My Selection from the Competition Entries for ‘Best of British’

It was good to see such a selection of varies entries for the competition. I selected my choice with great difficulty this time.

Here are my entries in the highly commended section.

Now for my Favourite Images. In third place Damian Garcia with his entry of the Red Arrows.

In second Place Nicky Geldart with her Red Squirrel

And in first place with a great shot of a Morris Dancer Elaine Henshaw. Well done Elaine.

Thanks to everyone who entered and voted.

May Competition Results – Peoples Vote

We have had all the votes in for your favourite images. The results were spread across a large number of the entries but there were 4 entries that received the most votes by a long way. Here are the results for the peoples vote.

In 4th Place – Brian Allen

in 3rd Place – Amanda Booth

In second Place – Liz Reading

And in 1st place Liz Reading Again – Well done Liz.

Tomorrow I will be announcing my favourites so check back.

Photomatix Software free

I came across this today – HDRsoft are temporarily giving away lifetime licences of Photomatix Essentials. Heres what they say on their website:

“We would like to play our small part in supporting the photography community in these challenging times.

We’ve gathered here a few resources to learn about HDR photography, and get you started with taking HDR photos.

We are also temporarily giving away lifetime licenses of our Photomatix Essentials software so that you can start creating your own HDR images.

HDR photography opens up a whole new world of photography possibilities, whether you’re an amateur, enthusiast or professional.”

Check out this link: for your free download.

“Best of British” Competition Entries

A big thank you to all of you who have submitted entries for this months competition. The submissions are in no particular order and I have chosen my top 3 which will be announced when we have had the votes in from the public vote.

To vote for your favourites send me an email to with your 1st, 2nd and third for the public vote. Make a note of your favourites – each thumbnail has a number. Make sure you click on the images below to see them full frame as some of the thumbnails below are cropped. Closing Date for votes 24th May.

‘Best Of British’ Photography Competition

I will be running a new competition this month. The theme is “Best of British” which is pretty broad but gives scope for some nice variety from landscapes or wildlife to people or anything else you think fits the theme. Prizes of £25 off a future course will be given to the public vote winner and my choice. Anyone can enter up to 5 entries. 

Send your entries to my email

Closing Date for Entries 15th May 2020
Competition Rules
Maximum 5 entries per person.
Judges decision is final.
There will be 2 prizes.
Entires will be posted on the travelwithfotocourses blog at a maximum resolution of 800 pixels wide. The pictures will not be used for any other purpose without your express permission.

Virtual Photography Courses

Check out our new virtual training sessions using Zoom.

As you can imagine since coming back from the USA in March the business has been very quiet. Things seem to be moving slowly towards a return to normal but training courses still seem some way off. I have therefore been looking at ways I can undertake courses remotely and I will be running 1-2-1 sessions online using Zoom from £15 per session. The sessions can cover anything from camera settings to Photo critique to photoshop / lightroom techniques – You decide.  Please check out the link below to go to the website page for more information.

PhotoBooks – Saal-Digital

I have been asked by Saal to order one of their books and do a review on the quality. Here are my thoughts:

When you go onto the website there are a number of different options you can consider from photobooks to calendars. In order to complete a book you need to download their free software which give the templates and design function for the book. I was asked to complete a Professional Line book on this occasion but I have completed many other books with them -my preferred size is the A4 landscape with the extra thick pages.


The software is well designed and allows you to have a great deal of control over the design process. You can use the templates or create your own pages and choose hundreds of background colours and patterns. Once you have designed your book you upload it and around a week later the book hits your doormat.


The quality of the books is very impressive and you can choose different cover options and thickness and quality of finish. Back in the day when we used a company called Graphistudio for our wedding albums they were considered the best in quality. Saal Digital comes very close at a fraction of the cost. I particularly like the lay flat pages which allow images to go across the fold.

I would have no hesitation in recommending them for your photobooks. I have been using them for a few years now and have always been impressed.

Here is their website

My Selection from the Competition Entries

My Favourite by Damian Garcia

I chose this selection before the public vote took place. I was very impressed with the following entries which all get Highly Commended.

Now to my personal favourites – In third Place Mary-Ann Blackmore

In Second Place – Ian Pinion

But in first place this stunning Image by Damian Garcia (This came 4th in the vote)

Thanks to everyone who entered. I will think about another competition in May with a theme.

Competition Results – Peoples Vote

We have had all the votes in for your favourite images. The results were spread across a large number of the entries and there were 3 votes separating the top three so it was as close as it could get. Here are the results for the peoples vote.

In third place Damian Garcia

In Second Place Steve Purdy

In first place with 2 images getting exactly the same number of votes Ian Pinion. Both Excellent images and worthy winner of our first photography competition and the fabulous prize of a £25 voucher.

Tomorrow I will be announcing my favourite images so check back.