“Chess isn’t always competitive. Chess can also be beautiful. It was the board I noticed first. It’s an entire world of just 64 squares. I feel safe in it. I can control it. I can dominate it. And it’s predictable, so if I get hurt, I only have myself to blame.”
Elizabeth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) in the superlative drama series The Queen’s Gambit (2019), which tells of an orphan’s rise through the ranks of the male-dominated world of chess in the 1950s and 60s.
These are my favourite six from the vote for the 2020 BBC Countryfile front cover calendar competition. Going left to right from the top the photographs are: Autumn Rays by Richard Hooper, Call of the Wild by Mervyn Chilton, Sunset Glow by Rachel Baker, Wilderness Wanderer by Harry Feather, Nectar Inspector by Steve McHale and I Walk the Line by Tom Broxup. You can see the others and vote here.
A montage of some of the incredible photographs I’ve shared with you recently, when highlighting the sensational talents of photographers around the world. Have a wonderful 2020 everyone. Thanks to everyone who has continued to follow the blog. Peace and love to you all. As an added bonus for those curious, below are my five most popular posts from this year.
I usually do a Gr8at when it comes to photography awards, especially when they are as exceptional as these. But it just worked so well as a montage I had to display them in this format. So congratulations to Pedro Jarque Krebs, Petr Bambousek, Saverio Gatto, David Easton, Richard Shucksmith, Rostislav Ageev, Sienna Anderson and Martin Grace who all saw their work acclaimed in the latest Bird Photographer of the Year Awards. Can you guess which photograph won the overall prize?
These are a collection of my favourite photographs from an exhibition of the World Photography Awards in Somerset House, London. This is the tenth edition of the highly acclaimed competition, which includes categories like Natural World, Landscape, Still Life, Sport and Conceptual. There was also a section including the work of photographer and photojournalist Martin Parr.