This year I decided to enter the Amateur Photographer of the Year 2015 competition (APOY). The competition was staged over eight rounds between March and October with each round having a different set theme. The top 50 photographers in each round were awarded points with the overall winner for the year being the photographer accumulating the most points. I managed to enter all the rounds and finished in fifth place overall with a grand total of 153 points. Here are my entries and results from each round.
Round 1 - Night Life (Low Light Photography)
Things got off to a good start with this image of the Forth Bridge taking 15th place and scoring 36 points.
Round 2 - Going Abstract (Abstract Images)
This close up image of a waterfall at Cramond unfortunately didn't make the top 50 and therefore didn't score any points.
Round 3 - The Wider Perspective (Creative Wide Angle)
This was my best round placing 4th, scoring 47 points and taking me up to 3rd place overall.
Round 4 - In Focus (Shallow Depth of Field)
This image of Christmas decorations in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre didn't make the top 50 which dropped me down to 7th place overall.
Round 5 - Up Close (Macro, Insects/Flowers/Plants)
Macro photography isn't really my thing so it was a surprise 40th place, scoring 11 points, but I still dropped another spot down to 8th place overall.
Round 6 - On the Street (Street Photography)
Another subject I'm not that familiar with so another surprise 29th place and 22 points bringing me back up to 3rd overall.
Round 7 - Lie of the Land (Landscapes and Cityscapes)
I really needed to score high in this round if I was to have any chance of winning but unfortunately I didn't score at all and dropped back down to 7th place overall.
Round 8 - Shades of Grey (Black & White)
Managed to finish on a high placing 14th and scoring 37 points which meant I finished in 5th place with a total of 153 points.