We here at Whisky Magazine have been overwhelmed by the quality and the quantity of images that have been submitted for this year’s competition. We had nearly 300 images to look through.
The standard of the images has been remarkably high and what we have really appreciated is that they have been taken in such a diverse range of countries. This surely shows the ever-increasing popularity of whisky throughout the world.
It was extremely difficult to choose the final 12 let alone the top three, but we hope you agree that we have ended up with some stunning shots. Thank you to all our readers for embracing this competition, once again.
Congratulations to all 12 winners and in particular the top three. We are also delighted that this year we are able to fly the winner, Andrew Smith, to Dublin so that he can be presented with his winning framed print at Teeling Distillery. We are planning that the 12 winning shots will be displayed in Teeling’s visitor centre gallery.
Canada, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, USA, Rest of World
The drinking / the enjoying (bars, hotels, events), The process, The water, Other
- Call for entries: 5th December 2015
- Entry deadline: 30th April 2016
- Results announced: April 2016
- Focus. The image should be sharp unless blur is an intentional effect.
- Light. The use of light is key ta good photograph and the most important thing is that the light is appropriate to the image. There are many different types of ‘good’ light; stormy, early morning, dusk.
- Composition. When editing your images for entry, make sure you stand back from them and view them as a whole. Is there a hedgerow appearing from the back of a castle? Is the image on a slant? Should you move to the left or take a step to the right? Or hold the camera nearer the ground? There are many factors contributing to the overall composition of an image.
- Impact. This is very subjective. A great photograph will include a combination of the emotion the photographer was feeling at the time it was taken, the time of day, the subject, the light and much more. All this can lift a picture above the ordinary.
- Originality. The angle of the photograph or indeed the subject – whatever the end result the judges will be impressed by your originality of thought and execution.
- Photographs must be taken in digital format, and must be 300 dpi and should allow the image tbe reproduced at A4 size or above. Please ensure that your camera is on its highest-quality setting.
- Each photograph must include the following information;
- Name of location
- Time of day
- Make and model of camera used
- Category being entered