Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

November 10, 2014  •  1 Comment

I had an email on Saturday saying that my image, "Bowdown Berries", has won the Your View category of the Take a View, Landscape Photographer of the Year competition,  I also had another image from Murlough Dunes commended as well.

I have visited the exhibition every year and have taken great inspiration from the amazing images that are always on display.  I have entered the competition a few times over the years, but this is the first time i've had anything accepted for the Exhibition and Book.

To say I am chuffed is an understatement!

Bowdown BerriesBowdown BerriesA dank misty morning turned my local woods into a different and unfamiliar world. In the past I'd walked past this spot on numerous occasions and never gave it a second look. However, the relatively subdued colour palette of the lichens, mist and some dew laden spider webs together with the vibrant red berries attracted my attention this time.

I spent a few hours in this immediate area and made several images I was really
Murlough Dunes - IMurlough DunesWith the forecast for changeable conditions I headed to a new location for me - Murlough Dunes in Co. Down, a National Nature Reserve. These ancient, 6000 year old, dune systems are in the care of the National Trust and lie below the Mourne Mountains on the edge of Dundrum Bay.<br/><br/>The strong winds made keeping the tripod steady pretty difficult and crisp images were obviously off the menu. Instead I tried to convey a sense of movement and I was pretty pleased with how the Marram Grass in this image form a flowing circular ring, with the dunes leading to the brooding bulk of Slieve Donard.


Colin Bell(non-registered)
Congratulations Robert. These two images are standout, for me, in the book. I hadn't realised they were both from the same photographer until I searched for the Murlough Dunes photo online. If you are down at the opening I'll hopefully bump into you there. Congrats again.
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