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Photographer Konrad Cox’s panoramic shot of Ashurst shortlisted in British Photography Awards

A PANORAMIC shot of the New Forest by a self-taught photographer has been shortlisted in the British Photography Awards.

Konrad Cox’s image of woodland in Ashurst – a spherical panorama made stitching multiple overlapping photographs together – is in the running for a People’s Choice Award.

Konrad Cox took this panoramic shot in woodland at Ashurst
Konrad Cox took this panoramic shot in woodland at Ashurst

“I began making these images about 12 years ago,” said Konrad, from Southampton. “And in the last five years I have been making them obsessively.

“I love this technique’s ability to create unique and immersive images. The New Forest is a perfect place to make them, a place I find joy in exploring, searching for character-filled ancient trees and unspoiled woodland.”

Konrad spent many hours searching the woods for a tall foxglove not near a path or decaying, eventually finding them in shoulder-high bracken.

“There was very little room to position the tripod and still have enough room to manoeuvre myself around the camera, keeping out of the shots and not affecting the arrangement of foliage,” he said. “Bugs bit.”

Konrad’s work has been shown on an international stage, and his panoramas of the New Forest have featured in RHS Botanical Art and Photography shows held at London’s Saatchi Gallery, taking gold this year.

He added: “It is a fantastic honour to have been shortlisted for this year’s British Photography Awards, especially as it is for an image of somewhere very dear to my heart.”

Voting is open until 31st October, and the winner will be announced on 10th November. To vote, visit: https://bit.ly/3F0GZHR

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