For this round, we want to see your landscape photographs. Landscapes require the application of the most fundamental rules of photography. The scene is made or unmade by the light and requires that you learn to break down the scene, and mentally reduce it to its most essential components in order to make sense of chaos.
No matter what kind of location you’re shooting, planning is a must, so make sure you know the area. Are you in the best position relative to the light and composition? How does the weather affect the scene? And try to shoot in raw as you’ll have a lot more information to work with in post-production. While a shallow depth of field can look beautiful, also try maximising your depth of field. There’s nothing more breathtaking than a sharply focused landscape.
The panel's 1st place photographer will win over £1000 of Sigma products, and the crowd's 1st place will win year-long subscriptions to Amateur Photographer magazine and Photocrowd.
To qualify for entry into APOY your primary income must not be from photography or photographic services.
The judging panel's winner will receive the SIGMA dp0 Quattro (£899.99) + VF-51 Viewfinder (£199.99). Total Prize Value: £1,099.98. (If winner is based outside EU, they will have to pay for any customs charges that may be added to shipping).
The crowd-vote winner will receive a year-long subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine (worth over £100), as well as a year-long master-level subscription to Photocrowd (worth £120).
The Grand Prize winner of the entire APOY 2017 series will get their hands on over £2000 of Sigma gear: the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (£1199.99) + the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (799.99) + the SIGMA USB Dock (£39.99). Total Grand Prize value: £2,039.97.
Every photo submitted will be available for the crowd to rate once the submissions period has ended. In this contest, the entries are hidden until the rating period begins.
Some contests on Photocrowd also have a judge. After the submission period closes the judge chooses their favourite images and writes some image reviews. The crowd and judge results will be announced on the same day.
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Over the years, readers of Amateur Photographer Magazine have sent in some incredible images, so 20 years ago we decided to launch the Amateur Photographer of the Year competition. Since then, APOY has received thousands of entries, with many of them taking the judges’ breath away. This year, we are once again sponsored by Sigma, and we’re also proud to be working in partnership with Photocrowd, who are hosting the competition.
To keep photographers anonymous entries are hidden until judging begins.