For the last few years I have entered images into the Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition (also known as APOTY) and never made it into the short lists, let alone place anywhere. I had been entering in the Nature category because that is where I feel I am strongest. There are a lot of very good nature photographers in New Zealand and I just wasn’t good enough to compete with them.
Still this year I tried again, entered a bunch of nature images and sat back to wait. Then I decided to enter one of my crystal ball images as well to see if it would do any better. I struggled to decide what category to enter it into and mindful of the feedback I had received from judges in the past, I steered away from Creative and entered it into Still Life.
My thinking was that in still life, the wine glasses would become part of the focus and not a distraction. I am so happy I made that decision! I am super excited to tell you all that I have won the Still Life Category of the 2019 Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition with my image titled “Light Refractions” (see above).
All the competition winners are revealed in this month’s D-Photo Magazine in the shops today 🙂