Summer Success - Jay Birmingham

Summer Success

I managed to do quite well in some competitions over the summer. I have taken part in quite a number competitions - partly because reading books such as Landscape Photographer of the Year and Wildlife Photographer of the Year used to inspire me. I used to sit and gaze at the remarkable pictures and could only dream of having one of my meagre pictures in one of the books. 

A few years later, after gaining more experience at taking photos, I'm now in a position where I hope I can inspire others. 

At the start of the Summer, I found out that my picture of Corfe Castle, that had previously appeared in Amateur Photographer magazine had won the Dramatic Landscapes competition in Outdoor Photography magazine. I received a rather nice backpack as a prize.

  • Ghostly Castle

After that, I was very excited to have a six page magazine article about myself  published in Practical Photography magazine - it was nice to share some of my motivations and inspirations as well as making me think about how I'd like to progress further. 

A short while later I found out that my mushroom shot had won the Small Worlds round in the Amateur Photographer of the Year competition, which was incredibly exciting - especially because I will also be receiving £1000 worth of Sigma lenses.

  • Mushroom Falls

A few days later, I also found out that I had won a competition on Viewbug. I've been on a few years and only won something once, so was thrilled to find out it was one of the main competitions with the prize being a Canon 5D Mark IV. Unfortunately, they can't ship to the UK, so they just transferred the money instead - which suits me fine.

Next, I found out that a photograph I took earlier in the year of Porthcawl during Storm Freya was one of 25 photographs shortlisted for Weather Photographer of the Year run by the Royal Meteorological Society. You can vote for these here.

  • A Big Splash

Finally, before the end of the Summer, I also received my copy of Bird Photographer of the Year, in which I have a photograph that was commended of a heron flying over the Norfolk Broads.

  • Peaceful Flight
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