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Hi Everyone! We are finally back after a Christmas break, and already in 2019!

Hope 2018 was a good year for everyone, and let’s make 2019 even better photographically 🙂

For our January competition, I suggested a theme “City Lights“.

A few days ago, I went to central London to photograph the displays of Christmas lights. Oxford Street, Bond Street, Carnaby Street… I left home just after 6pm with a thought that I will stay for max couple of hours, … well, I got back shortly after midnight… Wow, it was just amazing! And not only the Christmas lights, but generally all the city lights, the buildings, the shops, the pubs and restaurants, the reflections on the streets and pavements… it felt like another world after dark!

I highly recommend this to everyone, especially now, for technical and practical reasons.

It gets dark very early, like today, the sunset is at 4:10pm, so if you don’t want to wander on your own at night, you can start taking pictures as early as 5-6pm.

London lights - Carnaby Street

Taking pictures in the evening / at night, is more technically challenging, but can be more rewarding. You can get really nice effects by playing with long(-er) shutter speeds (trying creative techniques like ICM – just shake your camera a bit 🙂 , walking with your camera, zooming-in/out, spinning, or capturing cars light trails – tripod needed), or freezing motion and testing your camera capabilities in various ISO settings. It makes a great practice and is the fastest way to improve your photography skills!

As always, I created for you a Pinterest board, but you are the artist, get creative!

The winner will receive £50 in our course vouchers. Please submit maximum three of your best pictures. We’ll choose the winner and publish a selection of our favourite images.

We are looking forward to seeing your entries!!!

City Lights photography competition pinterest board

Remember that the winner will receive £50 in course vouchers. Please submit maximum three of your best pictures. We’ll choose the winner and publish a selection of our favourite images.

We are looking forward to seeing your entries!!!

It is easy to enter, and the competition is open to everyone. Entry closes on 31st January 2019.

Your pictures should be saved as jpg files and not bigger than 3MB. Remember to name your files e.g. katesmith1.jpg

Please email your best pictures (3 max) to [email protected]

We will notify the winners on 15th February 2019.

Terms and Conditions

  1. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and not in breach of any copyright.
  2. Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, you give permission to DSLR Photography Courses to feature your images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.
  3. Only 3 images per person are allowed.
  4. The images should be in JPEG format and not bigger than 3MB, with the resolution not smaller than 150dpi. Entries must be labelled with the entrant’s name.
  5. Images should be emailed to [email protected]
  6. The judges’ decision is final.
  7. The winner will be notified within seven days of the closing date of the competition via email and announced on DSLR Photography Courses website and social media.
  8. The prize vouchers will be valid for 12 months, and there are no cash alternatives. The voucher can be used for half a day courses and workshops to the value of the voucher, as well as a part payment for any other full day or specialised courses we offer of a higher value.
  9. Only three images per person will be accepted per month, and each image can be entered only once and not be used for the future competitions.
  10. DSLR Photography Courses reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of the competition rules.
  11. Any personal details of the competitors will be used only for the administering purposes and not published or provided to third parties. DSLR Photography Courses reserves the right to publish the winner’s name on their website and media sites and publications.
  12. Any late or corrupted files won’t be accepted.
  13. Promoter: DSLR Photography Courses, Wimbledon Art Studios, 10 Riverside Road, London SW17 0BB.
Roland Pokrywka

Professional photographer passionate about capturing the beauty of nature, landscapes, and travel —