The Leamington Spa poppy field sprung up in June 2021. At the time I was just so happy that the field was near to home. I remember going to the field one barmy summer’s evening to take photographs. The light was beautiful and the field was so colourful with the poppies swaying in the gentle breeze. I stayed there late into the evening well after sunset taking many pictures. I wrote a blog about my time there. One of my pictures was of several poppies standing proud against the colourful sky. One picture from that evening at Leamington Spa became a slow burner. I had two requests from charitable organisations wishing to use the picture to advertise their remembrance day activities. In 2023, I decided to enter the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) award. Many of my poppy field photographs were appropriate for the Wildflower Landscapes category. I entered pictures from my visits to Worcestershire last year and with one entry to complete, I selected the Leamington Spa poppy field picture. I was surprised and pleased that this was the picture that was shortlisted. Then I was more pleased that the picture was highly commended in the final judging. This slow burner of a picture had done well and is now included in my slowly increasing portfolio of competition successes.
Well done to the winners and all the other entrants. This link opens up the Wildflower landscape awards section of the competition.
Reflections on my success.
I can remember taking this picture and the composition was different to my normal views of wildflowers. I had deliberately taken a low down viewpoint and used an onboard flash to pick out the flowers. Initially I was unsure of the picture and almost disowned the view. However, common sense prevailed and I posted the picture on my blog and social media accounts. I was taken aback that I had requests from different charitable organisations that wished to use the picture in promoting remembrance day events. When the time came to enter IGPOTY, I chose to add this picture to my portfolio. Even though the picture was taken two years ago, I thought it may catch the eye of the judges. The picture received a highly commendation award and I received many good wishes from friends about the picture. What can I say about providing advice about your photographic work. Never give up on your work. Most of my pictures are taken for personal enjoyment. I also enjoy the feedback from family and friends who enjoy seeing my pictures. Also remember that what you may think is not ideal may strongly resonate with other people. Finally think differently. By all means take the pictures that look like they are from a postcard but they do not necessarily win competitions. Something quirky or a scene that has not been photographed before will generate interest. Such pictures are more difficult to find but if you keep looking you will find them!
This is my original post from the poppy field in Leamington Spa. A special evening.