The theme for the first round of the brand new Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition was ‘Winter’ and there were some stunning entries. However, after much debate, we can reveal that the following images will go onto our shortlist to be judged by our illustrious panel of judges (soon to be announced) at the end of the year.
One of these ten shortlisted images has also been selected as the round winner with the photographer being awarded a voucher from MPB worth £500 – scroll down to find out who.
CJPOTY January 2023 Winter shortlisted images
Sara put in a superb performance in our previous competition and was place third overall. Now she’s back with another stunning entry. Any bird photographer would be proud of this image. It captures all the detail of the colouring and feathers but also portrays the hardship of winter and the part that humans can play in helping wildlife.
Snow and frost can render a scene almost monochrome and Chris’s image makes the most of that with the blue tone giving a real sense of the cold. We love the composition and framing.
The Camera Jabber team all love the minimalism of this image which was shot overlooking a lagoon in winter. The tufts of grass add some scale while the swirling clouds give a little tonal variation in an otherwise almost completely white scene. It’s a very peaceful image that would look great printed and hanging on any wall.
You can’t fail to be impressed by the eye contact and detail on the head of the owl in Eric’s image, they really pull you in. Catching the wings at the bottom of their down beat with a little blur and a flurry of snow gives a wonderful sense of movement and you can imagine yourself there with the bird coming towards you.
Helen has got the exposure of this image absolutely spot-on. There’s detail in the snow yet it doesn’t look grey, and the sky looks ominous. We also like Helen’s composition which gives plenty of space for the sky to reveal its threat above the isolated house.
This is a scene we’ve seen photographed many times but Pawel has captured an image that many aspire to create. The aurora looks fantastic above the mountain and its colour contrast beautifully with the warm-looking buildings below. The swirl in the water around the rocks adds an extra bit of magic.
Pawel’s second shortlisted image grabbed our attention because of its superb sense of scale and isolation. The walker’s head torch gives the impression that night is approaching while the path behind them suggests how far they have travelled.
Snow tends to smooth out the landscape and obliterate many features, in Wendy’s image, shot in the Yorkshire Dales at sunset, it looks like a rolling sea with the light and shade mimicking reflections on water. There’s a lovely contrast between the blue tones of the snow and the warmth of the sky. It’s an image we keep going back to for another look.
Bryce’s image has bags of impact. His wide angle of view puts the climber in context amongst the snow-covered rocks with the valley floor vanished into cloud. The climber’s bright clothing ensures that he stands out brilliantly from his surroundings and Bryce has captured him at the perfect moment as he swings his icepick ready to move further up.
Shooting at sunset, when the snow is in shadow, enabled Wim to create an unusually colourful image of a snowy scene. The composition of the three interlocking hills, each with a tree perfectly positioned on the top works beautifully while the footprints adds a leading line and scale.
CJPOTY January 2023 winner: Pawel Zygmunt
Congratulations Pawel, a voucher to the value of £500 from MPB is heading your way!
Pawel’s image joins the other 9 images that have been selected this month and goes onto our shortlist for judging by our panel of VIP judges at the end of the year for the overall prize.
CJPOTY February 2023: Close-up
The theme for the second round of the 2023/24 Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition is ‘Close-up’. We want you to get close to your subject and reveal the interesting features of the smaller things in life. Your images don’t have to be true macro shots, but they can be if you like.
This round of our monthly competition is open for submissions until 23:59 GMT (00:59 CET and 15:59 PST) on 28th February 2023.
Follow the link to cjpoty.com or click on the CJPOTY button at the top of any of our website pages. You can submit up to three entries for £2.00 plus payment processing costs (£0.26). Images should be Jpegs at least 1920 pixels along their longest side but no larger than 1MB.
Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year prizes
At the end of the month, the Camera Jabber team will pick one winning image and nine runners up from the February entries. The photographer of the winning image will receive a voucher from MPB.com to the value of £500 which can be spent on anything from a huge range of kit from the World’s biggest platform for used photographic gear.
All 10 of the selected images will go into our shortlist for the year.
We’ll do this each month in 2023 so that by the end of the year, there will be 120 shortlisted images. These will then go before our fantastic panel of judges (to be announced soon) who will decide the 1st, 2nd and 3rd-placed images.
The photographer of the first-placed image overall, as decided by the panel of judges , will receive a voucher to the value of £1000 from MPB.com as well as a trophy and the title ‘Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year 2023‘. The photographers who come second and third will receive vouchers worth £500 and £250 respectively.
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