Over the moon to see one of my pictures win the heat in a national competition. Coming Home won the January 2017 monthly Guardian Readers Travel Photography Competition and gets entered into the final twelve to win a holiday in Costa Rica. Can I now describe myself as an award winning photographer?!? Not just yet perhaps.
The judge Paul Goldstein wrote: "A clear winner. Initially I thought this was a study in slow shutter speed, but then saw that these gentoos are almost floating across this Falklands beach in a sandstorm. I would have cropped the whole foreground as it adds little, but that’s a minor criticism. I’ve been to this beach and never got close to this sort of masterpiece."
I've now cropped the image (below) and think he's got a point. Thanks Paul.
Click here to see the other finalists.