APOY 2012 Results Round Three – The World Up Close


Steve Halliday, of Darlington, County Durham, is the winner of The World Up Close round of APOY 2012. Steve 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 16MB 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 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, which is perfect for close-up photography.

Our second-placed winner is Maria Townsend, of Canada, who will receive a Samsung WB850F compact camera and a 16MB 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, even in low-light conditions, 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.

Paul Scott Thomas, of Cardiff, finished third in the round and wins a £250 Jessops Gift Card.

 1st Steve Halliday, County Durham 48pts
Canon EOS 7D, 17-85mm, 1/60sec at f/9, ISO 1000

Indian leaf butterfly

Judges say: ‘Steve’s beautiful image of a butterfly could be mistaken for an intricate leaf. The judges were blown away by the attention to detail – a superb image.’

 2nd Maria Townsend, Canada 45pts

Canon EOS 500D, 55-250mm, 1/50sec at f/5.6, ISO 100



Judges say: ‘This image, which looks a little like a person with outstretched arms, leaped out at the judges immediately. Highly original and imaginative.’

 3rd Paul Scott Thomas, Cardiff 44pts
Nikon D700, 105mm, 1/250sec at f/22, ISO 1250

‘Edge of the world’

Judges say: ‘We loved this image. There is something rather touching about this delightful snail as it ventures out into the world. Nicely exposed and well composed – very well done!

Top 50 entries for this round

  • 1 Steve Halliday 48pts
  • 2 Maria Townsend 45pts
  • 3 Paul Scott Thomas 44pts
  • 4 Crystal Ng 37pts
  • 5 Sergio Andaloro 36pts
  • 5 Nino Cannizzaro 36pts
  • 5 Eric Emerson 36pts
  • 8 Eleanor Phillips 34pts
  • 8 Kevin Tinneny 34pts
  • 10 Alec Murrell 33pts
  • 11 Tim Hill 30pts
  • 11 Paul Smith 30pts
  • 11 Claire Waring 30pts
  • 14 Anthony Mitchell 28pts
  • 14 David Traish 28pts
  • 16 Sam Burton 26pts
  • 16 Jenny Coughlan 26pts
  • 16 Diogo Ferreira 26pts
  • 17 Doug Akhurst 25pts
  • 20 Joshua Rex 24pts
  • 20 Nick Woodrow 24pts
  • 22 Edward Jones 23pts
  • 22 Stephen Gilbert 23pts
  • 24 Charlotte Boyle 22pts
  • 24 Charles Spencer 22pts
  • 24 Waclaw Kubiniec 22pts
  • 27 Ela Dzimitko 21pts
  • 27 Jonathan Junior Saunders 21pts
  • 27 Brian Stoddart 21pts
  • 30 Neil MacGregor 20pts
  • 31 Bob Grant-Beer 19pts
  • 31 Kevin Shearing 19pts
  • 31 Nanne Springer 19pts
  • 34 Muhammad Ather 18pts
  • 34 Martin Griffett 18pts
  • 34 Kate Skeldon 18pts
  • 37 Manuel Almeida 17pts
  • 37 John Steven Ball 17pts
  • 37 Michelle Bean 17pts
  • 37 Lucie Brooke 17pts
  • 37 Lorraine Heaysman 17pts
  • 37 Jack Hood 17pts
  • 37 Jodie Irvine 17pts
  • 37 Ajay Kumar 17pts
  • 45 Claire Cooper 16pts
  • 45 Philip Head 16pts
  • 45 Rob Knight 16pts
  • 45 Sarah Lewis 16pts
  • 45 Saptarshi Sanyal 16pts
  • 45 Piotr Szczepaniak 16pts

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