“Deserted Places” Photo Contest Winners

Deserted Places Photo Contest Winners

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We are very pleased to announce the top ten winners of our Deserted Places Photographic Competition. As with previous contests, we received entries from all over the world and the quality this time around was of a particularly high standard. There were many breathtaking images of graveyards and haunted houses, plus photos with star trails and the Milky Way as the backdrop, in addition to some mesmerising interior and graffiti shots.  Devotees of drone photography were also very well represented. However when awarding first prize the judges kept in mind that photography is about expression and telling a story through a picture. The winning entry by Lyn Adams finally got the vote for its concept, delivery and originality – a thought provoking image which succeeds in playing on the emotions and raising story questions. With apologies to those just missing out, the judges’ final decision on the top ten is as follows:

Gold Award – Leah’s Lament by Lyn Adams

Lyn Adams Photographer

Silver Award – Tilted in Time by Janne Kahila

Janne Kahila Photographer

Bronze Award – Villa Romantica by Romain Thiery

Romain Thiery Photographer

 

Honourable mentions will be awarded to the remaining top ten winners, in alphabetical order (by surname) as follows:

Waterslide by Haim Blumenblat

Haim Blumenblat Photographer

Only the Stars Live Here by Sigfrido Corradi

Sigfrido Corradi Photographer

Estate Penitentiary by Manuel Goncalves

Manuel Goncalves Photographer

Beelitz Heilstatten by Rowan Ibbeken

Rowan Ibbeken Photographer

Pontiac Silverdrome by Christophe Martin

Christophe Martin Photographer

Tzuba Hotel  by Doron Talmi

Doron Talmi Photographer

Spooky  by Brandon Yoshizawa

Brandon Yoshizawa Photographer

 

 

 

 


Zoe Young – Guest Artist Saturday 19 August 2017

We are pleased to announce that Falmouth artist Zoe Young will be appearing as a guest artist at the Alverton Gallery from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 19th August 2017.

“Freeing Up our Prayers in Sacred Places of Penwith”

Captain Scott Granddaughter

Falmouth artist Zoe Young has an impressive artistic heritage including her grandmother, Kathleen Scott, society sculptor and colleague of Auguste Rodin. Kathleen’s sitters included George Bernard Shaw, Lawrence of Arabia and of course her husband, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, whose form she memorialized after losing him to polar snows.
“It was unusual for a woman at that time to run away to Paris to become an artist, but as an independent orphan, she had little time for social mores of the time” explains Zoe. “As an artist, I work with my ancestors’ love of adventure and of nature, and honouring a deeper past: the legacy and traditions of other ages, ways and places.” Her parents, Lord and Lady Kennet, worked tirelessly to save West Country neolithic sites like Stonehenge and Avebury from desecration, and her uncle was Sir Peter Scott, the painter and ‘patron saint of conservation’ (David Attenborough). Her sisters include the novelist Louisa Young and Emily Young, ‘Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor’ (Financial Times).


Trained in scientific and earth-based traditions, Zoe carries on a family passion for conservation, creativity and the wild. “It would appear that my preoccupations with art, ecology and taking the path less travelled is an inheritance from which I cannot escape, even here in the far far west” she ponders. Working with non-biodegradable ‘clouties’ cleared by the Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network from the branches of trees round West Penwith’s Madron Holy Well, Zoe’s work at the Alverton Gallery draws attention to the tradition that a wish could be released as the cloth, paper or wood it was written upon disintegrates into the web of life. To create a stronger visual impact than such old rags, many would-be pilgrims visiting ancestral sites now choose to tie brightly-coloured plastic, nylon and other modern materials instead. Perhaps they are unaware that their tokens soon turn into litter, damaging trees, wildlife and waterways, and any prayers they embody remain trapped for centuries because non-biodegradable items will NOT disintegrate?
Through participatory art work making creative use of a sackful of plastic ‘clouties’ cleared from Madron Well by CASPN volunteers, Zoe works to educate and empower participants to consider the powers of prayer, pollution and protection of our ancient sacred sites.
Captain Scott Granddaugther


The best photos can be right there on your doorstep

Many serious photographers will travel hundreds of miles for that perfect picture. However the best photos can often be found only a short walk or drive from home. Lucie Averill admits to being more fortunate than some in terms of her location, a factor no doubt borne in mind by the judges of the Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition when they awarded her  second prize in their recent “Month of May” contest for her  image “Celebration.” In addition Lucie was awarded an Honourable Mention for “Spring Cliffs.”

 

“I have lived in West Cornwall for 30 years,” says Lucie. “And much of my work is a direct response to the landscape around me. Over the years I have revisited a number of locations close to home that hold a particular resonance for me and I am fascinated by the way the changing seasons, weather and light continually redefine a familiar place. Often I am out early in the morning and after the sun has set. I find shooting before sunrise and after sunset results in longer exposures – smoothing the water or blurring the clouds in a more abstract and painterly way. Often the colours are more subtle and enable me to create a sense of place rather than purely a reality image.”

“We all try for those perfect sunrise and sunset shots,” comments Roger Driscoll, owner of the Alverton Gallery and joint host of the contest. “Lucie produces stunning images on an almost daily basis. Am I jealous? Yes!”

The Penzance to Scilly ferry forms the story behind Lucie’s Silver Award-winning entry. “My firework image shows the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Scillonian III,” she says. “It was taken after sunset and a 1.6 second shutter speed captured the colours of the sparks, the reflections on the boats in the foreground and the illuminated Scillonian III in the background. In my image of the thrift along the cliffs at Godrevy Lighthouse, a 20 second exposure enabled me to highlight the flowers and also slow down and smooth the water so it became more glass-like.”

