The Photographic Angle Competition

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The photographic angle promotes education of the public in the art and science of photography by staging exhibitions and by working with professional, student and amateur photographers

Theme: Seeing Double

Closed on : 1st of May, 2015

Competition Closed

Flower by Leke Huie

Photography is a very complex process whereby we are able to use a camera to create a reflection of reality. Thanks to technology we can capture a scene and reproduce it in another medium whether that be digital or print. This is the inspiration for the current theme of 'Seeing Double' for which we would like to ask you to explore reflections and symmetry in photography. Reflections may be used in an artistic way and can include reflections in water, glass, mirrors or any highly polished surface for that matter. They add a layer of interest and depth to a photograph making it appear more visually interesting. Reflections can make an image appear to be more abstract or artistic and they can encourage the viewer to examine a scene more carefully in order to discern what is reality and what is reflected.

Of course reflection can also be interpreted a technical way and may explore the use of reflected light in photography or the use of multiple exposure as a way of layering different images to create a single new image.

Symmetry in composition can have a very powerful impact on the outcome of a photograph. Symmetry in architecture, for example, can strengthen the composition and create an eye catching point of interest. Symmetry in nature can be captured through the close up macro photography and can allow the intricate details of creation to be witnessed in all their magnificent glory.

However you choose to interpret this theme we're looking forward to seeing your entries.


One lucky winner will receive a hardback copy of Photography Today by Mark Durden.

Photography Today by Mark Durden Published by Phaidon

Photography Today by Mark Durden Published by Phaidon

This major survey of contemporary photography considers the work of 80-100 photographers through eleven thematic chapters on subjects such as street photography, portraiture, landscape photography and documentary. It traces the development of photography as an art form in each of these genres individually and also looks at the ties and links between them. What is revealed is a complex story with numerous tangents. Mark Durden's narrative, combined with rich illustrative content and an easily accessible design, guides a clear path through this story, showcasing the work of great individual photographers while also being able to place this into the larger narrative of the medium's development.

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Competition Judge:

Ann Dickson L.R.P.S.

Ann was lucky enough to travel to Australia in her early twenties, where she was hit by the harsh bright light, after being so used to the soft light of Northamptonshire. The modern architecture mixed with the bright colours of the New South Wales scenery, taught her so much about how light plays such an important part in photography.

A career of working with horses, then having a family, put photography on the back boiler for Ann. But by the time her last child went off to school, digital photography had become more affordable. She got her first digital camera in 2004, and promptly signed up for an evening classes so she could learn about the black art of photo-editing software.

However, photography was once again put to one side due to family circumstances. But after moving house, Ann was taken to a local camera club by a wonderful neighbour, who took her under her wing and really pushed her.

After joining the local camera club and gaining the confidence to show her work, Ann went to a photographic exhibition whilst holidaying in Norfolk. There she met Joy Hancock F.R.P.S., M.P.A.G.B who encouraged her to take her photography more seriously and join the Royal Photographic Society. Eighteen months later Ann gained her Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (L.R.P.S.)

Ann is often asked to photograph weddings, portraits, and working dogs. But she is most at home photographing horses and can often be seen giving a leg up to a rider on a horse with one hand, whilst having a Nikon D800 slung over her other shoulder. Ann never seems to have the time to do landscape photography, due to the presence of her children. She was once told that photography was “not a spectator sport.”

Ann is regularly involved with local camera clubs, teaching, judging, and small exhibitions and she successfully submitted her work to The Photographic Angle.

Ann knows that it takes guts to put an image up for judgment. Viewing images and not just looking at them, she tries to engage into the thought and emotional process of what inspired the photographer to press the button at that moment and produce the finished image.

Competition Judge - Ann Dickson L.R.P.S.

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