Travel Photographer of the Year Finalist 2020

I received some exciting news yesterday morning that I have again been selected as a finalist with five photographs across two seperate categories in the 2020 Travel Photographer of the Year competition. This was actually quite a surprise to me as I have no recollection of actually entering this year. I took a hiatus from the competition last year as I was focusing all my efforts on local print competition only. This year I had thought to do the same as last and keep my focus solely on local printing, but as It happens must have entered at some point (no old age comments!). As final judging has not yet taken place I am unable to share the photographs at this point, but will do so once judging is complete.

This is the first year in many I believe that the final round of judging for TPOTY will not be via prints; but instead will be of digital images. I assume this is as a result of the continual COVID mess across Europe (thankfully Australia is now COVID free as of late November 2020).

Travel Photographer of the Year competition has been one of the few photographic competitions remaining today that still judge the ‘print’ (in the finals) rather than a compressed jpeg. I wrote quite some years ago now of my disillusionment with so many of the photography competitions that make their judgements solely on a jpeg file. The craft of producing a beautiful fine art print is one of the most enjoyable aspects of photography for me and is how I prefer to have my work viewed. Hopefully 2021 will see a return to print judging.

Fine Art Greeting Cards Now Available to Order Online

By request, Fine Art Greeting Cards are now available through my online Melrakki Store. Greeting cards come as a set of four different Artist Cards complete with envelopes and are printed on archival MUSEO acid-free cotton-rag paper. Cards measure 5 1/2″ x 7 3/8″ in size, 220 GSM paper weight and are pre-scored and folded. The cards are blank inside to allow for custom hand written messages and are supplied with matching high quality envelopes. Photographs are printed onto the cards with the highest quality ink-jet printing to the same exacting standard as my Fine Art Limited Edition Prints – they are identical. The back of each card includes information about the photograph.

Cards are ideal for Birthdays, Christmas, Anniversary, Get Well or any other special occasion when you want to send only the best. Cards can be ordered online in sets of 4, 8, 12, 16 and a 20 and you can choose from Penguins, Wolves, Pallas Cat, Polar Bear, Arctic Fox, Snowy Owls, Namibia Desert or Icebergs. You can check out the full range and place your order online HERE. A few sample images included below from some of the card options.

Displaying and Sharing your Prints with Moab Flint Portfolio

Recently Moab and Legion paper released a brand new portfolio display system called Flint. In essence, Flint is a modern portfolio system that easily converts your loose print images into a slick and elegant presentation for portfolios, editions, wedding albums, design books, and even digital scrap-booking. My video review of the Flint system is now online.

 

Soft Proofing in Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud 2020

A few days ago I published a video for Moab and Legion Paper on how I soft proof, size and sharpen my photographs for final print. Soft proofing is one of the least understood aspects of fine art printing but is actually extremely easy to master once you know and understand the steps. In this short video I go step by step on the process I use in Adobe Photoshop to adjust my photographs so that I know exactly the result I am going to achieve before I actually commit ink to paper and make a print.

Fine Art Arctic Fox Prints on Display in Iceland at the Arctic Fox Centre

I am very excited to announce that the national Arctic Fox Centre in Sudadvik, Iceland is now displaying a selection of my prints of the Arctic Fox taken over the last five years in the Hornstrandir Nature reserve. Copies of my open edition book ‘Melrakki’ are also available from the centre. The Arctic Fox Centre is a non-profit research and exhibition centre, focusing on the arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) – the only native terrestrial mammal in Iceland.

The Arctic Fox Centre was established on September 15th 2007 in Sudavik Westfjords. Founders were 42, mostly local people, tourist operators and municipalities in the Westfjords. All of which share their interest in the arctic foxes and believe in carefully managing ecotourism in Iceland. The idea of the Arctic Fox Centre comes from prof. Pall Hersteinsson, University of Iceland and he serves as a quality witness for the centre. The long term aim is to collect all available knowledge and material relevant to the arctic fox past and present.

Iceberg in Antarctica