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February's laid back photo competition winner

The theme for February's photo competition was 'relax'. A lot of the entries, unsurprisingly, featured people with their feet up! And it happened to be two of those that we selected as our winner and our runner-up.

First to our winner, by Igor K:


He has won a 12" Fracture for his beautiful image that sums up taking the weight off your feet and letting the day flow away.

Our runner-up is Rob-Shanghai. I love this anonymously captured moment.


Well done! And thank you to everyone who entered. March's competition will open later today. We hope to see you and your entries over in the thread on Flickr.

Fabulously fun – our June photo competition winner

Tana Gandhi's Fun!

June's competition theme was fun. We were in search of photos that evoked a sense of playfulness and enjoyment. Lots of the entries featured children–given that they are the aficionados of fun, it was hardly surprising–and water was also a prominent theme. But when it came to selecting our winner one entry leapt out a mile and raised huge grins. For us, it was the perfect representation of fun.

Many congratulations to Tana Gandhi for her composition simply called Fun! You absolutely nailed it, Tana, with those wonderful colours, the balloons rising upwards, and its overall sense of positivity. You've won a 12 inch Fracture.

I'll be putting up the theme for July's competition within hours, so look out for that. Meanwhile, thank you all for entering!

Calloused feet and the Milky Way - our April competition winner's take on life

The Rickshaw Puller, by Sakshi Kumar

Do you remember the awesome shot of the rickshaw driver’s feet, which won our April photo competition? (If you don’t, there’s a pertinent reminder to your left.) I was thoroughly intrigued by the image, and where it came from, so I dropped an email to Sakshi, the competition winner, in the hope that she’d tell us a bit more about herself. Thankfully, she didn’t find me at all impertinent and gamely answered my roll of questions. Better yet, she said I could share.

Daniela: Where are you from, Sakshi?

Sakshi Kumar: I was born and bred in New Delhi, India. (And I’m 22, if anyone’s asking.)

DEB: When and how did you get involved in photography?

SK: My dad always loved to take my pictures. So even before I got into photography, I had the heart for it. My dad was my biggest inspiration though initially he didn’t support this decision of mine as he thought I was made for “bigger things.”

I took a degree in Journalism, which I followed with a postgrad in Photography. I also took an extra credit in photojournalism, which got me interested in opting for photography as a career option. Though I soon realized photojournalism is not my thing. I am too sensitive for that genre.

DEB: Photojournalism is definitely tough. So what sort of thing do you like to photograph?

SK: I mostly enjoyed landscapes, nature, wildlife, architecture, interiors and fashion. Astronomical photography is very intriguing and I’ve tried my hand at it, but not with much success up to now!

DEB: And the winning photograph? How did that come about?

SK: I was experimenting with portraiture. For me, portraits are more than pictures of pretty faces, they’re about someone’s character – a simple picture that could tell as much about a person’s life as her or his own words. So I went out on a shoot and started taking pictures of people’s feet in a more environmental setting. The winning picture was an outcome of it. The calloused feet belong to a rickshaw puller in a particularly poor part of Delhi. I think they express the hardships of his life.

DEB: Well, we definitely loved that picture! What’s your favourite photo that you’ve taken recently?

SK: Ah, this one! It’s a dog’s life!

It's a dog's life! (Sakshi Kumar)

DEB: And finally, if you could go anywhere and photography anything, where and what would it be?

SK: Ooh! That’s a hard one. I’d love to capture the Aurora Borealis, so maybe Alaska or Sweden for that. And Death Valley, just for the sheer beauty of its barrenness. Oh, and I’d love to get the Milky Way from Mount Teide. It’s mesmerising.

Many thanks so Sakshi for answering my questions. We hope that she’s enjoying her prize!

Don’t forget, the deadline for this month’s competition is tomorrow (Wednesday 27 July); the theme is red; Fracture are providing the awesome prize.

June photo competition winner!

Champagne copy

We picked water as our photo theme for June. It seemed somehow appropriate, what with large swathes of the UK being told that they were in drought conditions and then hours of play at Wimbledon being lost to rain delays. You did the theme proud, though, submitting some gorgeous photos for us to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ at whilst we tried to settle on a winner. We managed to pick one, though; it’s amazing what you can do with one pin, one girl, and one water balloon…

Dainty Rasengan, by Lindsay Stott

Many congratulations to Lindsay Stott for this perfectly captured moment. We were very impressed! Do get in touch so that you can claim your fabulous prize from the dudes at Fracture.

Thank you to everyone who entered. We really enjoyed selecting a winner this month and we’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with in July!

December photo competition winner!

Champagne copy

Christmas might’ve been and gone, and New Year possibly passed in a haze, but there is yet more celebrating to be done as we announce the winner of our December photo competition. Throughout December, we were looking for a portrait that made us go ‘Ooh!’ You rose to the challenge admirably, and as the entries began to roll in, we began to wonder how we would ever choose a winner.

I’m not sure that either of us has recovered yet from the exertion that was required in judging. There was a lot of uhm-ing, ahh-ing, and ooh-ing. We did, however, manage to select a winning photograph.

Untitled, by Patrick Lecuyer

Many congratulations! It was the eyes that did it for me. Please do get in touch with me Patrick so that I can arrange delivery of your prize.

Please do take a look at all the entries, which are here, and we look forward to lots of entries in January’s competition, which we’ll announce shortly.

October photo competition winner!

Champagne copy

Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening. Welcome to our announcements show for the results of the Small Aperture October photo competition, the theme for which was long exposure. If the sun is over the yard-arm where you are, please help yourself to some virtual champagne and canapes. If that’s slightly early for you, or you don’t drink, we have a selection of virtual teas, coffee, fruit juices and pastries for your delectation.

We received some great entries (you can see them all here), and Haje and I enjoyed the selection process. We are, therefore, delighted to unveil the winner:

'Swingspace 1' by Samuel Hall

Many congratulations to Samuel Hall for his photo ‘Swingspace 1′. If Samuel would like to get in touch with me via email, I can arrange for his awesome prize to be sent to him!

The November competition is coming up shortly. We’re looking forward to judging that one.