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First Light At Bamburgh By Phillip Dove
CREDIT: Phillip Dove

RPS Landscape Group Monthly Competition October 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 October.


1st Place

First light at Bamburgh By Phillip Dove

I remember commenting to a fellow photographer as we left the beach that morning (you are never alone on Bamburgh beach) that even if the images didn’t live up to our expectations, that the opportunity to be there and experience the spectacle of the sunrise would be adequate compensation. Fortunately, I did have some satisfying images from the visit too.

This was a journey, albeit just a couple of hours from my home on the North Yorkshire coast, that was designed to ease some of the frustrations of the many months where restrictions have prevented us from travelling freely.  It was quite apt that it was on this beach twelve years ago that my interest in photography had been rekindled.

On the three days that I spent there the weather and the light could not have been better and although I have photographed most of the locations many times before, I never tire of visiting this area as on each visit the weather, the tides and the light will produce different images.

In the making of this image I decided that focus shift would give me the extreme depth of field that would be required to produce front to back sharpness.  The use of graduated filters meant that a few tweaks in Lightroom and stacking in Photoshop were all that was necessary.

View more of Philip's photography on his website and on Instagram

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

  • Atmospheric, lovely colours and textures like the composition.
  • I like the leading lines of the rock and the pool taking your eye to the castle.  I also like the way the early light catches the rocks on the right and the cracks in the foreground rocks.
  • Excellent composition, appropriately large depth of field, and beautiful light.
  • The light is just right and helps to lead you from the detailed foreground, across the bay to the castle, which is set in that striking sky.
  • Personal favourite.


2nd Place

The Old Drove road By Ian Iles

View more of Ian's photography here

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

  • Very atmospheric in black and white, the line of the path leads the eye through the image and the darker foreground tones add a sense of mystery.
  • Careful tones evoke a strong sense of place and atmosphere
  • Has such a wonderful feeling about it, pulling us into the image and works superbly well in black and white.
  • You feel the passing of time. The drove is no longer used functionally and is therefore laid to rest so beautifully.
  • Very atmospheric, with the light gradually fading in to the mist and the distance.
  • It tells a story of a cold winters day where you can imagine men driving cattle on this route, excellent black and white image. Peter Butler


3rd Place

If You Go Down To The Woods Today by Mike Lloyd

See more of Mike's photography on his website and Instagram mlloyd4075

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

  • My 1st place selection was because I was impressed by the atmosphere of the image.
  • Encapsulates a misty autumn morning for me, my favourite time of year.
  • Beautiful use of light falling on the path and onto the trees, love the people in the distance which gives perspective.  



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.