APOY 2016 Round 6: A Small Plot of Land – Landscapes and Cityscapes

APOY 2016 Amateur Photographer

Here are the results for APOY 2016 Round 6: A Small Plot of Land - Landscapes and Cityscapes


1st Adam Stephenson, West Midlands 50pts Adam Stephenson
2nd Stian Nesoy, Norway 49pts Stian Nesoy
3rd Denis Dowland, London 48pts Denis Dowland
4th Daniel Llamas, Spain 47pts Daniel Llamas
5th Daniel Lois Otero, Spain 46pts Daniel Lois Otero
6th Dominic Beaven, London 45pts Dominic Beaven
7th Alan Warriner, Newcastle 44pts Alan Warriner
8th David Hendry, Glasgow 43pts David Hendry
9th Keith Trueman, Devon 42pts Keith Trueman
10th Grant Hyatt Neath, Port Talbot 41pts Grant Hyatt
11th Chris Gebauer, Australia 40pts Chris Gebauer
12th Abhijit Chatterjee, India 39pts Abhijit Chatterjee
13th Gavin Duncan, Falkirk 38pts Gavin Duncan
14th Iain Turnbull, Highland 37pts Iain Turnbull
15th June Morrissey, Berkshire 36pts June Morrissey
16th Bertrand Chombart, France 35pts Bertrand Chombart
17th Valentyn Odnoviun, Lithuania 34pts Valentyn Odnoviun
18th David Ball, Nottingham 33pts David Ball
19th Jacinta O’Shea, Bristol 32pts Jacinta O’Shea
20th Dominic Burdon, Oxfordshire 31pts Dominic Burdon
21st George Digalakis, Greece 30pts George Digalakis
22nd Elena Kurlaviciute, Cheshire 29pts Elena Kurlaviciute
23rd Penny Halsall, Oxfordshire 28pts Penny Halsall
24th Peter Henry, Cumbria 27pts Peter Henry
25th Felix Belloin, London 26pts Felix Belloin
26th Fearghal Breathnach, Ireland 25pts Fearghal Breathnach
27th Anita Nicholson, Northumberland 24pts Anita Nicholson
28th Dylan Nardini, South Lanarkshire 23pts Dylan Nardini
29th Stu Meech, Warwickshire 22pts Stu Meech
30th Martin Watt, Fife 21pts Martin Watt
Amateur Photographer

Here we have the top 30 images for round 6 of APOY 2016 – A Small Plot of Land (Landscapes and Cityscapes)

Landscapes and cityscapes are wonderful genres for any photographer to explore. Both types of photography, somewhat interchangeable with regard to technique, require the application of the most well-known and fundamental rules of photography. Both are made or unmade by the light, and both can benefit from accessories such as filters. Landscape and cityscape photography require photographers to learn to break down the scene and mentally reduce it to its most essential components in order to make sense of chaos.

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In this round, we asked you to send us your best images of landscapes and cityscapes, and once again, the images we received were of an overwhelming quality. The winner of round 6 (Landscapes and Cityscapes) is Adam Stephenson from Halesowen in the West Midlands. He receives a Sigma dp0 Quattro camera and Sigma LVF-01 LCD Viewfinder.

Sigma dp0 Quattro camera Amateur Photographer

The SIGMA dp0 Quattro is the fourth dp camera in the Quattro series and incorporates a high-performance 14mm f/4 lens (equivalent to a 21mm lens on a 35mm SLR).

The lens of the dp0 achieves the highest optical performance, and features four FLD (‘F’ low dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite; two SLD (special low dispersion) glass elements; and two aspheric lenses, including a wide double-sided aspheric lens. This reduces chromatic aberration and distortion, which are characteristics that are often present in super-wideangle photography.

Perfectly suited to landscape photographers, the addition of the Sigma LVF-01 LCD Viewfinder cuts off outside light and magnifies the LCD display 2.5x, allowing photographers to check focusing and composition more easily – a crucial application when shooting subjects such as landscapes and cityscapes.

