Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Tuesday, 20 March 2018


Sue and I recently got around, rather hurriedly at the last minute, to entering the Austrian Alpine Club’s 2017 annual photography competition.

There are several categories:

  • General, divided into Best Mountain Landscape/Wild Country, and Best Portrait/People
  • Nature
  • Typical Austria

The entries were judged by previous winner Malcolm Imhoff FRPS who is not only one of the regular entrants to this competition but also a highly respected photographer with many national and international photographic awards.

He judged my photo taken with my Samsung S5 phone to be the Best Mountain Landscape/Wild Country image, commenting as follows:

‘A beautiful scene, well captured - a calendar shot!. The exposure is well handled and the colours nicely saturated. The image is nicely composed, with a lead in from the bottom left to the lakes, then across the mountain peaks, which are taller at the sides helping the frame the picture. There is a lovely blue sky with cumulus clouds.’

I think the S5 has to take some of the credit….


I don’t think Sue rated her ‘Edelweiss’ picture as her most likely chance of success, but Malcolm awarded her a Highly Commended Certificate in the Nature category, commenting as follows:

‘Well this jumps out at you. Edelweiss are small tatty things but these are enormous and quite beautiful, so well done to the photographer for getting in so close and capturing them. The flowers stand out well against the dark background but there are quite a few pointy blades of grass which distract and could easily be removed. It's called "gardening".’

This was a carefully composed shot using her Canon Powershot G15.


Sue’s other entries are shown below:

General: Cape Verde Angels


General: Shades of Blue


General: Washing day in Cape Verde


Nature: Feeding fritillary


Typical Austria: A cosy hearth


Typical Austria: Water power


Here are my other entries, for what they are worth…

General: Austrian Hiker


General: Morning View from Heinrich Schwaiger Haus


General: Resting below Bonn Matreier Hut


Nature: Cloud Over Kaprun


Nature: Wintergasse glacier melt


Typical Austria: Krefelder Hikers


Typical Austria: Lobbentorl



Anonymous said...

Very well done you two!H

Sir Hugh said...

Well done. All good photos. I should appoint you as expedition photographer on my next attempt for Explorer of the Year.

See your comment on my blog:

Phreerunner said...

Thanks Helen, and Conrad.
Sue actually takes better pictures than me Conrad, so I think she may compete for the honour of being your official expedition photographer. It'll be a tough assignment though, possibly requiring assistance from your sidekick Pete to arrange the 'set' (lighting, angry farmer, barbed wire barrier, wilderness backdrop - perhaps a giant print of my winning picture - etc etc).

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! They're all great photos. I can see why yours won, but I'm also very struck by Sue's photo of the gentians.

Phreerunner said...

Thanks Mark, we like the gentian photo as well (taken with Sue's Canon G15). There were lots of 'Winners' in the various categories, and it'll be interesting in due course to see some of the pictures that impressed Malcolm.
Meanwhile, my diary ToDo list indicates that it's time for me to learn how to use the Lumix DC-TZ90 that replaced my broken Canon G16 last summer!

Anonymous said...

Excellent photos! Austria is proud of you.

Looking forward to join you on another jaunt across my homeland mountains.


Phreerunner said...

Thanks Markus
We are hoping you will be able to join us for a few days of the Kalkalpen Traverse in July....
I'm working on the maps for your May trip.