Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00

Summer in Europe

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They say a picture paints a thousand words, so we've set out to discover what photography might tell us about today's Europe and are pleased to be able to announce our first set of winners.

Given the high standard of images submitted to very first edition of E&M's new photo competition Europe Through a Lens, judging was no easy task. This month's theme "Summer in Europe" inspired a number of original images, ranging from sun-drenched picnickers and abandoned sandcastles to more adventurous scenes of exploration and discovery.

After much deliberation, the judges decided to award first place to Tobias Melzer for A lovely day for the beach, praising the incongruity and peculiar innocence of the photo. They were struck by contrast between the drab grey sky and gaudy beach gear and by the fact that it was not a typical image of a glorious summer's day. Tobias, who is from Germany and has been interested in photography since he was a child, captured the image near Whitley Bay in the north-east of England while on holiday last August.

Second place went to perhaps the most bizarre photo in the competition, entitled I know a short-cut and featuring several cars apparently taking a dip in the sea. The judges noted its vintage feel and the remarkable beauty of the landscape in the background. William Clark, the 25 year-old photographer behind the image, spotted the photo opportunity in June 2013 on the shores of Italy's Lake Garda.

Mher Hakobyan, an Armenian living in Germany, claimed third place with Sachsenbrücke, a snapshot taken earlier this summer while he was walking home through Clara Zetkin Park in Leipzig. The photo particularly impressed the judges due to the symmetry of its composition and its fun depiction of the easy life, with one remarking "It makes me want to be there!"

Many congratulations to all three winners and a big thank you everyone who took part.  Don't worry if you missed the deadline for this month's competition, though; Europe Through a Lens will be back with a new theme for September in no time at all.


A lovely day for the beach
 First place: A lovely day for the beach (Tobias Melzer)



I know a short cut
 Second place: I know a shortcut (William Clark)



 Third place: Sachsenbrücke (Mher Hakobyan)


Last modified on Friday, 01 May 2015 18:21

If the Editorial team had an actual office it would have to stretch from the corner of Britain to the edges of Spain, Sweden, Germany and beyond. (With frequent trips to America too) .  The term 'from the editorial office' then, is very much a figure of speech. 

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