January 2021 – Abstract Photography Competition Winners

Thank you for all your excellent entries. We had a really good response to this month’s Tutor competition so it must have inspired you. This made it particularly hard to judge.

Abstract photography is a way of expressing ideas and emotions with elements in the frame without any goal of creating a recognisable object within that frame. By diversifying from the normal ideas of how a subject is photographed, one can reveal hidden details and intricacies that cannot usually be seen, creating an emotional response in the viewer.

We judged the competition with this in mind and were delighted with the quality on offer.



Congratulations Andrew on a fantastic abstract photograph. We love how this looks almost like a top down image of a field from a drone but is really a close-up of a leaf. Andrew has carefully positioned the veins of the leaf to create an interesting composition and the detail is pin-sharp. We also like how he has created an abstract without the use of lots of colour. This is no easy task and the unification of the colour in this image creates the emotions of serenity, stillness and calm. Creating emotion is a key requisite of abstract photography and for this reason as well as the technical proficiency, Andrew is our winner. 



We chose this striking image by Diana because we wanted to show how an abstract can be taken from a distance as well as close-up. We understand Diana doubled this image to strengthen the effect which is one of falling into the image but we almost feel that one shot of these stairs could have been enough. Regardless, it is an excellent photograph, well considered and edited. 


Abstract ukulele

Congratulations to Helen for taking this place with this super abstract. This goes to show that with some lights and a few objects at home, you can create real art without stepping outside your door. Consider how the colours of the light aid the composition, with the blue drawing the eye through the frame, the green and yellow framing the image and the pop of red creating interest. Great shot Helen!

Highly commended entries can be found here

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