2010 Joy Harland Memorial Photography Competition Winners
In 2010 there were 189 images submitted by 18 entrants – a record!
“Acacia glaucoptera new growth” by Rodger Elliot – WINNER
” This is a stunning photo of the young growth of this hardy Acacia – I have one on my nature strip and passers by always comment on the new growth. The backlighting brings out the colour wonderfully. The design is simple and uncluttered with the stem on an angle and the shapes of the leaf stem dominating the photo. The subject is perfectly sharp so the veins of the leaf stem can be seen – but the background is creamy and has no distractions at all. The Japanese call the nature of the out of focus area of a photo the “bokeh” and this photo has great bokeh! The colour red always comes forward in photos so that works well and there is space for a magazine heading as well. There are no overexposed areas to distract from the subject. Just a great photo all round.”
“Rest” by Lorraine Deroon – Highly commended
” I fell in love with this photo gradually. It expresses the theme of rest and calmness in a garden beautifully. It has mellow shades of greens and yellows with a composition including the textures of lawn, foliage and the tree trunk – with the seat waiting for us to rest on. It would be a lovely cover for stories about larger gardens or parks. The photo is sharp from front to back – which is what you want with landscape style shots and there are no distractions or overexposed areas. Perhaps a gardener at rest would have topped it off.”
“Riot of Flowers” by Jenna Reed Burns – Highly commended
“I’ve called this photo a “riot of colours” because that is how it hit me – it is not a mess of flowers however. It is sharp, it shows a great variety of form and colour and the patterns and repeat flowers work for me in an interesting way. The large flowers form a triangle and no one colour or flower dominates. For me it has great interest – my eye moves around it looking to see all the different flowers. Are they really all growing together? It is well exposed and the balance of green with the flower colours works for me. Finding a spot for a magazine title may, however, be tricky!”