Salisbury Plain South Georgia - Dr Ray Hems ARPS
A very powerful image that really shouts “sense of place”. The solitude and lack of anything man-made gives a wonderful sense of isolation and of being alone in this amazing landscape. But the photographer is definitely not alone. He is in the presence of hundreds if not thousands of penguins.
For me the image gives me a sense of peace and tranquility, but at the same time a certain tension. Man is not meant to be here - we are invading this space. The foreground is devoid of snow and ice and makes me think about climate change and the broken clouds in the background help emphasise the uncertainty of the future. What will this environment be like in ten or twenty years?
The wide angle view really draws me into the picture, and the colour palette is very subtle and gentle. The composition looks so simple, but is masterful. There is good separation of the penguins, an almost impossible feat!
An image that one can look at and ponder forever
Life in Verdic School - Dr Ngar Shun Victor Wong FRPS
This image gave me a wonderful sense of place. It is intriguing and stopped me in my tracks.
You see the two sides of life - children at prayer and performing their devotions inside, but at the same time there is time for play outside. Two different worlds brought together into one image.
There is so much detail in the image and I wanted to come back to it several times and each time noticed something new. It was an image where I could hear the Photographer talking to me, telling me a story and I hope it is maybe part of a larger body of work.
Midnight USA - Dr Lynda Golightly LRPS
A photographer not averse to going out in the night and this image really shouts AMERICA at me. Route 66 type images have been done many times, but this image has been so carefully composed, with all the elements in just the right place, and the lighting has been well handled. The old car outside adds to the atmosphere and I really feel I want to enter the kiosk and find some old timer leaning on the counter.
This is an image that draws me in and makes me want to be part of it.