The Photographic Angle regularly runs photographic competitions which are open and accessible to everyone, regardless of their location, ability, experience, equipment or age.

Each competition has a theme, chosen by our Head of Design, and we welcome submissions that illustrate this theme showcasing originality and a unique viewpoint. The competitions are free to enter and TPA enlists the help of an independent judge who is given the responsibility of selecting the winning entries. One photographer whose entry is deemed the best representation of the competition theme will be awarded a prize.

Throughout the year, our Head of Design will also choose a selection of the best entries submitted to various competition themes for inclusion in one of our future photographic exhibitions. The chosen images will then be printed by the charity and exhibited at no expense to the photographers. If your work is chosen for inclusion you will be contacted via email and asked to send us high resolution versions of your work.

Seascape Moods

The sea can speak to us, draw us in, heal, and if taken lightly, can harm. There is no denying this is a dynamic, uncontrollable and changeable force. It can shift forms, colours, shapes and moods, all depending on the weather, season, and time of day. When capturing these scenes, you are open to every single element making it challenging yet rewarding, when you finally capture that golden shot.

The oceans are vast, covering 140 million square miles, some 72 per cent of the earth’s surface. Not only are the oceans a prime source of nourishment for the wildlife who live in it, and for us humans, but from earliest recorded history it has served for trade and commerce, adventure and discovery.

It has kept people apart and pulled them together. It has been the reason why villages and towns have grown at the mouths of rivers.

It is also the place that people most often go to, to be able to relax and unwind. There is no feeling like the feeling of going to a beach and listening to the rhythmic lapping of the waves on the beach in Summer, or the sensation of watching huge rolling waves crashing onto the shifting sands in Winter.

The power of the sea. Something that should never be underestimated. For something that brings a feeling of peacefulness on a beach, it’s destructive powers can be witnessed when looking at the aftermath of a tsunami.

No other entity in nature responds to the waxing and waning of the moon, forming tides and providing cycles by which we worked out our calendar in the days before the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

On a different note altogether, in recent times, the sea has been widely talked about due to the amount of plastic waste discovered lurking beneath the surface.

In this competition, we are looking for your take on seascapes. Whether this is from below, above, or from your favourite look out. Perhaps you are a fisherman, or a surfer, and are capturing the sea while you and the water are truly as one. Maybe you have a favourite walk, an iconic view, or a spot where the sun sets daily. Or you could even present a documentary theme, showing the effect of plastic waste on the sea and those who call it their home.

Whatever your connection to the sea, and how you view it, we want to see this. We’re looking for all the faces of the ocean and how this is viewed by the people who share it.

Competition Closes for Entries on April 30th


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Competition Judge

Ann Dickson

Ann Dickson L.R.P.S.

I was lucky enough to travel to Australia in my early twenties, where was hit by the harsh bright light. After being so used to the soft light of Northamptonshire. The modern architecture mixed with the bright colours of the New South Wales scenery, taught me so much, about how light plays such an important part in our photography.

A career of working with horses, then having a family, put photography on the back boiler. But by the time last child went of to school, digital photography had become more affordable. My first digital camera was a Fujifilm S7000 in 2004, followed by an evening classes, so I could learn about the black art of Photoshop.

Photography was again put to one side due to family circumstances, until after moving house I was taken a local camera club by a wonderful neighbour. She took me under her wing and pushed me. Luckily we both love nature and the great outdoors, plus we where both grooms. This helps out, having an eye for detail in both photography and work.

After joining the local camera club and gaining the confidence to show my work, I went to a photographic exhibition whilst holidaying in Norfolk. There I was encouraged to take my photography more serious and join the R.P.S. by Joy Hancock F.R.P.S., M.P.A.G.B I owe her a huge thanks. So I joined the R.P.S. and gained my L.R.P.S. eighteen months later.

After being asked to do weddings, portraits, as well as pictures of working dogs. Never seem to have the time to do landscape photography, not with children hanging around. I was told that photography was “not a spectator sport.” I am most at home photographing horses. Can be seen often giving a leg up to a rider on a horse with one hand, whilst having a Nikon D800 slung over my other shoulder.

Being involved with local camera clubs, teaching, judging, small exhibition and having been successful in submitting to The Photographic Angle. I know it takes guts to put an image up for judgment. Viewing images and not just looking at them, I try and engage into the thought and emotional process, of what inspired the photographer to press the button at that moment and produce the finished image.