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Photographic Competition 2018

See the first, second and third place winners of each class in our Photographic Competition 2018.

(View all photographs in a gallery setting by selecting any image)

Class 1

An alpine plant in its natural habitat with both plant(s) and landscape featured.

First & Overall Competition Winner

Photographer: Harry Jans (Loenen, Netherlands)

Subject: Puya raimondii. Carretera Pastoruri Pass to Pastoruri at 4,245m, Peru

Date: April 2018

Camera: Nikon D7200 (DSLR) fitted with a Tamron 18-270mm zoom lens at 23mm (equivalent 34m): exposure 1/160sec at f18, ISO 250.

Second Place

Photographer: Harry Jans (Loenen, Netherlands)

Subject: Austrocylindropuntia floccosa. Abra Portachuelo at 4,495m, Peru

Date: April 2018

Camera: Nikon D7200 (DSLR) fitted with a Tamron 18-270mm zoom lens at 18mm (equivalent 27m): exposure 1/160sec at f13, ISO 400.

Third Place

Photographer: Bob Gibbons (Wimborne, Dorset, UK)

Subject: Cerastium latifolium. Dolomites at 2,700m, Italy.

Date: July 2015

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III (DSLR): fitted with a Canon 16-35mm lens at 16mm (full frame): exposure 1/50sec at f22, ISO 400.

Class 2

A portrait of an alpine plant in its natural habitat, featuring the entire plant as the main subject.

First

Photographer: Bob Gibbons (Wimborne, Dorset, UK)

Subject: Pulsatilla pratensis. Sandy coastal soil, Saaremaa, Estonia

Date: May 2017

Camera: Canon 5DS R (DSLR): fitted with a Canon 100mm macro-lens (full frame): exposure 1/200sec at f5, ISO 100.

Second

Photographer: Bill Raymond (Iwerne Minster, Blandford, Dorset, UK)

Subject: Arenaria ciliata. Pic du Midi d’Osseau, Pyrenees

Date: June 1999

Camera: Details not available: digital scan from a 35mm transparency.

Third

Photographer: Paddy Parmee (Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, UK)

Subject: Campanula topaliana. Peloponnese, Greece.

Date: April 2018

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III (DSLR): fitted with a Canon EF 100-400mm lens at 210mm (full frame): exposure 1/197sec at f16, ISO 640.

Class 3

A close-up or detail of an alpine plant in its natural habitat or in cultivation. (You could perhaps concentrate on a flower, foliage or seed head.)

First

Photographer: Arne Jakobsen (Tiller, Norway)

Subject: Dryas octopetala. Forollhogna Mountains, Norway

Date: June 2009

Camera: Nikon D200 (DSLR) fitted with a 60mm lens (equivalent 90mm): exposure 1/125sec at f22, ISO 160.

Second Place

Photographer: Bob Gibbons (Wimborne, Dorset, UK)

Subject: Trientalis europaea. Near Abisko, arctic Sweden

Date: June 2018

Camera: Canon 5DS R (DSLR): fitted with a Sigma 150mm macro-lens (full frame): exposure 1/1000sec at f6.3, ISO 400.

Third Place

Photographer: Paddy Parmee (Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, UK)

Subject: Meconopsis Fertile Blue Group ‘Lingholm’. Own garden in Hampshire

Date: Summer 2018

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III (DSLR): fitted with a Canon EF 100-400mm lens at 400mm (full frame): exposure 1/395sec at f5.6, ISO 100.

Class 4

An alpine plant in cultivation in a garden setting. (This can be your own garden or one you have visited.)

First

Photographer: Celia Sawyer (Long Compton, Warwickshire, UK)

Subject: Aubrieta mixed. Peel Cathedral, Isle of Man

Date: May 2018

Camera: Nikon Coolpix S9500 (Compact): 4.5-99mm lens at 4.5mm (equivalent 25mm): exposure 1/1250sec at f3.4, ISO 125.

Photographer: Ursula Junker

Subject: Callianthemum kernerianum. Own garden, plant in a trough, Olten, Switzerland

Date: April 2018

Camera: Panasonic DC-TZ91 (Compact) 4.3-129mm lens at 4.3mm (equivalent 24mm): exposure 1/800sec at f3.3, ISO 100.

Photographer: Paddy Parmee (Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, UK)

Subject: Crocus goulimyi. Own garden in Hampshire, UK

Date: Autumn 2018

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III (DSLR) fitted with a Canon EF 100-400mm lens at 400mm (full frame): exposure 1/332sec at f5.6, ISO 125.

Class 5

An alpine garden or part of a garden showing features used to grow alpine plants: troughs, raised beds, crevice gardens, pots, screes, alpine houses etc.

