Click on the links below to see sample entries.
- Pointe de L’Echelle – A Landscape in three chapters
- Sheffield – Every slope has a story
- Anglesey – Resistance is futile
Get out and about
Wherever home is, landscapes are all around you. You don’t have to find a wide expansive view, and even in a city the landscape around you will be full of physical geography.
Wherever you go on holiday will probably offer something different, so plan ahead and be on the lookout for interesting places. Do a bit of research afterwards so you can explain the story behind the photograph.
Use your fieldtrip
If you are going on or have been on a school fieldtrip you’ll have been to a place with physical geography that you’ll have taken pictures of (probably on your phone). You’ll have had to complete work about that place, collecting data, analyzing it and answering questions. To enter the competition, all you need to do is choose your best photograph and tell the story that explains the landscape and the processes that created it.
Do some research
If you don’t know the answer to something, find out. Ask your teachers, search on Google, look in your textbook or revision book. Everything we know about geography and everything you’ve learned about it, started with a question.
Attention to detail
Physical geography comes in all shapes and sizes – keep your eyes open, think, and see, rather than just looking.
When writing good description of physical geography think about the following:
- Once you’ve taken a great photo, research the landscape and the physical geography you see in it. Perhaps you could ask your teacher for advice, or look up some specific details on the internet?
- Good descriptions have lots of detail and and are focused on physical geography in your landscape photograph.
- If a physical processes made the landscape in your photograph, explain how it works, and if it interacts with other processes or features.
- Be accurate.
- Explain the context of the photograph, especially if it is a cause of the physical geography in the photograph, or is unusual.
- You don’t have many words so be concise.
Improve your photography skills
Taking a good photograph requires a bit of thought and planning.
- If you’re using a smartphone, switch on the shooting guides so that you can use the rule-of-thirds to frame your picture and make sure things are straight.
- Learn how to use your camera app (do you know what HDR is?)
- Ask a photographer in your family for help
- Bright light doesn’t normally make a great photograph – early/late/overcast are best, but it does depend on the subject.
- Landscapes are normally framed in landscape orientation (sideways) – but something on a smaller scale might look better portrait?
- The best photographs are often hidden in plain sight. Get down on the floor, gain some height, look small/big and you’ll be surprised.
Have a look at the websites below for some tips to improve your photography (especially with your smartphone). If you have a specific question, do a Google search. If you’re really keen your local (large) library will have a great selection of books you can borrow full of inspiration and ideas.
The competition considers the quality of the photograph as well as the description of the physical geography, so make your photograph stand out. Equally, make sure it’s of something you can write about!