We had precisely 88 entries to our ‘In Pairs’ photography competition in February — none of them featured two fat ladies, though. Choosing a winner was even tougher than ‘Fresh Starts’ back in January. But the four of us whittled it down to one victor. Their prizes?
- A £10.00 voucher for Bread Addiction in Elm Grove
- A bouquet of beautiful flowers from Ultraviolet Flowers on Clarendon Road
- A shared beanbag screening of any film at Café au Cinema during March
- A HIIT class with Shelley at StrongLiving PT
- Lunch for two at Home Coffee on Albert Road
- A family pass for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Before we get to the winner, let’s take a look at some of the February entries. None of which contain the Eiffel Tower, no matter how many times you misread it as ‘In Paris’. The talent we’ve seen over the past four weeks has week remarkable:
Where better to start capturing pairs than with the very bird whose necks come together to form love hearts? Here’s a selection of shots of the Canoe Lake swans we got through this month:
Sarah Ann Brown
Dave George Cooper
Charlotte B. — pairs of pears!
Dave George Cooper
The Top Picks
In Third Place: Alex Slator
January’s overall winner hopped back into our top picks section this month with this fantastic capture of a man and man’s best friend taking a leisurely stroll down the seafront, on the path snaking between Southsea Castle and the Castle Field battlements.
In Second Place: Paul Watt
Cute candid couple, sharp architectural geometry, and nautical references in the spinnaker-shaped streetlights, millennium walk anchor crest, and glimpses of harbour water. This street shot from Paul Watt is wonderful.
In first place, this month’s winner: Johnny Black!
It’s not just that this is a beautiful and unique perspective of the Royal Garrison Church in Old Portsmouth, or that Johnny has captured the sun casting a pleasingly long shadow across its roof — it’s the perfectly-placed and expertly-composed candid couple, and the second pair in the photo: two slits in the spire’s shadow cut out by its windows. A well-deserved February victor. Follow Johnny Black on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and pay a visit to his website »