All in all, Adam takes home a prize value worth £999.99.

1st Adam Stephenson, West Midlands 50pts

1st Adam Stephenson, West Midlands 50pts Adam Stephenson

Nikon D750, 14mm, 25secs at f/2.8, ISO 2,500.

In first place for this round we find a common trope in landscape photography – the lone tree. But what marks this image out is its immense scale. Behind the tree we have the glowing lights of Hereford; in the foreground is the grass; and above it all is the sweeping arch of the Milky Way. It’s such an impressive image!

2nd Stian Nesoy, Norway 49pts

2nd Stian Nesoy, Norway 49pts Stian Nesoy

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 16mm, 20secs at f/4, ISO 400-1,600.

These unique ice-crystal formations were captured on a frozen river by the high mountains of Norway’s west, Stian tells us. The image was shot in the narrow window of time between the river freezing over, but before snow blanketed the landscape. The image looks almost alien and shows us why the landscapes of Scandinavia are so appealing to photographers.

3rd Denis Dowland, London 48pts

3rd Denis Dowland, London 48pts Denis Dowland

Canon EOS 700D, 18-135mm, 1/1,000sec at f/11, ISO 800.

In third place we have a city shot, and it’s a rather unconventional one. Here we see a view of Canary Wharf taken from a building site across the river. Usually, city shots focus squarely on the jutting graphic forms of the buildings, but here Denis has offered a unique perspective by using a building site as his foreground. The smooth mountains of grit and sand will eventually play their part in forming hard-edged buildings. The relentless expansion of the cityscape continues. It just goes to show that there’s a fresh angle to any subject.

Here are the top 50 entries for  APOY 2016 Round 6: A Small Plot of Land – Landscapes and Cityscapes

  1. Adam Stephenson 50pts
  2. Stian Nesoy 49pts
  3. Denis Dowland 48pts
  4. Daniel Llamas 47pts
  5. Daniel Lois Otero 46pts
  6. Dominic Beaven 45pts
  7. Alan Warriner 44pts
  8. David Hendry 43pts
  9. Keith Trueman 42pts
  10. Grant Hyatt 41pts
  11. Chris Gebauer 40pts
  12. Abhijit Chatterjee 39pts
  13. Gavin Duncan 38pts
  14. Iain Turnbull 37pts
  15. June Morrissey 36pts
  16. Bertrand Chombart 35pts
  17. Valentyn Odnoviun 34pts
  18. David Ball 33pts
  19. Jacinta O’Shea 32pts
  20. Dominic Burdon 31pts
  21. George Digalakis 30pts
  22. Elena Kurlaviciute 29pts
  23. Penny Halsall 28pts
  24. Peter Henry 27pts
  25. Felix Belloin 26pts
  1. Fearghal Breathnach 25pts
  2. Anita Nicholson 24pts
  3. Dylan Nardini 23pts
  4. Stu Meech 22pts
  5. Martin Watt 21pts
  6. Wenpeng Lu 20pts
  7. David Turnbull 19pts
  8. Brian Martin 18pts
  9. Daniel Howarth 17pts
  10. Martin Rawle 16pts
  11. Dave Horton 15pts
  12. Mike Hughes 14pts
  13. David Rippin 13pts
  14. Matheus Barbosa Ribeiro 12pts
  15. Stuart Taylor 11pts
  16. Leigh Cousins 10pts
  17. Pablo Garcia Saldaña 9pts
  18. João Duarte 8pts
  19. Russ Barnes 7pts
  20. Gareth Williams 6pts
  21. Graeme Pegman 5pts
  22. Lida Gutiérrez 4pts
  23. Graeme Youngson 3pts
  24. Peter Fenech 2pts
  25. Brian Mcdonnell 1pt

The 2016 leaderboard

Penny Halsall is in first place with a very impressive 182 points, while 50 points behind her in second place is Dominic Beaven with 132 points. In third we find George Digalakis with 130 points. In fourth place is Bertrand Chombart, and in fifth is Adam Stephenson.

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