Looking through the images submitted to the various photography competitions that take place throughout the year is so much more that just viewing a bunch of nice pictures. A careful analysis will show just how democratic the field of photography is. Images taken by professional photographers can fit comfortably side by side with those taken by so-called amateurs.
This year saw some stunning entries from the Royal Photographic Society, Landscape Photographer of the Year, the World Press Photo Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the British Wildlife Photography Awards, Taylor Wessing, EISA, the Sony World Photography Awards and the International Garden Photographer of the Year. Of the selection here, we want to know what your favourite is. Scroll down to see the images, then vote on the poll below. Have your say by 31 January 2015.
Li Chen’s travel image took first place at this year’s Sony World Photography Awards Open Category.
Jacqueline Roberts took the top award at the Royal Photographic Society’s 157th International Exhibition.
The overall winner of this year’s Landscape Photographer of the Year was Mark Littlejohn with his shot taken at Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands.
The always-controversial Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize took a surprising turn this year, with fashion photographer David Titlow taking top spot with his image of the aftermath of a summer party.
Photographic artist and journalist Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols took the top prize at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year with this image of resting lions in Tanzania.
John Stanmeyer’s image of African migrants raising their phones in an attempt to catch an signal from neighbouring Somalia was awarded the overall winning image at the World Press Photo Awards.
UK-based architectural photographer Billy Currie was awarded first place at this year’s EISA Maestro awards.
Rosanna Castrini’s image titled ‘My Prairie Garden’ took the overall prize at the 2014 International Garden Photographer of the Year competition.
Lee Acaster’s image of a greylag goose in London took to the top spot at this year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards.