We are delighted to celebrate the success of one of our members; Ashley Franklin who won Landscape Photographer of the Year and a Gold Award from the SWPP. Not only is this a massive success, but has also inspired a new workshop opportunity. Here are some words from Ashley himself:
My latest landscape image to win an award – Highly Commended for the month of October – is actually one of five Highly Commended awards I have won – all for photos taken in the D’Orcia Valley in Tuscany. Better still, I won a Gold award in the September competition for yet another D’Orcia Valley landscape – my first Gold since 2011 when I actually won Landscape Photographer of the Year for an image of… yes, the D’Orcia Valley!
I have visited the D’Orcia Valley four times since 2003. Why go back to the same place? Simply because, for me, it’s the most glorious landscape on Earth, a Mecca for photographers in the heart of Tuscany. I have been three times in mid-May, a prime time for dawn mists swirling around the lush rolling hills where poppies bloom and cypress trees stand sentinel. There are also historic, scenic towns in this region full of inspirational images. One pro photographer Tom Mackie conducts tours every May to this region and never tires of it because, as he rightly says: ‘It’s the gift that keeps on giving.’
In fact, as a result of my awards in the Societies’ monthly competitions this year – one Gold and four Highly Commended – I am starting my own workshops to this region along with a fellow landscape photographer, Wayne Brittle. Our little company is called Under Tuscan Skies. Our first workshop is next May and there has already been interest from a few photographers who have seen my images.
If you are interested in attending one of the “Under Tuscan Skies” workshops with Ashley then you can find out more information by contacting him directly.