CJPOTY round four: From above

The theme for the fourth round of the Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition is “From UP Above”. You don’t have to use a drone to take an image for this month’s theme, but you can if you wish. We want to see subjects photographed from above, whether it’s the view from the top of a mountain, a view of the city from a skyscraper. a creative flat lay or overhead view of whatever takes your fancy. You can go high or stay low, but shoot your subject from above.

This round of our monthly competition is open for submissions until 6:00 p.m. BST (7:00 p.m. CET and 10:00 a.m. PST) on April 30, 2022.

To submit your application, visit cjpoty.com. You can submit one image per entry, but make up to three entries for £2.00 plus payment processing fee (£0.26).

Above Inspiration

If you’re short on inspiration, check out MPB’s interview with Hugo Healy, an award-winning photographer, drone operator and videographer. There is a fabulous selection of images that focus on the patterns that are revealed when you look at things from above.

And if that makes you want to try a drone, take a closer look at the DJI Mavic 2 Pro or check out our DJI Mini 2 review – it’s a sub-250g drone that’s super easy to fly.

If you prefer to have complete control of your photography, how about creating a flat image like that of Tracy Calder, co-founder of Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY)? The fourth Close-Up Photographer of the Year competition is open for entries until June 12, 2022.

Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year Award

At the end of the month, the Camera Jabber team will select one winning image and nine finalists from the April entries. The photographer of the winning image will receive a voucher from MPB.com worth £500 which can be spent on anything from a huge range of kits from the world’s largest platform for used camera gear.

The 10 selected images will appear in our shortlist of the year.

We will do this every month in 2022 so that at the end of the year there will be 120 shortlisted images. These will then go before our fantastic panel of judges who will decide which images are ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

The photographer in the image ranked first overall, as decided by the jury, will receive a voucher worth £1,000 from MPB.com as well as a trophy and the title’Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year 2023‘. Second and third place photographers will receive vouchers worth £500 and £250 respectively.

The judges are:

Ben Brain – Photographer, journalist & Sigma ambassador
Sophie Collins – Marketing Director at MPB
Donna Crous – Food photographer, author, Nikon Europe Ambassador and Rotolight Master of Light
Kate Hopewell-Smith – Wedding, Portrait and Boudoir Photographer, Sony Ambassador
Sanjay Jogia – Wedding Photographer and Canon Ambassador
Pete Reed OBE – Three-time Olympic gold medalist rower and avid documentary photographer
Dominique Shaw – Photographer and Co-Founder of York Place Studios and Fujifilm Ambassador
Craig Strong – Founder of Lensbaby
Christina Vaughan – Founder of Cultura Creative, the home of inclusion stock photography
Jeremy Walker – Landscape photographer, author and former Nikon Ambassador

You don’t have to enter the contest every month, but you are welcome and the more images you have shortlisted at the end of the year, the better your chance of winning the top prize.


About MPB

Founded by Matt Barker in 2011, MPB is the world’s largest platform for used photography and videography kit. MPB has transformed the way people buy, sell and trade gear, making photography more accessible, affordable and sustainable.

Based in the creative communities of Brighton, Brooklyn and Berlin, the MPB team includes trained camera experts and seasoned photographers and videographers who put their passion to work every day to deliver exceptional service. Each part of the kit is carefully inspected by product specialists and comes with a six-month warranty to give customers peace of mind that buying used doesn’t mean sacrificing reliability.

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