The theme for the eleventh round of the Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition is ‘Wonderful Woodlands. We want to see a celebration of woodlands; their trees, flora and fauna – don’t worry, you don’t have to get them all in the same shot.
This round of our monthly competition is open for submissions until 23:59 GMT (00:59 CET and 15:59 PST) on 30th November 2022.
To submit your entry visit cjpoty.com. You can submit up to three entries for £2.00 plus payment processing costs (£0.26). Images should be Jpegs at least 1920 pixels along their longest side but no larger than 5MB.
There are lots of potential subjects for this round and you can use just about any lens. A macro lens is ideal for getting close to tiny fungi, a wide-angle lens will let you capture a bigger view and a telephoto will let you pick out distant (or high-up) details.
Woodlands can be especially attractive in mist while strong sunlight creates nice patches of shadow with strong highlights. Whatever the weather conditions, think about the white balance that you use because the deep shady areas can end up looking a bit too neutral or even cold if you use the auto setting – although that’s fine if that’s the look that you want.
Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year prizes
At the end of the month, the Camera Jabber team will pick one winning image and nine runners up from the November entries. The photographer of the winning image will receive a voucher from MPB.com to the value of £500 which can be spent on anything from a huge range of kit from the World’s biggest platform for used photographic gear.
All 10 of the selected images will go into our shortlist for the year.
We’ll do this each month in 2022 so that by the end of the year, there will be 120 shortlisted images. These will then go before our fantastic panel of judges who will decide the 1st, 2nd and 3rd-placed images.
The photographer of the first-placed image overall, as decided by the panel of judges, will receive a voucher to the value of £1000 from MPB.com as well as a trophy and the title ‘Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year 2023‘. The photographers who come second and third will receive vouchers worth £500 and £250 respectively.
The judges are:
Ben Brain – Photographer, journalist & Sigma ambassador
Sophie Collins – Chief Marketing Office at MPB
Donna Crous – Food photographer, author, Nikon Europe ambassador and Rotolight Master of Light
Kate Hopewell-Smith – Wedding, portrait & boudoir photographer, Sony ambassador
Sanjay Jogia – Wedding photographer & Canon ambassador
Pete Reed OBE – Three times Olympic gold medal-winning rower and keen documentary photographer
Dominique Shaw – Photographer and co-founder of York Place Studios and Fujifilm ambassador
Craig Strong – Lensbaby founder
Christina Vaughan – Founder of Cultura Creative, the home of inclusive stock photography
Jeremy Walker – Landscape photographer, author & former Nikon ambassador
You don’t have to enter the competition every month, but you are welcome to do so and the more shortlisted images you have at the end of the year, the greater than chance of winning the top prize.
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