Photography awards overlook stunning time-lapse sequences

As October comes to a close, we say goodbye to a plethora of photography awards handed out over the past couple of months.

Our New Bailey project silhouetted against the morning sun.
Stunning time-lapse shots deserve recognition too.

The (kind of) ‘awards season’ started back at the beginning of September, with the British Wildlife Photography Awards. The Tourist, by Lee Acaster, scooped the award. The bizarre pose, pulled by a greylag goose overlooking the London Bridge Quarter development, was chosen from thousands of entries.

At the back end of September the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 winner was announced. James Woodend’s science fiction-esque shot across Glacier Lagoon, with the aurora borealis in full view, was the winning shot from the Earth and Space category, as well as scooping the overall prize.

It was not just the natural world recognised by competitions, but the intimacies of war as well. Cpl Jamie Peters scooped best overall image at the Army Photographic Awards, for his shot Fireball Flyers, announced on 8 October.

Awards turned back to nature on October 13, as Marwell Wildlife celebrated their fifth photography awards. A cute picture of the zoo’s leopard cub took home first place. And on the same day the CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year winners were announced.

And the month finished with the NME Music Photography Awards, for a splash of entertainment colour.

Unfortunately time-lapse artists have not had the chance to showcase their work, so here are some stunning sequences that deserve a little recognition.

Slow Life, created by Daniel Stoupin, might be slow, but it is certainly not boring. As still images, his snaps of marine life would be visually stunning. But as a time-lapse, the underwater world is transformed thanks to Stoupin and his water tank. Completely worth the 150,000 shots he took!

Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.

Being ‘stuck’ in Britain makes it pretty easy to get bored of clouds very quickly. Well say thank you to Stephen Locke for Climax, Kansas Supercells, taken on 10 May 2014. It is essentially pictures of big, whirring clouds over the course of a day. But it is just a little more impressive than that!

Climax, Kansas Supercells by Stephen Locke from Stephen Locke on Vimeo.

And what about urban photography? Take this video of Singapore Changi Airport as a brilliant example of a modern time-lapse. Milton Tan was granted special access to restricted areas at the transport hub to produce his piece. Like darts across the night sky, aeroplanes create their own ‘magic’ as they whizz in to land and take off again.

Airplanes Look Like Epic Shooting Stars in The Air Traffic 2! from Milton Tan on Vimeo.

Finally, Joe Capra’s Australia’s Gold Coast is the perfect example of rural and urban coming together, in a beautifully shot time-lapse across waterfalls, bays and the sea. Vivid colours are used as a tool to contrast nature from manmade, but also highlighting their perfect intertwining relationship.

Australia’s Gold Coast – Timelapse from SCIENTIFANTASTIC on Vimeo.

Do not think that photography awards are the pinnacles of the field. They certainly are for still photography, but look a little deeper and you might find there truly is more than meets the eye!

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