Long-range lighting challenge — results

Our July photography competition, the Long-Range Lighting Challenge, has now finished, and the results are in. Who won a LumoPro LP180?

Winning photo of July competition. Picture: Alexander Vavinov

Our July photography competition, the Long-Range Lighting Challenge, has now finished, and the results are in. You were asked to send in your photos on any theme with only one constraint: your light had to be 30 metres from the camera. We had a lot of fun seeing the great variety of different entries submitted, from sports and music to landscapes, personal and client work.

The judges (Robbert Dijkstra and I) were impressed by a number of very strong entries, but there could be only one winner. We are therefore please to announce that Alexander Vavinov of Cyprus has won with this absolutely stunning wedding photograph. Click to view a larger version:

Winning photo of July competition. Picture: Alexander Vavinov
Picture by Alexander Vavinov. First place.

Alexander shot his winning image with a Yongnuo YN-622N wireless trigger and a Nikon SB-900 Speedlight. Not bad range for a cheap radio. Congratulations to Alexander, who has a brand new (yes, brand new. Cheers LumoPro!) LP180 Quad Sync flashgun on its way to him right now.

There was only one prize to give away, but definitely not just one photo worthy of mention. Pipped at the post for victory, but nonetheless deserving of a commendation is James Abbott, who certainly topped my own attempt at a twilight snowscape. A beautiful, perfectly balanced image. James and a friend painted this tree with light using a Nikon SB-900 and a Canon 580EX.

Highly commended picture by James Abbott
Picture by James Abbott. Highly commended.

There should also be a “sheer range” award for Dominic Gentilcore, whose main light source — 50m away — was augmented by background lights so far away that the rotation of the Earth becomes a serious consideration.

Landscape Arch and the Milky Way. Picture: Dominic Gentilcore
Picture by Dominic Gentilcore. Highly commended.

Thanks again to everybody who competed. We hope you enjoyed this competition and we’ll try to run another one soon! Got feedback? Leave a comment below.

David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.
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