For our fourth monthly photography competition of the year, we encouraged people to get out and capture spots and spectrums of colour throughout the city of Portsmouth. The prizes for March were:
- Two weekend passes to Mutiny Festival 2017, headlined by 50 Cent, Chase and Status, Lethal Bizzle, Pendulum, Chicane, and loads more.
- A stylish, suave haircut for one at Tony Wood Hairdressing at the base of the clocktower in Castle Road.
- Two tickets for the last Pompey home game of the season, against Cheltenham on Saturday 6th May.
- Two class passes for Portsmouth Yoga on Albert Road.
- Two tickets to see David Bowie tribute Live on Mars at Portsmouth Guildhall on Wednesday 31st May.
As is the case every month, before we get to the winner and runners-up, here’s a selection of the other photos submitted to the competition this month. We’re always impressed by the way Portsmouth’s photographers make our themes their own.
The Top Picks
IN THIRD PLACE: Grzegorz Kopacz
We love seeing different takes on sunsets — this silhouetted shot from Grzegorz Kopacz (@g3rzegorz) is dominated by a stunning orange and ochre gradient, and bordered at the bottom by an array of silhouetted geometries. Curved railings, linear benches, outlined figures. It’s a strong impactful picture, earning third place in this month’s competition.
IN SECOND PLACE: Will Hutchinson
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw Will’s photo was the cinematography of Arthur Albert in Breaking Bad spin-off show Better Call Saul, with strong saturated colours and detailed shadows. The image feels very sturdy, split pleasingly into thirds. And each third of the photo offers up something unique: lead-in lines at the bottom, a block of blue at the top, and a dado rail of red and yellow in the middle.
IN FIRST PLACE, APRIL’S WINNER: Michael (@________eight)
Play up Pompey! Michael took the crown this month with a wonderfully-angled stretch of yellow and blue snapped at Fratton Park, celebrating our home team’s league promotion through photography. The almost-abstract sea of chairs is immensely pleasing to the eye, and the picture has real depth. Thus, Michael is our ‘Colour’ winner!