The Wainwright Society is delighted to announce the winner of the 2015 Photographic Competition.
A total of 117 entries in the Society’s 2015 Photographic Competition were judged by Derry Brabbs, the photographer who collaborated with Alfred Wainwright in the 1980s to produce seven of his ‘large format’ books.
There were two classes, an Open Class and a Themed Class with an overall Best in Show photograph.
The winner of the Open Class was Ed Hamblett with his photograph, Derwentwater.
Derry commented: ‘This is a very strong composition laden with atmosphere. The strong silhouette of the gate and fence leading down into the heart of the image take the viewer’s eye up to the line of fells on the horizon. The clouds are very strong and their reflections on the water combine to make a strikingly graphic image.’
The winner of the Themed Class (Upon reaching the summit …) and judged Best in Show was Niels Rasmussen with his photograph, The summit of Sallows
Derry commented: “This is an outstanding photograph laden with atmosphere and one can almost smell the cold just looking at it. The undulating remnant of stone wall has been perfectly employed as a composition tool and the silhouetted walker and dog are perfectly placed within the frame. However, it is the fabulous blue wintry sky with streaked cloud formations that really makes the image stand out and really does back my insistent mantra that skies really do matter in landscape photography.”
In selecting The summit of Sallows as Best in Show, Derry said: “I had the unenviable task of choosing which of the two class winners should be awarded the accolade of ‘Best in Show’. Both images were outstanding but in the end I had no qualms about selecting The summit of Sallows as it readily passed the ‘which picture would I never tire of looking at on my wall test’ and so my congratulations to the frostbitten photographer who braved the harsh elements to capture that stunning image.”