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Oracle Photo Competition 2020

Oracle Photo Competition 2020

It’s time to clean up those Kodaks and lose those lens caps because Oracle is, once again, looking for its local photographers for the 6th year running!

Again, there are three categories this year, open to all ages – Local WildlifeLocal Landscape, and Local Architecture. The winner of each category get a half a day mentoring session and a free studio shoot and print for them and or family or friends, worth £175 per winner! Not only that, but the winning entries will also feature in Oracle's magazine and be put on display in Picture Perfect’s studio window on Leigh Road!

You may use any camera, including smartphones, but your pictures must be high-resolution and of good enough quality to reproduce in the magazines. All entries may be used by Oracle for any other purpose and the author will be credited where practicable.

To enter:

Please send in up to three photos (one per category) with titles and/or a brief description, along with your contact details, to our email address:, no later than 10th August 2020. If you are under 18, please also include your age as this will be taken into account during judging.

Give it your best shot

To help you take that perfect picture, Keith has a few hints and tips to help you on your way:

  • If you have a case on your smartphone, it’s best to take it off and give the lens a wipe before shooting.
  • Lighting is most dramatic in the early morning and late afternoon/early evening.
  • Unless it’s setting, taking a photograph directly into the sun can be dangerous for eyes and can also cause flare in the lens.  Avoid this by shooting away from the sun or side-on to it.
  • Wildlife often moves quickly so use the ’sport’ setting on your camera and a fast shutter speed setting. If your subject is moving across your vision then move your camera with it while you take the photo. This is called ‘panning’.
  • Remember the ‘rule of thirds’ when composing your shot, i.e. a shot looking across land out to sea usually looks best if either the sea or the land take up two thirds of the photo.

T&Cs Apply.*

Good luck everyone!


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