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River Rib On A Misty Morning By John Mcdowall
CREDIT: John Mcdowall

RPS Landscape Group Monthly Competition August 2021

An online monthly Photography competition for RPS Landscape Group Members.

Winners Announcement

Members submitted another stunning collection of images to the Landscape Group competition between the 1st and the 23rd of August 2021.  


1st Place

River Rib on a Misty Morning by John McDowall

One of my favourite local walks is a lovely circular route along two sides of the Rib Valley with wonderful views across the rolling Hertfordshire countryside.  

This scene in nearby meadows was taken at Sunrise on a beautiful misty morning and shows the River Rib winding its way between a few trees.   In the 19th century a local Mill situated on the Rib was used to produce thin paper on which Bibles were printed and the paper was laid out to dry in what became known as ‘Laundry Meadows’. 

My vision was to capture both in camera and post processing to emulate a “Turneresque” painterly image and I was quite happy with the end result. 

View more of John's photography on instagram @john_mcdowall photography and Twitter @jwmcdowall

Comments made by RPS Landscape Members when voting for John's image

  • I like the contrast between the sunlight on the grass in the foreground and the coolness of the misty background.
  • Loved the painterly 'old master' feeling generated by the image. 
  • I like the collection of browns, the feel of a painting, a bit of mystery that the fog gives, I like that the water turns. I am curious where it will go. I like the mood too. Makes me think. Transports me to the landscape. I am there.
  • The soft light & processing made the image look like a painting.
  • I particularly like the way this image has been processed. It would make a lovely canvas print.
  • A moody picture, full of atmosphere.  Composition spot on. Excellent post processing.  Full marks!
  • I enjoyed the soft tonal palette and the dreamy quality of River Rib on a Misty Morning.
  • River Rib on a misty morning has been beautifully handled and communicated a sense of pace and tranquility.
  • I chose River Rib on a Misty Morning because I love the light, particularly on the plant in the bottom right hand corner, and the composition draws me in, resulting in a very atmospheric image.
  • River Rib....I love the colour palette used in this image, it reminds me of a Constable painting.
  • I think the image has an artistic content which I find very pleasing.
  • Great composition that evokes a sense of both time and place.  
  • Quite enchanting and lovely capture.
  • The soft misty light and treatment make for an image evoking a feeling of peace and tranquility. For me images which make me wish I was there are inspiring. I wish I’d been there.
  • This is a fabulous shot in which there is huge tonal range but a well composed foreground of water undergrowth and trees which leads into the mist - and I could enjoy looking at this for a long time appreciating different elements.
  • It stood out because of the 17th century Dutch painting atmosphere it exudes.
  • The lighting gives this photo a very calming painterly feel.
  • Great atmosphere and sense of calm.  Good composition with the river leading the eye into the image.
  • Wonderful atmosphere and what beautiful light on the foreground grasses.


2nd Place

Haystacks By Anthony Wright ARPS

Take a look at more of Anthony's photography at  

Comments made by RPS Landscape Members when voting for Anthony's image

  • Caught my eye above all others.
  • Immediate impact.
  • Dramatic light and crisp mono conversion. Successful composition with the three stacks and the shadow set before the wonderful cloudscape. 


3rd Place

Devon Hartland by Alan Ranger ARPS

See more of Alan's photography on instagram alanrangerphotogaphy and

Comments made by RPS Landscape Members when voting for Alan's image

  • It's a classic view that has been very well executed. The wave movement and the details of the jagged rocks are just lovely.
  • An extremely strong and well balanced composition. The chosen shutter speed records the water movement perfectly which helps to link the rock structures through the image.
  • I like the strong rocks, the leading lines and the exposure is excellent to capture the right amount of movement in the sea.


How the competition works

  • Landscape Members email their image.
  • Images are displayed on RPS Landscape group’s website.
  • In the last week of the month, Members are sent a link to a voting form and invited to vote for their favourite 3 images.
  • The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are announced on the 1st of the month and can be seen on the Landscape Group competition web page.
  • The Prize - the 1st place winner will get to choose one of fotoVUE's photo-location guidebooks.
  • At the end of year all 1st place images will be entered into a further round in the competition and Landscape photographer, Thomas Heaton will select an overall  winner for 2021!

Full instructions can be found on the RPS Landscape Group website.

Look out on the RPS Landscape Group Facebook page for updates.