Landscape Photographer of the Year 2011
Receiving the phone call from Charlie to tell me that I had won the competition was probably the most memorable and surreal experience of my life, totally unbelievable. It was this first time I had entered the competition, although I had always considered it to be the most prestigious for a Landscape Photographer to win.
Initially I didn’t even have a website so I had to very quickly remedy that situation, and since then the surrounding publicity in the media and photographic magazines has been amazing. The website went live in November and by the end of March I’ve had 165,000 hits. I have been moved by the many compliments about my work that followed. Winning has certainly opened a lot of doors for me, such as being invited to judge in Austria and Turkey, as well as magazine competitions.
The prize money was very generous and will allow me to fulfil a lifetime ambition to visit Yellowstone on a photographic trip.
I don’t have any doubt that, for anyone considering turning professional, winning this prestigious competition would give their career a major boost. In my case, having been retired for some years and having reached the age of 67, I have decided to keep my photography on a largely amateur basis which I thoroughly enjoy, and long may it continue.
The win and the opening of the exhibition in the National Theatre in London have provided me with fantastic memories, and I rank winning the title as my proudest photographic achievement.