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Hi Everyone, we are excited to announce the winners of our 1st Photo Contest – “The Explosion of Colours in Nature“. We received over 130 submissions and the competition was judged by a panel of our tutors with a help from a guest judge professional nature photographer Tammy Marlar.

The winning shot of blooming alliums was taken by Robin McKie at Kew Gardens. Robin used Fujifilm X-E2 with 23mm f2 lens.

Second place went to Steve Marshall, who took a picture of a dahlia at his home in rural South-West France.

Please scroll down to see the winners and runner-ups.

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 nature lovers, we highly recommend Tammy’s article in Outdoor Photography magazine – “How to take stunning photographs of plants and flowers” – https://issuu.com/magaread3/docs/out-door_phot-ography_-_june_2017

and fantastic books from International Garden Photographer of the Yearhttp://amzn.to/2s7ghtk

Please remember there is still time to enter June competition – “Lovable Pets“. Entry closes on Friday 30th June 2017.

To find out more please visit: https://www.dslrphotographycourses.com/photography-news/lovable-pets-photography-competition-june-2017

Winning picture – Robin McKie

This amazing display of aliums was planted outside the Palm House at Kew Gardens last month. I had just bought an 23mm f2 lens for my Fujifilm X-e2 camera (the equivalent of a 35mm lens for a standard DSLR) and want to push it through its paces. Hence my visit to Kew. I took lots of close-ups of various flowers – rhododendrons, azaleas and others – but just as I was leaving saw this chance to catch Kews’ aliums in their profuse glory. It is one of the last set of shots I took that day.

Robin McKie - alliums

Second place – Steve Marshall

Steve Marshall - dahlia

Runner-up pictures

Naomi Maxwell
Naomi Maxwell

Sara Mohall
Sara Mohall

Marija Nonkovic
Marija Nonkovic

Fareth Jenkins
Fareth Jenkins

Anna Konczal
Anna Konczal