The theme for the tenth round of the Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition is ‘Silhouettes’. These images can be shot at any time of the year but they can be particularly effective during autumn when the sunsets can be very dramatic – but if you don’t fancy going outside, it’s possible to shoot creative silhouettes indoors as well.
This round of our monthly competition is open for submissions until 23:59 GMT (00:59 CET and 15:59 PST) on 31st October 2022.
To submit your entry visit cjpoty.com. You can submit up to three entries for £2.00 plus payment processing costs (£0.26).
A key aspect of a silhouette image is that the subject has a distinctive outline that stands out clearly from the background. The sky makes a great choice of background and it can be a uniform white, cloudy or a colourful sunset, but you can also shoot silhouettes indoors.
Sunrise and sunset lend themselves particularly well to silhouette images because underexposing to make the subject black intensifies the colour in the sky. However, it’s important to find a striking subject and ensure that it is focus.
If you’re shooting a silhouette image indoors, you’re likely to find that you need to light the background of your image so that your subject stands out. You could even make the light source itself the background.
Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year prizes
At the end of the month, the Camera Jabber team will pick one winning image and nine runners up from the October entries. The photographer of the winning image will receive a voucher from MPB.com to the value of £500 which can be spent on anything from a huge range of kit from the World’s biggest platform for used photographic gear.
All 10 of the selected images will go into our shortlist for the year.
We’ll do this each month in 2022 so that by the end of the year, there will be 120 shortlisted images. These will then go before our fantastic panel of judges who will decide the 1st, 2nd and 3rd-placed images.
The photographer of the first-placed image overall, as decided by the panel of judges, will receive a voucher to the value of £1000 from MPB.com as well as a trophy and the title ‘Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year 2023‘. The photographers who come second and third will receive vouchers worth £500 and £250 respectively.
The judges are:
Ben Brain – Photographer, journalist & Sigma ambassador
Sophie Collins – Chief Marketing Office at MPB
Donna Crous – Food photographer, author, Nikon Europe ambassador and Rotolight Master of Light
Kate Hopewell-Smith – Wedding, portrait & boudoir photographer, Sony ambassador
Sanjay Jogia – Wedding photographer & Canon ambassador
Pete Reed OBE – Three times Olympic gold medal-winning rower and keen documentary photographer
Dominique Shaw – Photographer and co-founder of York Place Studios and Fujifilm ambassador
Craig Strong – Lensbaby founder
Christina Vaughan – Founder of Cultura Creative, the home of inclusive stock photography
Jeremy Walker – Landscape photographer, author & former Nikon ambassador
You don’t have to enter the competition every month, but you are welcome to do so and the more shortlisted images you have at the end of the year, the greater than chance of winning the top prize.
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