August's Photo of the Month Lauren Thackray Puente | Posted: 01 September 2017

Entitled The Square in the round, this amazing shot by Norman Price was captured sitting on the Senate Square steps in Helsinki. He says:

“It was just nice to sit on the Senate Square steps and listen to the band. And then I noticed the reflection in the French horn."

August's judge was Gavin Burnett, the overall winner of our Moments Photographic Competition in 2015.

Gavin Burnett is a Photographer and Designer based in Manchester UK. He developed the bug for travel from a young age after spending a month in communist Russia at the age of 13. Since then Gavin has been to more than 50 countries and 7 continents.

Gavin's work can be seen on his website

Here, he tells us why he selected Normans' shot as the winner, plus the three runners-up who will also go forward into the 'grand final' at the end of the year.

Winner – "The square in the round' by Norman Price
"A really clever image with second layer where the viewer gets a sense of place from the fisheye reflection in the horn. A great slow moment as I can imagine people stopping in their tracks to listen in."

First Runner up – "Lofoten Sunset" by Andrew Locking
"The setting sun glancing off the rorbu (fishermen's huts) on the Lofoten Islands at the end of July - at this time of year it's a slow sunset with plenty of time to wait for the right moment."

Gavin says: "A lovely dramatic landscape image shot a the perfect time of day with the sun catching the red houses in Lofoten. Great composition with a ‘take me there’ quality"

Second Runner up – "Fishy business" by David Pechey
"The souk's fish stall owner was proud of his grand display but was blissfully unaware of the cat's envious intentions."

Gavin says: " Love this image for making me smile and the story it portrays. I imagine there is a daily battle going on between these two characters in the souk. Great image and well captured."


Third Runner up – "Suprise company" by Jacob Goldberg
"We were taking a break near the top of our climb when first a sheep dog, then a gazillion goats and a shepherd appeared and surrounded us. So that's where all that yummy cheese came from."

Gavin says: "Love the composition on this, it has a nice painterly feel to the scene. It’s nicely timed with the shepherd looking at camera connecting with the viewer."

The shortlisted images can be viewed in the August Moments Gallery. To see all the entries, take a look at the album we’ve created on Facebook.

Further Information

Slow Moments Competition

You can find full details of the competition, including more information about the photographic assignment to Catalonia in Spain on offer to the winner of the grand final, on the competition launch page.

Competition details >

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