June Wex Gallery Photo Competition Winners!

A path one would not usually take, a new direction in life, or a road that is no longer distinguished as a useable road, there are many meanings to last month’s theme, ‘A road less travelled’. For me personally travelling along the deserted and deteriorating road of Route 66 springs to mind :) We received many interpretations of what it meant to you and below we've highlighted the winner and runners-up.

In first place: Keith J. Collie

First place - Sunset - Ambient - Keith J. Collie

Sunset over flooded road by lake / Username: Ambient / Equipment used: Sony A580 with Sony Zeiss 16-80 at about 30mm, Image stabilisation ON, Monopod used, 1/400 @ f8 - ISO 200


The judges comments:

We felt Keith's shot had it all - great composition, it's well exposed and above all it fits the theme perfectly! Congrats Keith.

A few words from Keith:

The story behind this shot is that I went to the slob lands one evening in November specifically to shoot (photographically) a flight of Brent Geese which passes a few minutes after sunset. As I was waiting, the low sun lit up the sedges in a way which is not evident in the low res image I sent you. It lasted only about a minute but I had time to adjust and frame the photo. I went down again the next night but the whole area was flooded, a totally different scene and the geese changed their flight path! See image below.

Thanks for sharing Keith

Thanks for sharing Keith


In second place: Paul Lambeth

Second - A few hardy people - lambo - Paul Lambeth

A few of the hardy people venturing out during this winter's snows in Hertfordshire / Username: lambo / Equipment used: Canon 7D 70-300mm lens


The judges comments:

We loved the interesting composition and contrast of people against the bright parallel snow pattern, almost like silhouettes - good spot and capture!

In third place: Alistair Petrie

Third - Ben Nevis - ATPetrie - Alistair Petrie

NOT the tourist path up Ben Nevis / Username: ATPetrie / Equipment used: Panasonic Lumix TZ7 Digital Compact Camera


The judges comments:

The lone walker says it all! - 'Eeek am I really about to climb this thing?!'. We liked the way the clever composition slowly drew our eyes along the rocky pathway to the bigger picture.

Alistair told us the story behind the photo:

Taken when climbing Ben Nevis on the invitation of my niece and her partner.  They don’t like to take easy routes so suggested climbing Carn Mor Dearg first then taking the ridge to Ben Nevis rather than taking the busy tourist path.  It was cloudy and damp as we started off and saw nothing from the summit of Carn Mor Dearg but the cloud gradually lifted and we were rewarded with clear skies when we reached the top of Ben Nevis.  I spotted the walker in front of us and managed to capture him in the perfect position as he headed off along the ridge towards Ben Nevis.

A few more of our favourite entries

willrolls - Figures on the Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

Figures on the Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia / Username: willrolls / Equipment Used: Nikon, 24-200mm lens


Bex123 - Footprints in the sand

Footprints in the sand / Username: Bex123 / Equipment used: Nikon D90, 18-105mm VR nikon lens


Claret John - Skeleton Coast road

Skeleton Coast road / Username: Claret John / Equipment Used: Canon 350D, Sigma 17-70, 1/250,F10, ISO100,Hand Held


EnglishPhotographer - Sahara

Sahara / Username: EnglishPhotographer / Equipment Used: Nikon D2Xs, 17-55mm


brill - Deserted Road

Deserted Road / Username: brill / Equipment Used: Canon EOS 1N, 28mm lens hand-held


Cass - The lone paddler, Summer Isles, Wester Ross, Scotland

The lone paddler, Summer Isles, Wester Ross, Scotland / Username: Cass / Equipment Used: Panasonic Lumix FZ38, Leica, hand held, no filter


Craig Turner

Flying over the forests of Crater Montain, Papua New Guinea / Username: Craig Turner / Equipment Used: Canon 5D, 24-105mm


Sailesh - Road to sand dunes

Road to sanddunes / Username: Sailesh / Equipment Used: Rollie 120


Thank you to everyone who entered June's Competition! The July competition is open for entries, with the theme Transportation. The closing date is at 5pm on Tuesday 31st July 2012. This month's prizes are...

First: £100 Wex Photographic voucher
Second: £50 Wex Photographic voucher
Third: £25 Wex Photographic voucher