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Last Leaves By Simon Turnbull
CREDIT: Simon Turnbull

RPS Landscape Group Monthly Competition July 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 July 2021.  


1st Place

Last Leaves By Simon Turnbull FRPS

The wonderful Borrrowdale Valley (Lake District) is a place close to my heart, having grown up in nearby Keswick. It’s a truly magical corner of the world. I took this image one Autumn hoping for the area's usual splendid colours but was thwarted by a recent storm which had swept away nearly every leaf left in the valley. “Last Leaves” felt like an appropriate title. Thankfully a few golden leaves remained and a fairly typical Lake District “claggy” day made for an excellent backdrop with the distant fells, the silver birch striking an elegant pose within the scene. I do enjoy these quiet, understated images and was very grateful to have been there to take the shot.
View more of Simon's photography on his website and social media.
Simon will be running two RPS Autumn Workshops where he will teach woodland photography techniques. Find out more here.


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

  • Beautiful composition;  delicate colours; fine detail and principally the atmosphere and mood evoked.
  • I like the composition, the colour and atmosphere of the image
  • This image just grabbed me as soon as I saw it. It is a mighty fine composition and very well executed. Just lovely in every respect.
  • Such a wonderfully atmospheric image with beautiful light.
  • I like the ethereal quality of the image, the layers and the mist add to the effect.
  • So atmospheric, composition just right, with that wonderful birch tree - RC.
  • This gentle landscape captures the subtle palette both of early/late light and the autumnal tints of the countryside. The tree is sufficiently bold (1/3) of the image to act as a an immediate focal point and yet not so large that it obscures the context of the landscape in which it lives. There is detail throughout the image even within the misty areas and the sky has a suggestion of clouds. An image to keep returning to, something new each time one looks at it.
  • Lovely soft palette, very atmospheric.
  • Beautifully executed and composed.  Touch of highlight besides the tree looks great.  A delicate image full of atmosphere and impact.
  • Nicely composed, with depth and a lovely sense of place
  • Loved the composition, the broody nature of the light and the recession in the background.
  • I like the composition, the colour and atmosphere of the image
  • Ethereal and beautiful with lovely subtle tones
  • Claire Brooks: "Last Leaves" A beautifully soft image, with pleasing compositional elements. It looks like it is raining and the remaining leaves on the birch are weighed down with the weight of the water. 
  • Atmospheric image with a beautiful colour palette.


2nd Place

Five Trees, Iceland By Colin Westgate

Take a look at more of Collin's photography on his website


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

  • I chose Five trees Iceland first, because I loved the minimalist aspect of the image. The delicate tree lines and soft colour.
  • Five Trees, Iceland is, like the title, an intriguing example of minimalist expressionism (and, failing that, I love anything Iceland).
  • Stark, well composed, almost minimalist, yet enchanting.
  • Minimalist but interesting and pleasing composition.
  • Simplicity, cool tones, composition and depth of field all came together to make this image a winner for me.
  • The simplicity of the image is striking tones and the cools tones are perfect for the image.


3rd Place

Temple in Mist By Dennis Anguige FRPS

See more of Dennis's work on his website


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

  • I thought the limited colour palette and timing of the shot gave the image a fabulous sense of atmosphere.
  • Lovely layering with the hills and valleys give the image a great depth.
  • Detail on temple in the mist made it no 1. Love the composition of 5 trees in Iceland. A little brighter and it would have been no 1.
  • A wonderful ethereal quality with subtle colour and a beautiful layered composition.
  • Temple in mist appeals to me because it is one of those images you can look at again and again and discover something new about it. It is delicate with wonderful outlines of the mountains beyond. A lovely image.



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.

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