The theme for the tenth round of the Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition was ‘Silhouettes’ and it proved to be a very popular round.
Now, we can reveal that the following images will go onto our shortlist to be judged by our illustrious panel at the end of the year.
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. One clever photographer has also managed to get two images shortlisted.
CJPOTY October 2022 Silhouettes shortlisted images
Angela’s image shows that the best camera is the one you have with you as she shot this simple yet memorable image with her iPhone. We love the composition and timing of this shot.
Rebecca has two images shortlisted in this round, her first was captured at sunrise in Morocco using a Sony Alpha 100. It’s another simple yet well composed shot and it makes brilliant use of the colourful sky.
This time Rebecca was in Andermatt, Switzerland and shooting from the top of the Gemsstock mountain with her Sony SLT-A77. We love the interlocking mountains with their different shades of gold and the deep shadow in the foreground.
Nancy’s striking image, shot with a Nikon D850, shows a mother rhino with her well-grown calf walking across a dam just after sunset. Their shape and the colour of the sky really pulled us in.
Edyta tells us that she stumbled across this magical early morning scene in a local woodland. Light was spreading across the forest, diffused in the strong fog, and it created these outstanding conditions. Edyta grabbed her Nikon D850 and captured a few shots of the magnificent stag moving right in front of her.
Philippa says, ‘just before the pandemic closed our borders, I was on Lake Kerkini photographing the magnificent Dalmatian Pelicans. The boat left the small harbour before dawn and over the course of 4 days I experienced all sorts of weather. I took this shot using my Nikon D750 on a stunningly crisp, cold morning as a pelican glided past, you can see the sun emerging above the horizon, bathing the lake in its golden glow.’
Sue was up early to capture this magical image with her Canon EOS 90D at Bushy Park near Hampton Court Palace in the UK, but it could easily be mistaken for an image taken in Africa. It was well-worth getting up for Sue!
Eileen says that this is one of the very first silhouettes that she captured when she started shooting with her Nikon D3400. The statue creates a bold shape against the window blinds and the image caught our eyes from the outset.
Helen tells us that she visited Kew Gardens in the UK in April and was absolutely fascinated by the
beautiful aluminium Hive installation, particularly from underneath its glass floor. This image, captured using Helen’s Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, is of several children playing on this glass floor making interesting silhouettes.
Jane captured this image of an elephant walking across the horizon at Ol Pejeta Conservancy Kenya with her Nikon D750. She says, ‘for two evenings we lay in the grass watching the elephants walking across the horizon. I wanted to frame a smaller animal in the elephant’s trunk. An impala stopped to graze just where I wanted it, then just as I took the photo, it looked up in my direction. When I looked at the photo I had taken, I was thrilled to see that a bird had flown by in the frame at just the right time, giving me an impala and a bird framed in the elephant’s trunk.’ Well done Jane, it’s an excellent image.
CJPOTY October 2022 winner: Nancy Arehart
Congratulations Nancy, a voucher to the value of £500 from MPB is heading your way!
Nancy’s image will join the other nine in our shortlist to be judged for the overall prize at the end of the year.
CJPOTY November 2022: Wonderful Woodlands
The theme for the tenth 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). The images can be taken at any time and 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 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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