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Hi Everyone, it was the best month so far in terms of quality as well as the number of received entries.

It was really hard for us to decide on the winning picture of the “Golden Hours” competition.

Finally the winning shot was awarded to Shashi Doolub. Shashi used Canon EOS 80D with the 18-105mm lens (focal length: 24mm, exposure: 1/25sec, f/22, ISO 100).

Shashi’s picture titles “Sussex sunset glow” was taken on a summers evening in the picturesque South Downs National Park looking towards the Seven Sister Cliffs in East Sussex.

Shashi Doolub winner of July 2017 photo competition

Second place went to Steve Marshall.

“Donegal Church”, We were on our way to shoot this church close up when this shot appeared. Moments after I took this shot the clouds changed and it was gone.

Steve Marshall second place in photography competition

Runner-up pictures

Milly Salathiel – “Fishing at sunset in Florida”

The picture was taken on a private beach at sunset during a holiday in south west Florida, Bonita Springs. I noticed two men fishing and loved their silhouette in the composition. The colours of this sunset haven’t been manipulated in any way, this is just how beautifully colourful the sky was that night!

Milly Salathiel

Eddie Smith
Eddie Smith

Irene Bouwer
Irene Bouwer

Clair Butler – “Nature’s Classroom”, Nikon D700 and an 85mm lens.
Clair Butler

Marija Nonkovic

The picture was taken in the village of Godovik in the municipality of Pozega in south west Serbia. I was experimenting with rim lighting and I was overwhelmed by the warmth of the light that evening.

Marija Nonkovic

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

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