- 2019 International Filter Photo Contest -

Hey everyone!

Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. have now launched its annual International Filter Photo Contest 2019!

The competition runs between July 16th to October 31st, 2019; and, the theme is “photos that make effective use of filters”.

Check out all the details here at Filter Zone

You have to be in it to win it!

- International Color Awards - Nominees -

It was my first year entering the International Color Awards.

This year I entered as an amateur, as the rules for a professional stated that photography had to be their income source.  As I do not focus on photography 100% at the moment and my main income is derived from my day job (outside of the industry), it made sense to enter this way.

Yesterday, I found out that two of my images were nominated. Whilst they didn’t win, it’s still an amazing honour especially considering the high calibre of work and the judging panel.




LOS ANGELES 09/03/2019 - Amateur photographer Michelle Lake of Australia was presented with the 12th Annual International Color Awards Nominee title in the category of Nature at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, March 9, 2019. 

The live online gala was attended by 11,829 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry's most important event for color photography. 12th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Sotheby's, New York; Benetton, Ponzano Veneto; The Art Channel, London; Kolle Rebbe, Hamburg; Droga5, New York; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Forsman & Bodenfors, Gothenburg; Wieden & Kennedy, Portland; Fox Broadcasting Network, Los Angeles; Gallery Kong, Seoul; and Phillips, New York who honored Color Masters with 761 title awards and 1,032 nominees in 37 categories.

"Winning awards is an endorsement that you are doing something right in your craft. I am delighted to win Merit of Excellence in the Food category and have another 8 nominations... a huge thank you to you and your support of photography," said Hugh Johnson, 2nd Place Winner in Food. Leigh Miller, 1st Place Winner in Aerial added, "Wow, I'm over the moon with pride and joy at getting 1st place and honourable mention in the amateur Aerial category. I'm privileged to have my work showcased alongside such talented and creative people. Thank you International Color Awards for the chance to show our work on an international stage and big thanks to the judges for their time." 

"It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,241 entries we received this year," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Michelle Lake's "Exhale" and “Underwater Garden”, exceptional images entered in the Nature category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present her with the title of Nominee."

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography. www.colorawards.com


- Romantic Venezia -


Everyone talks about the smell in Venezia. We were there at the start of winter and we were lucky enough not to have had to experience the potent aroma that others have experienced.

After our initial confusion on arriving, due to some language barriers, we found our way to the ferry. Taking in the historic architecture in the afternoon light, was a wonderful first impression. We spent three days meandering through the cobbled lane ways intersecting iconic canals, exploring its history and beauty. We took in the palace and basilicas; and visited Burano to see coloured houses and buy lace work. We enjoyed copious amounts of coffee, food and wine… and I do mean copious!

It was a great start to our Italian odyssey adventure.

- Welcome to London! -

Welcome to old London Town!

From the squirrels that scurried around the autumn leaves at St James Park to the excess that is Harrods, it was an interesting stop in our adventures.

First impressions? Busy.

Taking the tube, whilst efficient, is awful! The lack of fresh air and fumes that have built up underground are not a great mix for an asthmatic. It must have been my least enjoyable experience of London. But the one thing I used the most.

Naively we thought that London wouldn’t be too busy in the ‘tourist spots’ given we were in off peak season. We did not quite envisage just how busy it could get and I hate to think what peak season looks like!

The highlight of our stay (for me) was definitely was seeing a show in the West End. It was our last night in London, so Phil took me out for a lobster dinner and a few drinks before seeing The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. It was a great night and a great way to end of trip.

Would I go back? Maybe next time, I’d explore some of the other towns in England instead.

Next stop Italy baby!

- Tintern Abbey -


We didn’t have much bad weather for most of our time  in Wales. But, on this day we woke to grey skies and the cold. It’s almost like the weather knew it was our last real day for sight seeing and wanted to spoil it. We weren’t to be deterred though as we donned our beanies and jackets for the day ahead. 

It was a dark cold day as the sun hid behind dense clouds. Despite the conditions, Tintern Abbey was a site to behold. The ruins are architecturally beautiful with its columns and gothic arches. However on this particular day, any and all light was absorbed by the stone making it difficult to photograph without a tripod.

We strolled amongst the ruins, taking in the countryside. I was in awe of the cathedral like columns and detail. I felt very small standing amongst the ruins.

To warm up we ducked in to the cafe, The White Monk for a takeaway tea. Takeaway teas and bacon baps, before heading off to see Nana Mary. Whilst waiting, Phil discovered traditional welsh cook books and bought them for my mum. I think he hopes that she will spoil him with delicious welsh delicacies that remind him of home.