Anthony Austria, 89, Revealing Nature Better Photography Magazine Photograph of the Year Competition 2015
I think Anthony's photograph of a deer or antelope is successful because it is so different. It's not only a strong image, it has an unusual and challenging composition. Once again, when you're entering a photography competition, you need to think a little about how a judge is feeling as he or she looks through hundreds if not thousands of images.
There are a lot of really good photographers out there, so the trick is to create an image that is different in some ways. Something that will make the judge sit up and take notice. The risk is that you may get a low score, but from time to time you will be rewarded.
Anthony has created points of difference on three levels.
First, he has used a very bold colour palette. Whether this is late afternoon sunset or a raging fire I'm not sure, but the colour is very strong.
Second, he has framed the subject with a bold structure. So, not only is there a frame within the photo frame which tends to work well, the photo's composition is dominated by the triangular shape. We also know that diagonal lines create more tension than horizontal or vertical lines.
And third, he has used strong contrast to create a silhouette of his subject. There are not many mid-tones, just a few in the arch and in the distance. Strong contrast doesn't always make a strong competition entry, but in this case, when combined with a simple colour palette and strong graphics, it works brilliantly.