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London Geometry By Morag Forbes
CREDIT: Morag Forbes

RPS Landscape Group Monthly Competition June 2021

An online 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 June 2021.   

1st Place

London Geometry By Morag Forbes LRPS

I live in rural Perthshire but love to take photographs in the city, in particular London. This picture was taken just days after travel restrictions were lifted in May this year, and a few days in London were swiftly booked. I love to go take photographs early in the morning and wander about the city as it wakes up. I had tried to get a shot at this spot the day before, but relentless rain made a long exposure shot very difficult.

The next morning I stepped out into a city bathed in the most glorious sunrise and after a few shots on the millennium bridge, headed back to try again. I did wonder if I was making the best use of the sunrise as I knew in my mind that this shot would be a mono conversion, but I was happy with the way the early morning light was falling on the Shard and the buildings beside it. Once home I edited the RAW file in photoshop, and replaced the sky with one I took in Harris. I like the dramatic feel it gives to the image. I recently gained LRPS in April and would like to continue the theme of architecture in a fine art style somehow in ARPS, but I am sure that will be a long term project to work  on!

View more of Morag’s photography on Instagam and


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

  • Great combination of angular structures and LE clouds highlighted by the mono conversion.
  • Lovely composition, BW choice perfect, a photo I'd love to have taken.
  • I love the tonal range in this image, and the hard, straight lines against the glassy river surface. Well seen.
  • Chooses an iconic site with a skilfully composed scene, and adds further dimensions in terms of the lighting and in the starting point at the stairs, looking across the water.  There is a narrative hinted at here, perhaps in terms of the picture frame element of the stairway that suggests an oblique view across to an important focal point.  But what is the meaning of the lighting on this central tower with the rays of light exploding from behind it? What is the journey we can take if we look through the picture frame? The image pleases in its basics but its power lies in adding potential avenues to further meaning for us to ponder.  
  • Great composition from a different viewpoint and the lighting is superb for this B&W image - London Geometry
  • Stylistically interesting and well executed. Captured the essence!
  • Composition, vision, processing - all strong.
  • Wonderful composition of shapes and tones - emphasised by the choice of Black and white 


2nd Place

The Corpse By Susan Brown FRPS 

View more of Susan's photography and on Instagram

Comment made by members when voting for Susan's image

  • I like B&W rendering and touch of minimalistic simplicity.
  • I love the simplicity of the composition, and the B&W treatment. Excellent image. 
  • I chose The Copse as my first place image as I like to way the image has been processed and love the negative space around the subject matter.  Beautiful.
  • Landscape and minimalism
  • The simplicity of the image. The composition and the use of monochrome makes this image stand out for me.


3rd Place

Summerhill Waterfall by Phillip Dove LRPS


View more of Phillip’s photography and on Instagram

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

  • The exposure is timed just right to show detail in the water. 
  • I love the smooth flow of the water and the author has managed to capture both the light in the water whilst keeping some detail in the shadows.  The water isn't too smooth and there is a sense of both flow and detail.
  • Perfectly balances movement and solidity, with a low exposure emphasising the water.
  • Good composition, lighting and selection of shutter speed to show movement in the water but definition in the veils of water.
  • A different take on the classic waterfall image. Excellent mood and image quality.
  • Even if the picture is not so difficult to take, the light is perfect and draws you into the picture. You want to be there to cool down  and to think. Unwind under the soft jets of water. Very attractive.



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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