win a free giclee - week 4 results

A thousand thanks to everyone who entered week 4 of the competition. Again we had to hold out on this one a little bit until we had a few more entries but I'm sure as the competition gains popularity we'll be able to judge on a more regular weekly basis.

Firstly here is one of the highly commended entries by Richard Hurst:

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Richard HurstA magnificent effort and an image that would calm me down after a hard day at the office. You can see more of Richards work on his website.

The winning entry is from Diogo Miguel Juiz Ferreira (what a lovely name!):

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Diogo Miguel Juiz FerreiraWe love macro shots; and what really stood out to us is the planet like collection of water in the center of the leaf. The reflections and detail are really intriguing and the shadows on the edges of the image lead you into the center - super composition.

Here is Diogo's description of the image:

This photo was taken in plain winter after a rain shower and the moisture of the weather created droplets in several plants in the morning. This allowed me to catch this droplets floating in the plants. This particular photo had the perfect lightning conditions to photograph, letting me capture a major droplet in the center surrounded by all the other droplets converging also to the center.

Here are some photos of the print that we'll be sending Diogo printed on Illford Pearl paper:

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You can see more of Diogo's work here. View the other commended entries in our competition gallery.

Caught by the River

We recently did some lovely prints for Andrew, who is part of a group that dedicate some of their time to a popular blog called Caught by the River focusing on angling, music, books, films, nature and pubs - amoungst other passions. Certainly a blog to bookmark. Here are some photographs of the prints that have been signed by Pete Fowler who did the illustrations, printed on Fotospeed Matt paper:

 

win a free giclee - week 3 results

After an initial lull in submissions for week 3, there was a surge of entries in the last few days, a couple of days judging and now we have the result!

A stunning self portrait with bags of character and a real gritty feel by Matthew Gordon:

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© Matthew Gordon

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© Matthew Gordon. Printed on Hahnemuhle Baryta Paper.

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© Matthew Gordon. Printed on Hahnemuhle Baryta Paper.

Matthew has described the image:

During my frustration of looking - and not finding - work, I found solace in photography. During a day of particular frustration in looking for work, I decided to take a photo of myself to document this albeit, difficult time in my life. I chose the particular setting of my bedroom for the light, as I like to shoot in natural light whenever possible.

You can view his blog of photography here. Highly commended entries and the winner can be seen in our competition gallery.