The theme for the sixth round of the Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition was ‘Sport and Action’ and we loved the varied interpretation of the brief!
Now, we are delighted to reveal that the following images will go onto our shortlist to be judged by our illustrious panel at the end of the year. There are two talented entrants who have more than one image shortlisted!
One of these ten shortlisted images has also been selected as the round winner with the photographer being awarded a voucher from MPB worth £500 – scroll down to find out who.
CJPOTY June 2022 Sport and Action shortlisted images
Lynne shot her image, ‘Fast and Furious’, using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III at a husky-racing event in Thetford UK, and she’s done a great job with the photographic opportunity. We love Lynne’s low angle, the muted colours and timing. She’s captured the dogs perfectly as they race around the corner and the way they and the driver are leaning adds some extra dynamism.
This is the first of three images that Sara has had shortlisted in this round. We were drawn to it by the terrific sense of movement, with all four of the horse’s feet off the ground and the sand flying behind. Sara has used a low angle with her Nikon D500 and Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 lens for extra impact.
For this shot, Sara took her Nikon D500 and Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 lens to a jousting contest at a local castle. She says, ‘I found it very hard to pan with the horses because they move so much, not just forward, but also up and down and they move their heads a lot. But I wanted to try this to give the sense of movement and take some different pictures of the event.’ We think you’ve done a superb job, Sara, there’s a great sense of movement and the degree of blur is just right, with the heads of the rider and horse being the sharpest elements.
Sara visited a hide near Venice with her Nikon D500 and a Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens to capture her third image. A shutter speed of 1/6400 has frozen the kingfisher at the point of take-off from the water, a fish in its beak. Sara tells us that she spent the whole day in the hide photographing a pair of kingfishers and the animals that passed by – we can see why.
Carol selected a great position for photographing this motocross race with her Canon 60D and 200mm lens, but she must’ve been delighted to be able to capture this dramatic moment. Her focus, exposure and timing are all excellent.
This image of a puffball dispersing spores demonstrates that ‘action’ doesn’t have to be high-octane! We love Angi’s interpretation of the brief and she’s done a fantastic job of capturing the spores in flight using her Sony A7 II and Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS lens.
This super image by John Thorndike leaps from the screen and screams ‘action’. The bright colours of the rider’s outfit contrast well with the surroundings and you can almost hear the roar of the engine when you look at the bike. John’s choice of a 1/200 sec shutter speed on his Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has rendered the rider sharp while the back wheel of the bike and the flying mud are a blur, making for a very dynamic image.
John used his Canon EOS 7D Mark II and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens to capture this action-packed image. He chose to shoot during a turn, which means he capture plenty of spray and the rider is leaning in the opposite direction, making the image more dramatic. The concentration on the rider’s face is superb.
Using a shutter speed of 1/4 second on her Nikon D750 and introducing some intentional camera movement (ICM) has enabled Charlotte Bellamy to put a different spin on the theme for this round. She says, ‘love ICM photography, and I love horses, so to combine my two loves, this was special. Adding the element of intentional camera movement, I was looking to add movement, fluidity and a feeling of a ballet dancer in the spotlight of the moon, when I created this image. Given a horse is over 500kg, she and her rider appear to effortlessly float over the ground. Using the B&W post processing allowed me to accentuate the light and movement without the distractions of colour.’
Carole shot this image during the Quemao international surfing competition at La Santa in Lanzarote with her Canon EOS 7D Mark II and a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. She’s timed her shot superbly and her choice of a shutter speed of 1/2500sec is just right as the wave and surfer are frozen at the perfect point.
CJPOTY June 2022 winner: Sara Jazbar
Congratulations Sara, a voucher to the value of £500 from MPB is heading your way! Let us know what you spend it on. Your image will also join the other nine in our shortlist to be judged for the overall prize at the end of the year.
CJPOTY July 2022: City Life
The theme for the seventh round of the Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition is ‘City Life’. We’re looking for images that capture the sights, sounds and experience of being in a city. That could be the bustling activity in a crowded marketplace or a quieter, more reflective moment away from the masses.
This round of our monthly competition is open for submissions until 23:59 BST (00:59 CET and 15:59 PST) on 31st July 2022.
To submit your entry, visit cjpoty.com. You can submit up to three entries for £2.00 plus payment processing costs (£0.26).
City Life inspiration
This month is the time to take to the streets and shoot what you see. Look for places with interesting light or where people are interacting. Shop fronts, billboard adverts and graffiti can all make great backgrounds for your subject and sometimes it’s just a case of waiting for someone to come along to fill the right space. You don’t have to include people in a City Life image, there are plenty of signs of life in the average city without them.
If you’re new to the genre, we have some advice about the best camera settings for street photography.
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 June 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. 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.
The photographer of the first-placed image overall, as decided by the panel of judges, will received 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
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