I just wanted to alert you to another of the great competitions I occasionally hear about, this one from Lloyds TSB. They are currently looking for the British Weather Photographer Of The Year – so if you’ve got a great image that captures the blistering heat we’ve been experiencing in London in recent weeks, or even the wet spring that we had to put up with all those months ago then get your entry in. The competition closes on 30 September and shortlisted entries will be judged by a panel of meteorologists and professional photographers, with a grand prize of a cool £10,000, so you’ve really got nothing to lose! On the competition site, which you can find here, they are already showcasing current entries so even if you’re not successful at least you’ll have the opportunity to show off your best work to other photographers.
In an attempt to pick out a suitable entry from my work, I’ve been poring over all of the photographs I’ve taken this year, and I’m surprised at the number that show various aspects of the weather to dramatic effect. After confining the list to ones that I’ve taken in London I’ve finally settled on this – a photograph of the ‘green bridge’ in Mile End Park, taken in late spring, which shows a completely cloudless sky free of contrails due to the flight ban imposed by the ash cloud. This photograph was taken looking north across the bridge and it might be my imagination, but isn’t there a certain yellow tinge towards the horizon?
The very best of luck to you if you enter your own photograph – I’ll be uploading mine to the competition website later today. Personally, if I win, a good percentage of it will be going towards some new photographic equipment!