Lucie Averill Photographer Cornwall

For further examples of Lucie’s work please check out her social media:

Instagram  lucie_averill

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lucieaverillphotography


It’s never too late to discover a love for photography

“My journey into photography started some four years ago,” says Sylvia Tuck, whose image ‘Bold and Bright’ was awarded third prize in the Alverton Penzance “Month of May” Photographic Competition.

Sylvia Tuck Photographer

“The house we had rented had a lovely garden with bird feeders aplenty. I had just inherited a Canon 350D SLR, which came with a standard 18-55 mm kit lens but also with a Canon 70-300mm telescopic. I took the equipment – and the camera handbook – with me but the biggest discovery I made on that trip was in finding a suitable chair. The health & safety fraternity may not have liked how I stood on this chair but the terrific viewpoint this position created allowed me to take shots through a small open window of the wide variety of birds visiting the feeders outside. And as the birds were not aware of my presence on the other side of the glass, I soon became hooked as to close-up shots I was able to take. All I had to work on was my technique and I soon discovered one of the joys of digital photography allowed me to delete the not-so-good shots without any penalty.

“I am very fortunate in that over the last four years I’ve been able to travel overseas a lot on holiday. And while these travels have introduced me to all sorts of different subject material, I have become fascinated in how the huge differences of light – and shadows – can affect the variance of landscapes; flowers; birds; seascapes and still objects.”

“Sylvia is something of a one-off,” comments Roger Driscoll, owner of the Alverton Gallery and joint host of the contest. “Her approach to digital technology is unorthodox, some might say quirky, but she always gets there in the end and the final results are a joy to behold.”

“I have since upgraded the equipment I use to a Canon 650D,” Sylvia explains. “I have also invested in new Canon lenses with the user-friendly Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens as my first choice. To cover both ends of the lens spectrum, I also have a Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM wide-angle plus a Canon 70-300mm IS USM.

“To enhance the quality of my digital photography, I soon became aware of the potential of post processing. But while many people utilise home computers working with all manner of different soft-ware applications, I simply use an Apple I-Pad with two basic apps.

“Although I came to photography late in life (I am now past three score years and ten!!) it’s fair to say this new interest has given me a new lease of life. I have discovered that every day has the potential to allow me to create what might be the best ever photograph I have ever taken.

Isn’t life/photography simply a joy?”

 


The Difference Between a Hiker with a Camera and a Serious Photographer

What’s the difference between a hiker with a camera and a serious photographer? Perhaps for the former there’s a greater element of chance whereas for the latter each visit to the great outdoors counts as a photographic expedition. Either way there can be no guarantee of success. Nigel Waters can’t be quite sure which category he falls into, but the judges of the Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition made up their minds when they awarded him first prize in their recent “Month of May” contest for his image “St Nectan’s Glen.”

Nigel Waters Photographer

 

“My full-time job is an Engineering Manager in the Automotive industry but my passion is nature and the great outdoors,” says Nigel. “I’ve always been into photography for as long as I can remember but I have only really started taking it seriously over the last couple of years.  I love the great outdoors and have spent many years hiking up and down mountains all over the county where most family and friends just thought I was bonkers when I tried to explain how magical and rewarding it can be.  I used to try and capture the moments on a camera phone to explain show people how amazing it can be but I found I needed more than what a phone could offer so I decided to start taking my DSLR and it evolved from there.  My influences are the likes of Bruce Percy, Elia Locardi and also Thomas Heaton who I think is a great inspiration for a new generation of landscape photographers via his Vlogs.  My own photography has evolved over time and although not always possible I love to be out in the harsh weather to capture the drama and that’s where my true passion is for both Landscapes and Seascapes.”

“St Nectan’s Glen is one of those iconic Cornish locations,” comments Roger Driscoll, owner of the Alverton Gallery and joint host of the contest. “I love the area around Boscastle and Rocky Valley. As for Nigel’s winning entry I’ve never seen a better image of St Nectan’s Glen, he captures the scene and atmosphere with such stunning clarity.”

Nigel also has a few tips when it comes to post-production. “Post editing I try and do as little as possible,” he says. “Because I like my images natural and to portray the moment as close as I can or the mood I am try to portray.  I do use Lee Filters to enable me to get a balanced image which I feel is key or in extreme cases I will Bracket exposures and blend them together in Photoshop.  My current camera is a Nikon D750 with various lenses but mostly paired with my trusty 16-35mm or 70-200mm when in the mountains.”

A framed and mounted print of St Nectan’s Glen will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during July 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning Month of May competition entries.

For further examples of Nigel’s work please check out his website and social media:

www.nigelwaters.photography

Instagram:- nigelwaters.photography

Facebook:- NigelWatersPhotography


“Moorhen Chick” by Alice Smith

Congratulations to Alice Smith whose image “Moorhen Chick” received an Honourable Mention in our recent “Month of May” Photographic Competition.  

Alice Smith Photographer

A framed and mounted print of “Moorhen Chick” will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during July 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries.


“Robin” by Amanda Wells

Congratulations to Amanda Wells whose image “Robin” received an Honourable Mention in our recent “Month of May” Photographic Competition.  

Amanda Wells Photography

A framed and mounted print of “Robin” will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during July 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries.


“Thrift” by Tim Knight

Congratulations to Tim Knight whose image “Thrift” received an Honourable Mention in our recent “Month of May” Photographic Competition.  

Tim Knight Photographer

A framed and mounted print of “Thrift” will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during July 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries.