Earlier this month, Zay Yar Lin was announced as the Amateur Photographer of the Year, 2020. I’m a big fan of his work and he is a very worthy winner.
By day, he works as the Captain of a ship, but manages to find enough time to capture some fantastic images, two of which won rounds in this year’s APOY competition. He was announced overall winner with 77pts, just above Tony North in second place with 66pts.
My favourite image is the one he entered into round four of this year’s competition, Keep on Moving. He captured an amazing shot of someone scrubbing the deck of a ship. The image is shot from above, looking down and is split into two halves, the deck of a ship and the water below. The deck is red and covered in a swirley lather of soap suds, which is the perfect juxtaposition to the bright blue water and its swirling white waves. You can see the image here.
My highest placed image in the competition was also in round four, where I finished 79th place (top 19%) with this image:
So a long way to go before I can compete with the likes of Zay Yar Lin! I’m improving all the time though, and I hope to do better in the APOY 2021 competition.