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Amateur Photographer of the Year 2010 – Round One

aplogo2010.jpg (108 KB)Welcome to Amateur Photographer of the Year 2010 in association with Canon. Last year’s contest was one of our closest and best yet, and we have no doubt that this year’s competition will be just as thrilling. As you can see below, we have set out a list of all ten themes for the 2010 contest to help you better plan your APOY year.

In the first issue of each month we will publish a brief, such as this one, describing the criteria we are looking for in the current round. We have also listed the closing dates for each round and the dates when the results will be published. As per last year, we will only accept entries in the form of prints, slides or emailed digital files that conform to the specifications set out at the web link listed below. We look forward to seeing your entries and wish you all the best of luck.

The way our scoring works is simple. All your images will be carefully reviewed by our judges in terms of fulfilling the brief, creativity and technical excellence. eventually, our five judges will narrow down your hundreds of images to a final pool of 50 pictures. our judges then revisit the final 50 with fresh eyes and score them on a scale from 0 to 10. All scores are then added up and the top three totals win the top three prizes for that round.

The top 30 highest-scoring images will be printed in AP at the end of the month and their scores will be added to our running league table. The person at the end of the year with the highest tally of points will be crowned Amateur Photographer of the Year 2010 and win £5,000 worth of kit from canon. Every photographer whose image makes it into the final 50 will have his or her points added to the league table. Each month we will post the names and points totals of our top 50 finalists in the APOY section of our website.

Round one – Islands in the Stream

Just as Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton crossed genres when their country song Islands in the Stream became a pop sensation, so land and water seem unlikely partners, but in fact they work very well together. Often a still, reflective lake can be the perfect complement to a stunning mountain scene, or the rhythmic movements of the tide over a longer exposure are contrasted nicely by the defined edges of pebbles and rocks on the coast.

In this first round of APOY 2010 we want you to explore the relationship between water and land. How do they work together as visual elements? Perhaps you stumbled across a sweeping vista along the Pembrokeshire coast and the mist over the water enhances the feeling of solitude. Maybe you captured a heavy rain shower over some Suffolk farmland. Even the Thames leaves its mark on the urban landscape as it winds through London.

You don’t have to sail away to another world to get a stunning shot of these elements together. The great thing about it is that this beauty is everywhere – often right outside your door.

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Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Over £25,000 worth of prizes ELIGIBILITY: 18+ / Amateur Photographers / United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland or Channel Island resident. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Copyright of all entries remains with the photographer, but Amateur Photographer and Canon reserve the right to use entries, without payment, to promote the competition.By entering this competition you grant permission to AP and Canon to reproduce your photos for display at an exhibition, and on the AP and Canon websites, should they be selected.

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