First

Photographer: Harry Jans (Loenen, Netherlands)

Subject: Large tufa rock with various alpines. Own garden in the Netherlands

Date: May 2018

Camera: Nikon D7200 (DSLR) fitted with a Tamron 18-270mm zoom lens at 20mm (equivalent 30mm): exposure 1/160sec at f14, ISO 200.

Second

Photographer: Paddy Parmee (Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, UK)

Subject: Tufa bed in own garden. Hampshire, UK

Date: Spring 2018

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III (DSLR) fitted with a Canon EF 100-400mm lens at 105mm (full frame): exposure 1/128sec at f5.6, ISO 500.

Third

Photographer: Janet Hails (Worcester, UK)

Subject: Harlow Carr Alpine House. RHS Gardens, Harlow Carr, Harrogate, UK

Date: February 2014

Camera: Pentax K-5 (DSLR) fitted with a Pentax 35mm macro-lens (equivalent 52mm): exposure 1/160sec at f4.5, ISO 200.

Class 6

Alpine fauna in the wild, either in the landscape or in association with plants. (Insects, birds and mammals have been popular subjects in past years.)

First

Photographer: Bob Gibbons (Wimborne, Dorset, UK)

Subject: Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) grazing in a flowery alpine meadow. Gran Paradiso, Italian Alps

Date: July 2018

Camera: Canon 5D Mark IV (DSLR) fitted with a Sigma 150mm macro-lens (full frame): exposure 1/100sec at f6.3, ISO 1000.

Second

Photograph: John Willis (Frederick, Maryland, USA)

Subject: Grasshopper on Celosia. Chanticleer Garden, Pennsylvania, USA

Date: October 2011

Camera: Canon Rebel T2i (EOS 550D) (DSLR) fitted with a 100mm macro-lens (equivalent 160mm): exposure 1/100sec at f11, ISO 1600.

Third

Photographer: Helga Marie Huber (Hofheim am Taunus, Germany)

Subject: Red milkweed locust (Phymateus morbillosus). Mokhotlong near Letseng Diamond Mine at approx. 2,600m, Lesotho

Date: January 2017

Camera: Olympus OM-D EM1 (Compact mirrorless) fitted with a 12-40mm zoom lens at 40mm (equivalent 80mm): exposure 1/800sec at f6.3, ISO 200.

Class 7

An alpine landscape not necessarily showing specific plants but concentrating on the scenic beauty and/or geology of the setting. (You could be inspired by unusual natural beauty, from the small and intimate to the grand panorama.)

First

Photographer: Ursula Junker (Olten, Switzerland)

Subject: View looking east with the mountains Hvalfell and Botnsúlur, Iceland

Date: March 2018

Camera: Nikon Coolpix A900 (Compact Bridge) with a 4.3-151mm lens at 8mm (equivalent 45mm): exposure 1/1250sec at f4, ISO 100.

Second

Photographer: Jane Jefferis (Great Milton, Oxford, UK)

Subject: ‘Sunrise’. From Nuvolau Rifugio, Dolomites, Italy

Date: July 2018

Camera: Canon Power Shot G7X Mark II (Compact) with an 8.8-36.8mm lens at 36.8mm (euqivalent 100mm): exposure 1/1002sec at f4, ISO 125.

Third

Photographer: Harry Jans (Loenen, Netherlands)

Subject: Layers-volcano, Chimborazo, Ecuador

Date: March 2018

Camera: Nikon D7200 (DSLR) fitted with a Tamron 18-270mm zoom lens at 55mm (equivalent 82mm): exposure 1/250sec at f16, ISO 250.

Class 8

A quirky, amusing or unusual image featuring alpine plants. Digital manipulation is allowed in this class. In fact anything goes – let your imagination run riot!

First

Photographer: John Willis (Frederick, Maryland, USA)

Subject: Shepherd House Meadow Garden. Set to HDR and handheld to get the effect of a Monet painting. Inveresk, Scotland

Date: June 2013

Camera: Canon G15 (Compact) with a 6.1-30.5mm lens at 6.1mm (equivalent 28mm): exposure f2.8, ISO 80.

Second

Photographer: Hilary Birks (Bjørndalstræ, Norway)

Subject: War and Peace – Iris hermonis. Golan Heights, Israel

Date: March 2018

Camera: Pentax K-5 II (DSLR) fitted with Pentax 18-55mm zoom lens at 30.6mm (equivalent 46mm): exposure 1/320sec at f5.6, ISO 100.

Third

Photogapher: Steve Lobley (Southampton, UK)

Subject: Poppy Wall – Meconopsis sp. Digital manipulation processed in Photoshop CS5 with an overlay of a cracked plaster wall. Original image taken at RHS Gardens, Harlow Carr, Harrogate, UK

Date: June 2013

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (DSLR) fitted with a 100mm macro-lens (equivalent 160mm): exposure 1/125sec at f5.6, ISO 200.