has created an eerie, noir sort of image with that Sarah Moon quality of mystery and timelessness.

3rd Sean Slevin, Ireland 40pts

Canon EOS 500D, 28mm, 1/2sec at f/22, ISO 200

Sean felt he had some catching up to do in APOY, so he decided to think outside the box. ?I had the idea of viewing the world from an insect?s level and capturing the early morning light,? he says. ?With my camera at ground level, I focused on the flower heads with the grass directly in front of the lens out of focus to create depth.

Judges say We love the desaturated colours and the ultra-low perspective. Whether Sean intended it this literally or not, we really do get the sense in this image of what an insect might see.

Top 50 entries for this round

  • 1 Michael Lainchbury 42pts
  • 2 Meredith Wilson 41pts
  • 3 Sean Slevin 40pts
  • 4 Aiste Leipute 39pts
  • 5 Lauren Metcalfe 38pts
  • 5 Nick Pither 38pts
  • 7 Mike Hemming 37pts
  • 7 Manuel Robles 37pts
  • 9 Agnes Bodor 36pts
  • 9 Olive Linton 36pts
  • 9 David Scott 36pts
  • 9 David Severn 36pts
  • 9 Endre Szabo 36pts
  • 14 Jeff Oliver 35pts
  • 14 John Seamons 35pts
  • 16 Mervyn Brooker 34pts
  • 16 Lee Flack 34pts
  • 18 Paul Whiting 33pts
  • 18 Sam Burton 32pts
  • 18 Phan Hien 32pts
  • 18 Simon Hopkins 32pts
  • 18 Alan Johnson 32pts
  • 18 June Shaw 32pts
  • 18 Jurgen Warschun 32pts
  • 18 Michael Watts 32pts
    • 26 Robert Birkby 31pts
    • 26 Jenny Burrows 31pts
    • 26 Adrian Hall 31pts
    • 26 Ian LIvesey 31pts
    • 26 Henrique Souto 31pts
    • 31 Bogdan Dragus 30pts
    • 31 Michael Hall 30pts
    • 31 Martin Hellewell 30pts
    • 31 Trevor Payne 30pts
    • 35 Dave Fletcher 29pts
    • 35 Paul Kent 29pts
    • 37 Sarah Brigden 28pts
    • 37 Martin Greskovic 28pts
    • 37 Gemma Hutchinson 28pts
    • 37 Ray Readdy 28pts
    • 41 Lisa Burdett 27pts
    • 41 Dan Deakin 27pts
    • 41 Peter Jones 27pts
    • 41 Steve Knibbs 27pts
    • 41 Tamas Schild 27pts
    • 41 James Standley 27pts
    • 47 Davie Wilcox 26pts
    • 48 John Hall 24pts
    • 49 Philip Hatfield 23pts
    • 49 Ian Webb 23pts

    View the winning images in APOY 2010 Gallery

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