APOY 2012 Round 5 Results – The Beauty of Plants

Robert Whatmough, of Royston in Hertfordshire, is the winner of our Beauty of Plants round of APOY 2012. Robert will receive a Samsung NX200 with 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, a Samsung 60mm f/2.8 macro lens, a Samsung ED-SEF42A flash and a 16GB SDHC Plus memory card, worth a total of £1,498.96. The NX200 is a compact system camera with a 20.3-million-pixel, APS-C, CMOS sensor. It has high-speed capture (7fps) and ultra-fast autofocus (100ms), while the ISO range of 100-12,800 lets you take high-speed photos even in low light. Samsung’s 60mm optic is actually a macro lens, but with the 1.5x conversion factor of the APS-C sensor, it takes on that magic 90mm focal length.

Our second-placed winner is Jack Hood, of Slough in Buckinghamshire. Jack will receive a Samsung WB850F compact camera and a 16GB SDHC Plus memory card worth a total of £288.98. The WB850F travel compact has a 16-million-pixel, BSI (Back Side Illuminated) CMOS sensor to help reduce image noise and distortion and a 21x optical zoom lens (23-483mm equivalent). The Samsung WB850F also has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, so users can email photos or share them on social network sites quickly and easily.


Nanne Springer,
of Toronto in Canada, finished third in the round and wins a £250 Jessops Gift Card.

1st Robert Whatmough, Hertfordshire 48pts
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 100mm, 1/125sec at f/5, ISO 400


Judges say: ‘This more-than-deserving winner has taken a unique approach to the subject and has framed the cactus in such a way that it appears fire-like. The rich colours are really striking. A great job.’

2nd Jack Hood, Buckinghamshire 47pts
Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR, 1/1500sec at f/5.3, ISO 800

Monochrome flower

Judges say: ‘Young Jack Hood is someone we’ve seen in the pages of AP before. He managed to wow readers with his macro shots, but here he has gone for a more conventional monochrome angle. It’s stunning.’


3rd Nanne Springer, Canada 46pt
Pentacon Six TL, 80mm, 1/1000sec at f/2.8, Fujichrome Provia 400F, ISO 400


Judges say: ‘In this image, Nanne has exploited the golden light and further emphasised it with a soft-focus approach. It’s a beautiful image and one that appeals to the romantic and dreamy among us.’

Top 50 entries for this round: 

  • 1 Robert Whatmough 48pts
  • 2 Jack Hood 47pts
  • 3 Nanne Springer 46pts
  • 4 Richard Craze 45pts
  • 4 Dan Deakin 45pts
  • 4 Diana Didulica 45pts
  • 4 Mike Morley 45pts
  • 8 Eden Breitz 44pts
  • 9 Alf Bailey 43pts
  • 9 Herbert Freedom 43pts
  • 9 Adrian Sadlier 43pts
  • 9 Mark Wills 43pts
  • 13 Sergio Andaloro 41pts
  • 13 Paul Rookes 41pts
  • 13 Bojil Vassilev 41pts
  • 16 Marlon Cole 40pts
  • 16 Diogo Ferreira 40pts
  • 16 Amy Whitewick 40pts
  • 19 Miguel De Freitas 38pts
  • 20 Arindom Bora 37pts
  • 20 Charlie Jobson 37pts
  • 20 Bill Sell 37pts
  • 23 Jessica Bobik 36pts
  • 24 Chris Gin 35pts
  • 25 Jenny Coughlan 34pts
  • 25 Marcelo Oliveira 34pts
  • 27 Sandra Angers-Blondin 33pts
  • 27 Sam Anslow 33pts
  • 27 Ian Turner 33pts
  • 30 Andrew Blake 31pts
  • 30 Chris Bestwick 30pts
  • 30 Ian Grainger 30pts
  • 30 Richard Pickup 30pts
  • 30 Gail Sparks 30pts
  • 35 Marilyn Gardner 29pts
  • 35 Peter Kurdulija 29pts
  • 35 Ian Porter 29pts
  • 38 Raymond Bridges 27pts
  • 38 Alex Farrugia 27pts
  • 38 Divy Khatri 27pts
  • 41 Gerry Boyle 26pts
  • 41 Nicole Bowron 26pts
  • 41 Mike Gould 26pts
  • 41 Dusica Paripovic 26pts
  • 45 Ian Berry 25pts
  • 45 Dave Fletcher 25pts
  • 45 Jay Heiser 25pts
  • 48 Nicholas Grady 24pts
  • 49 John Steven Ball 23pts
  • 49 Andrew Wood 23pts

View the winning Images in the APOY 2012 Gallery

See the APOY 2012 Leader Board after this round.

Results and Rounds APOY 2012

In association with Samsung and Jessops