The theme for the third round of the Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition is ‘Spring Colour’. Colourful spring flowers and blossom are a welcome sight every year, but particularly so in recent times. We don’t mind if you shoot them close-up or use a wide-angle lens to put them in the context of the landscape, just make sure that spring flowers are a key element of your image. And don’t worry, we’re calling white a colour so images of snowdrops count as spring colour!
This round of our monthly competition is open for submissions until 18:00 GMT (19:00 CET and 10:00 PST) on 31st March 2022.
To submit your entry visit cjpoty.com. You can submit one image per entry but make up to three entries for £2.00 plus payment processing costs (£0.26).
Spring colour inspiration and shooting tips
After the gloom of winter, spring flowers are usually enough to inspire any photographer to pick up their camera, but they are challenging subjects. Firstly, unless you’re shooting blossom in the trees, you’ll usually have to get down low. And even in light wind, they can bob around infuriatingly, making getting the focus and composition just right quite tricky. But that’s part of the fun.
We have a few post that might help with both inspiration and shooting tips. First up, we have 4 ways to add instant impact to spring images, next we have 11 quick spring photography tips and finally we have , how to photograph bluebells. It’s a little early in the season for bluebells, but if we’re lucky some of the shoots that are appearing in the UK now may produce a few flowers in the sunnier patches of woodland before the end of the month, and of course, many of the tips can be applied to photographing other flowers. Or perhaps you got a great shot of bluebells from last spring? Submitted images don’t have to been taken this year – or in the UK.
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 March 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 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
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
Craig Strong – Lensbaby founder and photographer
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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