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Polly Fenton

2019 Overall Winner and Emotive Portraiture Category Winner

Marcel van Balken

2019 Creative Flair Category Winner

Allen Koppe

2019 Classic Landscape Category Winner

Christian Vizl

2019 Revealing Nature Category Winner

Alain Schroeder

2017 Incredible Sport Category Winner

Kent Olsson

2019 Exotic Travel Category Winner

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Is it a melancholy expression, perhaps something deeper? Or are we putting our Western eyes across a subject that is beautifully posed and lit? However people react, Polly Fenton's emotive portrait has won the 2019 Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year!

The winning photo was taken on a trip with Inger Vandyke of Wild Image Photo Tours in February 2019. "We were visiting the tribes of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia", explained Polly.

The portrait is of Nagudo, of the 'Suri' or Surmi tribe, and photographed in a remote village near Kibish. Explained Polly, "Nagudo used decorative scarification, piercing and copper adornments to emphasise her individualism and confidence within her society.

"During our stay of several days, I found the Suri exuded a beautiful inner personal warmth and mystic. This is what I was attempting to capture in this photograph. They were an absolute delight to engage with and it was a truly inspiring and humbling experience that I will never forget."

Polly used a Fujifilm X-T2 with an XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS lens. As she was shooting in a darkish hut, the settings were 1/80 second at f4, ISO 3200.

"In post-production, I darkened the background with the adjustment brush and also used this to enhance her eyes and soften her skin. Overall, I slightly increased exposure, contrast and whites with a touch of dehaze. Using the HSL sliders, I gently adjusted the green, blue and aqua to lift the colour of her shawl. I felt that nothing else was required."

And we think Polly was exactly right - nothing else was required!

Polly wins the overall first prize which is a cash purse of AUS $5000, plus a NiSi Filters 100mm Professional Kit Third Generation Kit. Thanks to Nisi!

In addition, Polly was the Emotive Portrait category winner and she and the other five category winners will receive a wonderful package of goodies, comprising a Datacolor SpyderX Pro, a Canson Infinity paper pack, a Momento Pro voucher to a value of $150, and a Wacom Intuos Pro Small.

The category winners were:

2019 Emotive Portrait Category Winner: Polly Fenton

2019 Incredible Sport Category Winner: Alain Schroeder (Alain won last year too!)

2019 Exotic Travel Category Winner: Kent Olsson

2019 Creative Flair Category Winner: Marcel van Balken

2019 Classic Landscape Category Winner: Allen Koppe

2019 Revealing Nature Category Winner: Christian Vizl

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors for supporting our competition. And thanks also to our esteemed judges Peter Eastway, David Oliver and Tony Hewitt, AIPP Grand Masters of Photography.

Entrants can now log into their accounts on the www.betterphotographyphotocomp.com website to see their results. Remember, a Bronze Award is given where the judges can see some elements of photographic skill and imagination and want to acknowledge what the entrant has submitted. 

Silvers are harder to attain and Gold awards harder still. Silvers and golds really have to be earned, so congratulations to these winners.

Each entry also received a short judge comment which will hopefully be of use to entrants for the future. So, if you entered, you can log back into your account at the www.betterphotographyphotocomp.com website to see your scores and read your comments.

A portfolio of the top 20 winners in each category is available - click the past year's menu item below and choose 2019.

About The Competition

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6 Categories

For the serious traveller, Traveller Magazine is a mine of information, keeping you up-to-date with the latest trends in travel and tourism.

While there's only one overall winner, we have six separate categories with a great collection of prizes for each category. Choose from Emotive Portraits, Classic Landscapes, Creative Flair, Exotic Travel, Incredible Sport and Revealing Nature.

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Expert Judges

For the serious traveller, Traveller Magazine is a mine of information, keeping you up-to-date with the latest trends in travel and tourism.

Better Photography Magazine is the only competition in the world where all the judges are AIPP Grand Masters of Photography. All three are also professional photographers and have judged around the world in both professional and enthusiast competitions.

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A Learning Experience

For the serious traveller, Traveller Magazine is a mine of information, keeping you up-to-date with the latest trends in travel and tourism.

Every entry receives a short comment about how their photograph has gone and how the judges think it could be improved. Many photographers enter just for the feedback as it is incredibly useful - how often do you get to show your work to a Grand Master of Photography and receive a comment?

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Gold, Silver or Bronze?

For the serious traveller, Traveller Magazine is a mine of information, keeping you up-to-date with the latest trends in travel and tourism.

Our competition is designed to encourage you. The majority of entries score Bronze or higher, indicating that the judges can see sparks of brilliance or potential in your entries. However, the real aim is to earn Silver because this means you truly have reached professional standards. And Gold? Only a few reach these heights because you really have impressed all three of the judges - and that's to be congratulated.

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$20 Entry & Every 5th Free!

For the serious traveller, Traveller Magazine is a mine of information, keeping you up-to-date with the latest trends in travel and tourism.

The competition costs just AUS $20 (around US $14) to enter and for every four entries you receive a fifth entry for free. So, enter four images for $80 and get a fifth entry on us. Enter another four entry and your tenth is free too! And remember, every entry is individually judged using our purpose-built system, plus you receive a score and a comment as well!

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Take A Look At These Amazing Prizes

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WACOM
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The ultimate post-production tool for the keen photographer. Especially useful for working with brushes! One for each category winner.

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MOMENTO PRO
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One voucher for each category winner - you'll love turning your portfolio of images into a real book or album!

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DATACOLOR
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Make sure your post-production is done with a correctly calibrated monitor - one for each category winner!

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CANSON INFINITY
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All category winners will receive a selection of Canson's amazing inkjet printing papers.

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NISI FILTERS
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In addition to the $5000 cash prize, the overall winner takes home a professional filter kit from Nisi.

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