Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition 2021

I’m generally not one for entering competitions but with a little bit of gentle persuasion from a friend I decided to enter the Amateur Photographer of the Year competition 2021. There are 10 monthly rounds, each specialising in a different genre, some of which I feel very comfortable with, others are very alien to me – but I like a challenge !!!  You are allowed to enter up to four images for each round – not sure whether I’ll manage that every month but here’s a running commentary of the images entered.  The most recent images appear first so you don’t have to scroll through the same stuff every month! 😉 



Round 3 – Home

This round could feature any image as long as it was taken in the home. I have to admit I struggled with this round a bit as I just don’t feel comfortable, or confident, taking images indoors. In the end I bought a bunch of flowers from the local supermarket and spent a day photographing a selection of still life images, working in the conservatory with as much natural light as possible. This one was the only one I thought worthy of uploading and was pretty ‘gobsmacked’ to have it shortlisted!!


Round 2 – Natural World

With images of wildlife being my favourite genre this is the round I feel the most comfortable with. I really couldn’t make my mind up which images to enter so I decided to upload the maximum allowed choosing some of my favourite images, which I felt told a good story.  I was chuffed to bits when all four were shortlisted and totally gobsmacked to actually win!! Absolutely thrilled to bits.


Round 1 – Black & White

I very rarely use B&W in my photography – partly because, to me, nature is all about colour. However, having travelled to the Cairngorms to photograph the mountain hares in the snow I had to deal with wind and rain, but no white stuff! This was one of the few occasions when I felt a black & white image would work with the subject and surroundings.  This was my first image entered so i was absolutely chuffed to bits to be shortlisted.