The theme for the third round of the 2023/24 Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition is ‘Spring’. Spring is a fickle season with false starts proceeding chilly spells that remind us that winter isn’t quite over. But with snowdrops, daffodils and crocuses all putting in an appearance, spring is on our minds. This month we want to see photographs of whatever spring means to you, be that colourful flowers, sharp showers, leaping lambs or bobbing blossom – but the shots can be taken at any time.
This round of our monthly competition is open for submissions until 23:59 GMT (00:59 CET and 15:59 PST) on 31st March 2023.
To submit your entry follow the link to cjpoty or click on the CJPOTY button at the top of any of our website pages. You can submit up to three entries for £2.00 plus payment processing costs (£0.26). Images should be Jpegs at least 1920 pixels along their longest side but no larger than 2MB.
Spring (and the run up to it) is when some colour starts to emerge in gardens, parks and hedgerows, and its a welcome sight for most photographers. Flowers make great springtime subjects, but they can be tricky to capture as they bob about in the breeze. As well as making it hard to get the focus where you want it, gusts of wind means you need to use a fast shutter speed to freeze the flowers. Alternatively, why not use a longer exposure to get some deliberate blur, it can be especially effective if you step back to take a wider view of a landscape – but don’t forget your tripod.
There are also lots of birds around in the search for nest, and they can be easier to spot before the leaves emerge fully. Spring lambs and baby rabbits are also around and make attractive subjects.
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 March 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 2023 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 2024‘. The photographers who come second and third will receive vouchers worth £500 and £250 respectively.
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.
CJPOTY VIP Judges
At the end of the year, our illustrious panel of judges has the onerous task of selecting the first, second and third-placed images overall from the shortlist of 120. Our judges are:
Benedict Brain – Photographer, journalist & Sigma ambassador
Sophie Collins – Chief Marketing Office at MPB, Trustee of Royal Photographic Society
Donna Crous – Food photographer, author, Nikon Europe ambassador and Rotolight Master of Light
Ross Hoddinott – Landscape photographer, wildlife photographer, author, tutor, conservationist
Tracy Marshall-Grant – Arts Director, curator and producer
Denise Maxwell – Multi-genre photographer and lecturer
Carolyn Mendelsohn – Artist and portrait photographer
Paul Sanders – fine art photographer
Jemella Ukaegbu – Photographer & founder of UK Black Female Photographers (UKBFTOG)
Christina Vaughan – Founder of Cultura Creative, the home of inclusive stock photography
Follow the link to find out more about the CJPOTY judges.
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