It’s always heartwarming to see my street photography workshop students do well in competitions and I was excited to see that, in the current edition of ‘Amateur Photographer’ magazine (out tomorrow!), two of our keen snappers are featured and are winners in the street section of the ‘Amateur Photographer of the Year’ competition: Alison Swinburne and Wendy Davies. I asked them about their achievements . . .

Alison Swinburne (2nd place in competition):


BD: When and where was the shot taken?
AS: Florence, Italy, October last year
 
BD: What camera / lens / settings did you use?
AS: Fuji x100f  800iso, f4 (I’d just come out from inside… I so wish I’d stopped down a bit before this shot!) shutter speed set to auto

BD: How did it feel when you opened the magazine and saw your image?
AS: Excited, more motivated and reenergised.

BD: What are your next street photography plans?
AS: Start pounding those streets again! I’ve been very lost recently with street photography and hidden away for a while – spent some time photographing puffins and beaches (which I highly recommend to anyone suffering ‘writers block’!!). However, there is something about the ‘street’ genre that keeps drawing me back. I was so grateful for the critique and feedback I received from the ‘streetsnappers’ which gave me the confidence to submit this photo to a few competitions. Looking forward to getting back out there.


 
Wendy Davies (4th place in competition):


BD: When and where was the shot taken?
WD:  My shot was taken in Trafalgar Square at around 4pm in early May 2019. 
 
BD: Was it based on a quick reaction or did you spend time thinking about it and composing carefully?
WD: I’d set out that morning with a couple of things I wanted to try and long exposures was one of them. I’d spent time playing about with my settings, keeping a small aperture and low ISO to enable a long shutter speed. I saw the guy dressed as a rabbit standing perfectly still and quickly ran in front of him to take the shot. It was the only shot I took of him because, moments later, he took off his head and sloped off. 
 
BD: What camera / lens / settings did you use?
WD: I shot this with a Canon 7D mark 2 and a vintage manual Pentax f2.8 28mm lens (giving a full frame equivalent of 45mm). The camera/lens settings were as follows: ISO 100, f22, 0.4s (with a polarising filter giving me a couple of extra stops to play with). 
 
BD: How did it feel when you opened the magazine and saw your image?
WD: I was absolutely delighted seeing my image in the magazine – I only entered the (6th round of the APOY) competition on a whim when a photographer friend suggested I enter the street round! I was also delighted to learn that Alison, whose brilliant nun shot got 2nd place, is a fellow StreetSnappers alumnus!
 
BD: What are your next street photography plans?
WD: Future plans? I’ve got a few small projects on the go so it depends how they go but I’d like to publish a zine at some stage. I’d also like to get a few of my Lisbon images printed and up on my walls. I’m going on a couple of StreetSnappers workshops over the next few months too, a night workshop in November and then Venice in February. I’m also visiting New York in December. so I’ve got a busy and enjoyable few months in store. 

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