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Aura Of The Dunes By Mohammed Arfan Asif, FRPS
CREDIT: Mohammed Arfan Asif, FRPS

RPS Landscape Group Monthly Competition November 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 during November.


1st Place

Aura Of The Dunes By Mohammed Arfan Asif, FRPS

It was an unusual day, as I was taken off guard. The early morning was pleasant when I set out with a friend for my landscape photographic project. But suddenly when we reached location the weather changed most dramatically. I had not anticipated the seasonal 'shamal' (sandstorm). My friend refused to come out of the car to take pictures fearing that the very strong winds with continuous sand blowing would destroy the camera! For me personally, it was a moment not to miss. It was difficult to even keep the eyes open and I quickly pre-visualised a composition which would present the intense moment.
For a fraction, I would remove the cap from the lens and take a couple of shots and then place it back in position. But after a few attempts, the situation was unbearable and I had to retreat back to the car... a sandyman!  In few minutes the weather changed dramatically and everything was back to normal and still.
I was pleased that the unique moment was photographed; an image much different from my other dune shots. For me being at the right place at the right time helped. But most important my decision to take the risk and photograph helped make a memorable image, though the lens was affected quite seriously and required major repairs.
Recently I gained my Fellowship on 'Dunescapes'.  Incidentally, this image could not be included as I approached a square composition for the panel. Also it would be remarkably different from the others affecting the cohesive harmony and unity that I sought in the panel. 
View more of Arfan's photography on Instagram


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

  • Simplicity of subject reflected in the composition. Negative black space frames central subject very well. Fantastic light in the dune, combining very well with the wind blown sand.
  • The image is just outstanding. The dramatic lighting captured perfectly, with a slight softness created by the blowing sand. The composition is excellent, with the focus drawn immediately to the main subject of the wind and sand blowing over the main dune rise. Nothing in the periphery of the image is distracting, in fact supports and compliments the subject chosen. This image is so well executed, it is one of the few examples where you'd say to yourself - I wish I'd taken that image.
  • My first choice because of the simplicity but powerful nature of the image, using shadows in the dunes. The eye is drawn from the grasses sweeping up to the left with the wind of the sand storm.
  • I picked this one because the light is amazing, the photographer has controlled the tones beautifully and the composition is great too.



2nd Place

Jetty At Dusk By David Travis ARPS

View more of David's photography on and his website

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

  • I chose this image as first place as the eye is immediately drawn to the centre of the picture as the depth of field is positioned perfectly and then you start to explore the rest of the image. The colours are so subtle that at they do not distract but enhance the jetty.

  • I like the stillness of the Jetty and the moment of the sky. The Jetty lines draw my eye into the image.


3rd Place

St Cwfans Storm Tide By David Griffiths

See more of David's photography on his website and on Instagram

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

  • A delightful mono image showing the detail in the waves, leading the eye to the chapel.

  • Fabulous composition

  • The use of contrast in the B&W combined with the tidal lines leading to the subject made this image stand out to me, placing the subject where it is presented a pleasing balance to the 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.

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



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