The 2012 Amateur Photographer of the Year (APOY) event has now been announced, inviting photographers to hone their skills and pick up their cameras. For inspiration Mike Browne's Ultimate Beginners Course is just the ticket.
Organised by the Amateur Photographer magazine, along with Samsung
, the event is organised in ten stages, each with a different theme. The first of these is Water in the Landscape and entries are open from 4 to 24 February, with results delivered on 31 March.
Among the other themes are Classic Portraiture, Exploring the City, The Great Outdoors and Life in Monochrome.
Judges will be on the lookout for images that are imaginative, skilfully composed and technically excellent. While the competition is likely to be fierce, the prizes are generous. The top two winners will receive a Samsung camera, while the third-prize winner will take home a £250 Jessops voucher. Meanwhile, the top 30 highest scoring images will be published in the magazine and the website.
Only one image can be submitted by each entrant per round and the picture should be at least 2,700 pixels on its longest edge. If possible the file should be in sRGB format, but it must be a JPEG and the file name should be the entrants first and surname.
This event is strictly for amateurs, with a maximum annual income from photography of £5,000 imposed in the entry criteria. More information regarding the criteria for entry are available from www.amateurphotographer.co.uk
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