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People’s Choice

by Tom Goss, LCE Portsmouth

Not a genre of photography, nor a category you can enter. The only way to win here is by getting votes for your images, no matter the category! Friends, family, and complete strangers can vote, but only once per category or image. Life is not a popularity contest, but this category is!

Birds

by Chris Skillern, LCE Gloucester

No doubt one of the most popular genres amongst nature lovers, whether you capture sparrows in your back garden or something a little more exotic. Capturing birds in their natural habitat, showcasing their beauty and diversity is hugely rewarding and helps promote conservation. Shutter speed is your best friend when it comes to photographing birds in flight or on the move, a long lens helps as well!

Wildlife

by Aaron, LCE Nottingham

Let’s face it, we’re a little spoilt now with beautiful imagery of nature’s splendour. With TV series like ‘Life on Earth’ and ‘Our Planet’ (in fact anything featuring David Attenborough), the bar has been seriously raised. Grab your camera, a long fast lens and embrace the challenge. Express your passion for nature and document wildlife in its natural habitat.

Travel

by Ben Bishop, LCE Chichester

Not everyone has the luxury of travel to far-flung locations, but great travel photography doesn’t necessarily need to be from distant destinations. We can all appreciate images which bring the world to us and expose the wonders of the world to the viewer, whether on the other side of the globe or just on our own doorstep. Document an area’s landscape, glorious buildings, people, cultures, customs, and history. Travel light and go explore!

Street

by Ben Bishop, LCE Chichester

A genre that records everyday life in a public place. The very publicness of the setting enables the photographer to take candid pictures of strangers, often without their knowledge. Isolate your subjects and capture moments which might otherwise go unnoticed. Discreet, lightweight camera gear and a good pair of shoes are your best friend here!

Portrait

by Richard Palmer, LCE

There are so many quotes about portrait photography and for good reason. Portraits aims to capture the identity, personality, the essence of the subject.

‘The difference between a portrait and a snapshot is that in the portrait, the person has agreed to be photographed.’
– Henri Cartier-Bresson
’Photography is about capturing souls, not smiles.’ – Dragan Tapshanov
Enough said.

Pets

by Simon Hargreaves, LCE Gloucester

Pet photography is currently the most popular form of photography there is. Capturing yours or someone else’s pet’s personality, character, habits, or other memorable moments is the aim. You can go for natural, candid shots or portraits, however unlike people, pet pets don’t pose …unless they’re show-offs! Capture the unique personality of your furry, feathered, or hooved friend and show us your beautiful pet pictures.

After Dark

by Ben Bishop, LCE Chichester

Night photography is synonymous with long-exposures. Images taken usually before sunrise or after sunset, showcasing the beauty and mystery of the night. Light trails, stary skies, cityscape, or supernatural-looking night time landscapes. A fast lens and tripod are essential, beware blown out highlights and you might want to consider shooting RAW so you can enhance your images in post-production.

Music

A style of photojournalism that documents music and performance. From classic images of the Beatles or Hendrix to capturing more recent live music performances, behind-the-scenes moments, and portraits of musicians – it’s a genre that has become increasingly accessible. Your mission: to convey the performers energy and personality, and to document unforgettable musical moments.

Macro

by Derek Hope, LCE Worcester

Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually (but not always) of very small subjects and living organisms like insects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size. Equally close-ups of non-organic subjects often revealing intricate details not visible to the naked eye, showcasing the beauty of the natural and man-made world. Obviously, having a macro lens is a major advantage here!

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