A couple of days ago I received the exciting news that one of my photographs that made the finals in the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year competition was subsequently Highly Commended in the final round of judging. The photograph is actually a self portrait taken in Svalbard in Winter a few years ago. I used the light from my snowmobile to back light the scene and throw up warm light into the blowing snow.
Travel Photographer of the Year remains one of the few remaining competitions I will enter these days as it actually judges the print in the final round of judging (rather than a compressed jpeg – which is not even a finished product in my book). I have now totally abandoned all competitions that do not judge the printed photograph – including the big names such as BBC, National History Museum and Australian Geographic. Although I enjoy looking at the entrants images in these competitions I personally no longer wish to partake in competitions that are basing their decisions solely on digital files. I will of course continue to enter both the VPPY’s (Victorian Professional Photography Awards) and the APPA’s (Australian Professional Photography Awards) here in Australia since both are print competitions near and dear to my heart.