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Hi Everyone, thank you for all the entries to the Close to Nature competition.

It proved to be a very popular theme again and we received a lot of entries.

The winning shot was awarded to Zoltan Varga !

Zoltan Varga - photography competition winner

Runner-up pictures

One more picture from Zoltan in Richmond Park

And to see more please visit his gallery on Flicker and Instagram

Zoltan Varga photography

Katheryn Wise

Anz Rain

Sally Freeman – “Four spotted Chaser” taken Nene valley Northamptonshire

Chris Town

Mary Flynn – “Dung Beetle” photo was teken in Kenya, Africa

Victoria Reynolds

Michael Seizanis

Emma Waddell – “Sunrise over Lake Taupo”

The blues across the sky were magical and there are numerous steaming pools around the lake which just add to the atmosphere. It was just as magical in real life, so I’m delighted I was able to capture it.

Steve Marshall – “Sunset on the Rose Coast”, Brittany, for more pics please visit

Theodora Reeves – “Still Shores / Peaceful Places”, Holbox in Mexico

Congratulations to all who submitted their entries!

It is really important to go out and practice. Our photography courses can give you all the technical knowledge but by far the best way to improve – is to practice!

For inspiration and to assist your further learning, we highly recommend these books:

The Photographer’s Eye by Michael Freeman –
The Photographer Eye

Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson –


Roland Pokrywka

My transition from web design to photography started about 15 years ago, after my first trip to Central America. Disappointed with pictures in auto, I decided to take matters into my own hands and learn how to use the camera to its full potential in manual mode and improve my photography. Website: