Nature Photography is such a broad term that encompasses a number of photography styles such as landscapes, macro and animal photography, so a huge scope for all the entries!
Our criteria for judging the entries were photos that had a well-chosen subject and carefully considered camera settings that enhanced the shot. For example we were looking for fast shutter speeds to capture quick moving critters in sharp focus, or a wide aperture for macro shots.
This was our biggest photography challenge to date, so an incredibly tough gig to judge all of the photos that were entered from cities all across Australia. Which was your favourite?
Judging is now only done for first and second place winners only. Any feedback on images can be sought in our Facebook groups during Critique Me Tuesday, both before and after the competitions, just be sure to tag the instructor in each group, who is identified each Tuesday night.
As we had such a large number of photos entered this fortnight, we have selected multiple from each city that had the most entries overall.
The finalists this fortnight are:
Andrew Williams, Adelaide
Karen Smith, Adelaide
Fiona Parks, Brisbane
Rebecca Hawkins, Brisbane
Bec Gibson, Hobart
Laura O'Grady, Melbourne
Jackie Donegan, Perth
Mark Wright, Perth
Nola Hawkins, Perth
David Naar, Sydney
John Baker, Sydney
The winner this fortnight is...David Naar from Sydney! Congratulations David, you have won a $100 JB Hifi voucher!
David's image immediately caught our eye for his 'outside the box' thinking with this composition of his subject. The photo is visually striking and an interesting take on the theme.
And in second place we have...Nola Hawkins from Perth, who has won a $50 JB Hifi voucher.
This is an incredibly clean and crisp capture, which is really aesthetically pleasing. We love Nola's use of a macro lens to really get in super close and capture what could easily be around us, but in a detail that we rarely stop and see.
A HUGE congratulations to all our finalists, and thanks to everyone who entered!
The theme for next fortnight is White Balance.
This is all about capturing the colours in the world around us in true to life form. Have you ever tried to photograph indoors with the lights on, only to find that the photos come out with a yellowy tinge? Or that when you photograph in the shade your photos have a blue tint? This next challenge is all about learning your Kelvin numbers - yes, this is a real thing! - and using your white balance settings.
There's no restrictions on subjects for this theme, but we'll be looking for entries that have been taken in tricky light situations; such as in the shade, in artificial light or using flash.
Entries opened on Friday the 1st June and will close on Thursday the 14th June at 23:59 AEST.