LPOTY Success for David Southern

GPC member David Southern narrowly missed out on winning the top spot in the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition Black and White category.

David was awarded the Runner Up position in the keenly fought competition with his impressive image titled ‘Kittiwake Breeding Colony’ which shows the birds nesting on sandstone ridges formed in a cliff face.

David said about the image, “This shot is one of an ongoing project to photograph my local Kittiwake colony throughout their breeding season. Living on the Northumbrian coast gave me the opportunity to visit the colony on a regular basis during the late spring and summer of 2020. Many enjoyable hours were spent in the company of these noisy, elegant and graceful gulls observing and photographing their behaviours and habits. They make their nests along the sandstone ridges forming wave like patterns. I was after an image that showed the eroded sandstone landscape as well as these beautiful seabirds in the natural habitat. 

The birds spend most of the year out at sea and by mid-August they have left the colony and the cliffs are silent and lifeless. Kittiwakes are on the amber list of conservation concern and their numbers have dropped significantly over the last 30 years. The main factors affecting their fortunes appear to be linked to changes in the marine environment and prey abundance.”

David’ successful image is below and further images from the LPOTY competition can be viewed here.

Shot with Canon PowerShot G1X Mark 3