Florence Court's Smartphone winner Laura Elliott

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Latest update 27.09.2013 16:58

The winner of National Trust’s ‘Your Space’ photography competition recently joined photographer Charlie Waite from Light and Land landscape photography workshops for her prize of a one-to-one tutorial.

Laura Elliott, a dental student from Enniskillen, was selected as a winner in the Smartphone category for her photo of a bee about to enter a foxglove. Laura also claimed the title of overall winner, beating off more than 5,700 entries across the four categories.

Photographers were asked to capture the spirit of National Trust founder, Octavia Hill, on camera and celebrate her passionate belief in the importance of green space and spending time outdoors.

Top landscape photographer Joe Cornish, who was one of the judges, said: ‘Laura’s image is stunning. The colours sing and the composition is striking. This is a photo that you want to blow up and hang on your wall.’

The prize took place at National Trust’s Florence Court near Laura’s home town in County Fermanagh.

Laura said of her experience: 'I learnt a lot in such a short time; there was so much to squeeze into one day.

‘We discussed my winning image and the reasons why the judges picked it, which was great. We then took the time to go through the basics on aperture, shutter speed and composition.

‘The weather wasn't great as there was a mixture of rain and wind, but that didn't stop us getting out and photographing Florence Court. I learnt that you don't necessarily need blue skies and light clouds to achieve a great photo. We focused on capturing Florence Court when the sun was illuminating the house and the foreground was in shadow. I was surprised and pleased with the final image and it was well worth the wait!

‘I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the day and it was a fantastic opportunity to broaden my knowledge and pick up tips from a world renowned landscape photographer!’

Charlie Waite said: ‘As landscape photographers, when the met office tells us that the weather will be changeable with a mixture of sunshine and showers, it is just what we long for. We know that we can be on the cusp of either good weather departing or bad weather arriving.

‘The lighting that we had in the splendid Florence Court at Enniskillen was just as we wanted. When the sun broke through we were able to enjoy a thrilling spotlighting effect of the house. Then, when the clouds raced toward us, we were able to orchestrate cloud shadow to provide hard light on the house and an apron of light before it, which was reminiscent of living theatre. We discussed it as if it was all happening just for us.

‘Laura was delighted to discover this technique of designing the lighting to comply with the pre-visualisation of how we wanted the image to look.’