Richard Adams is our second spot prize winner in our spectacular Professional Photographer of the Year Competition, so get your entry in now to be in with an extra chance of great prizes!

OUR SPECTACULAR PROFESSIONAL Photographer of the Year Competition just keeps on giving, with Richard Adams becoming our latest spot prize winner. Richard picks up the awesome Zhiyun Crane 2S gimbal, worth a cool £649, for his wonderful shot of a rare harvest mouse, caught in the middle of a downpour.

Richard Adams – Wildlife Category
Harvest Mouse in the Rain

I’M INVOLVED IN a harvest mouse  reed-and-release project, with the purpose of reintroducing the species after a drastic  loss over the years due to farming methods. I was given a tip off where a nest had been found, so an early morning was on the cards, as it was four hours’ drive away. I settled into position and pre-framed my shot and waited. That day, we seemed to get hit with all weathers and, as I was about to give up, thinking it was an old nest, I saw a slight movement out of the corner of my eye. They had moved their nest! I slowly panned my camera across, knowing any sudden movement would spook these little guys. I then spotted one sleeping on a branch, and couldn’t believe my good fortune. I took a few shots, just in time for the heavens to open up again and soak the two of us. I came away a tired but happy photographer that evening.

Nikon D500, Sigma 105mm, 1/160sec at f/10, ISO 16


THE FABULOUS ZHIYUN Crane 2S, worth £649, is a professional and highly intuitive gimbal for use by photographers and videographers, with a powerful 3-axis stabiliser system, which is designed for larger mirrorless and DSLR cameras. It features a 12-hour battery life for all-day operation and a lightweight carbon handle, which comes with multiple mounting points for use with monitors, mics and additional lighting. There’s also a quick release plate that allows the camera to be quickly and easily transferred to a slider or a tripod when required. Control is through a 0.96in OLED screen, enabling the user to go through the entire menu and to switch between modes in an instant.

The new 0.96″ OLED screen offers a bigger vision. With it, you will be able to go through the entire menu within seconds and switch between different modes swiftly.

The upgraded axis locking mechanism 2.0 adopts a two-phase locking design that guarantees zero swinging of the gimbal during traveling or storage.

To enhance the practicality of CRANE 2S as a reliable and sturdy workhorse, CRANE 2S’s handle is built with carbon fibre, lightening the physical burden of videographers without compromising loading capacity of the gimbal.

The CRANE 2S is outfitted with 3 removable 18650 Li-ion batteries which offer a 12-hour runtime. For time-demanding tasks videographers can easily prolong the runtime of the gimbal with backup batteries.

Six gimbal modes, from basic to advanced, are all easily accessible on CRANE 2S: Pan Following, Locking, Following, Full-Range POV, Vortex, Go mode.

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The competition is open until August 31, 2021, there’s no fee to enter and everyone is welcome to take part. We’ve teamed up with our friends at The Societies to tie in each of our ten categories to one of the Societies that operates under their umbrella. Along the way we’ll be awarding exciting and valuable spot prizes to highlight the best of the entries.

In September we’ll be choosing a winner for each of the ten categories, who will receive not just the section prize but also a 12-month Professional Level Membership of the SWPP and a copy of Affinity Photo and the Affinity Photo Workbook, courtesy of Serif. Each of ten winners will then be in with a chance of being judged our first-ever Professional Photographer of the year, and picking up that fabulous Panasonic S1R kit.


All entries need to be made online through the Professional Photo website and you’ll be able to enter as many categories as you like but we’re asking for single images only, and you’ll only be able to upload one image to one particular category each month, so a total of ten images a month across all the categories.
Overall closing date August 31, 2021. Full details of all the prizes plus terms and conditions can be found online.


  • LANDSCAPE Olympus LS-P4 value £149
  • WILDLIFE Olympus 8×42 Pro binoculars value £449.99
  • WEDDINGS Voucher for £150 for use at One Vision Imaging
  • PORTRAITS Spyder X Pro worth £159
  • TRAVEL AND TOURISM Fotospeed Voucher for £200 worth of paper.
  • FASHION Sigma I-Series 65mm f/2 DG DN prime in E or L Mount, value £649
  • MEDIA AND PRESS Sennheiser MKE 200 On-Camera Mic, value £87
  • SCHOOL AND EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY Nikon School Voucher, value £120
  • SPORT Rotolight NEO 2, value £319.99
  • COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL 12-month Pro Package with theimagefile, value £432

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