2011 International Loupe Awards

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Since the inception of this blog I’ve enjoyed featuring the best photography I can possibly source. I have many people to thank for their contributions, but one person has been instrumental – Veeral Patel. Just like everyone else, he began his journey as an enthusiast. He’s worked very hard at his passion and over the past three years we’ve watched Veeral’s photography progress into something very unique which captures much more than a simple bike race.

In 2011 Veeral quit his office job and jumped on a plane to Europe with nothing more than a bag full of camera gear. He shot the Giro, the Dauphine, and the Tour de France. He did it hard. I saw firsthand how he made every day as if it were his last. Some days were great, some days I could see how disappointed he was. Traffic jams, bad weather, camera problems…it was all part of the journey. But by the end of it all he had a sensational collection of photos in which he entered a few into the 2011 International Loupe Awards. He only did this with the intention on receiving some feedback from professional photographers on how he could improve. I don’t think he ever expected to win one silver and six five bronze awards in the Open Category!

I want to congratulate Veeral on this achievement and also thank him for his outstanding contributions to this site. Every race he shoots it makes feel like we were there with him and provides a different view of the race than can be found anywhere else. This is just the beginning of Veeral’s journey as a photographer and I’m looking forward to more great things to come.

Below are the photos that Veeral entered into the 2011 International Loupe Awards and received Bronze awards. The headline image of Johnny Hoogerland on the attack on stage 6 of the Tour won a Silver Award. This is my personal favorite.

Simon Gerrans after a tough stage 5 on Willunga Hill at the 2011 Tour Down Under
2011 Giro d'Italia
Geraint Thomas after a wet and dirty Stage 4 of the Tour de France (which Cadel Evans won).
Alberto Contador after stage 11 at the Tour de France. Another wet day in a string of many where Veeral
Andy Schleck after stage 19 on Alpe d'Huez and taking yellow.

Judges Feedback: 

Framing – Just as important as what you include in a photograph is what you leave out. Your subject may be great, but there could be other elements in the photograph that are distracting and unnecessary, or it could be that your subject is too closely cropped. Have a look and see if different framing could improve your work.

Composition – Composition is a big subject and very personal. The judge believes this image could be improved with stronger composition, which can be as simple as where your subject is placed within the frame, to more complex interactions of various elements within the composition. Have a look at your image again and see how a different camera angle, framing or subject arrangement could make the image stronger.

For those of you who are new here, check out some of Veeral’s Giro photos, Dauphiné, 2012 Tour de France and his blog.

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