Giles McGarry

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IPA 2011 - Silver Medal

Published August 16th, 2011

Found out earlier today that one of my shots won a silver medal at the prestigious International Photography Awards 2011, for the category Architecture - Historic Non Pro.

I also received 5 Honourable Mentions in the following categories:

- Architecture - Bridges - Non Pro

- Architecture - Buildings - Non Pro

- Architecture - Cityscapes - Non Pro

- Fine Art - Abstract - Non Pro

- Fine Art - Landscape - Non Pro

Its the first time I've entered such a prestigious competitions, and as you can imaging I'm besides myself with excitement and generally over the moon.

Here's a link to all the winning entries

http://www.photoawards.com/en/Pages/Gallery/winner2011.php

And also to the honourable mentions:

http://www.photoawards.com/en/Pages/Gallery/hmention2011NON.php

Also a big shout out my other friends here on 500px who won medals this year - if you don't know their work go and check them out - they have some fantastic work

- Joel Tjintjelaar - 1st Architecture - Buildings

- Kevin Kw ...

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Differing Opinions

Published August 14th, 2011

Generally when I take a photo I sort of have an idea what I'd like it to look like ultimately when I convert it to black and white. I spend some time looking at whats there and what parts can be brought out or pushed back, this can depend upon conditions but more often than not my mood.

On my recent trip to the yorkshire coast I paid a couple of visits to Whitby. I'd known of the pier for a while and its wonderful curving boardwalk. I'd already visited the day before but it was packed with people so decided to get up before the crack of dawn - I was staying in Hull - to get there before hoards of people arrived. First of all - what a cracking drive it was over Fylingdales and the Yorkshire Wolds - for those into driving at that time in the morning the roads are just ace. So I arrived adrenalin pumping.

I quickly headed towards the shot I'd wanted to take, it was clear so I spent the next hour alone getting the shot I wanted. My mood was still one of excitement and exhilaration ...

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