March Google+ Photography Competition Winners

The March Google+ competition theme was ‘Way Up High’. We asked you to submit an image that best represented the theme. Here are the results!

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The March Google+ competition was based around the theme ‘Way Up High’, we received some great vistas, and creative shots to fit into the theme. We’re so used to seeing everything at eye level, so the ‘Way Up High’ theme pushed the creative ideas for varied viewpoints on everyday items.

Thank you to everyone who entered – here are our winners:

First place

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by Mel Sebastian

Congratulations to Mel for taking first place with this ‘Way Up High’ shot of Waterloo Station. We particularly love the compression of elements in the frame which gives the shot an almost two dimensional look.

Mel talks us through the winning image…

This was taken during a trip up the viewing platform of the Shard. An evening I will never forget, I saw London in a totally different light. The best time to go is just before the sun is setting. I had just missed that, nevertheless the view was absolutely breathtaking.

This was shot with my 70D at 1.6 sec; f/8; ISO 400 with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM at a focal length of 109 mm

You can see more photographs from Mel on his Flickr page.

Second place

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by Sven Roden

Second place goes to Sven Roden for this hilly photograph. The varying green tones throughout the shot, along side the diffused lighting brought on by the clouds makes this a really interesting piece.

Sven talks us through the image…

The Roaches, in the Peak District, is a spectacular rock formations rises steeply to 1,657 ft, and is very popular with hikers, rock climbers and, of course, photographers.  Walking along the ridge I loved watching the shadows of the clouds racing across the green fields below.  Luckily, I had my camera and tripod so I could get a stable image to work with.

This was shot with my Nikon D40x, 55-200mm Nikkor at 200mm.

You can see more photographs by Sven on his Flickr page.

Third place

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by Mike Morley

And third place goes to Mike Morley with this stunning mountainous shot. The tones throughout the image alongside the harsh edges of the mountains really makes this shot standout and makes the early start worth it.

Mike talks us through his shot…

Taken at the Aiguille du Midi cable car station at Chamonix in the French Alps during our summer holidays. With a weeks lift pass and unlimited travel around the valley, I would often take the first cable car up in the mornings at 06:30am with the climbers and hikers that were setting out for their days adventures and then be one of the only people left at the viewing station at the top of the mountain photographing the sunrise breaking across the peaks. By 9am the tranquility of the station was replaced by queues of tourists so it was time to be descending in the cable car with a memory card full of great photos and so be ready to enjoy breakfast and have a normal holiday day with the family.

You can see more of Mike’s photography on his website page.

Thank you to everyone who took part in our March theme!