'Surreal' snap captures coast path and first prize
A 'quirky' image of one of Cornwall's favourite holiday spots has won a new photography competition.
The picture of Port Isaac – the setting for the popular TV series Doc Martin – is an example of the growing trend for mobile phone photography, or motography, as it has been called.
The digital snap, which seems to reduce the distant view to a scale model of the Cornish coast, took first prize in the South West Coast Path Motographer of the Year 2013.
Photographer Bob Small, a professional who is better known for his more traditional landscape photographs of the coast path, was selected from a shortlist of entrants who submitted their images via social media.
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The runner-up prize went to Nikki Theopil for her shot of walkers taking on a steep incline at Lulworth Ranges in Dorset.
Mr Small said: "I always take shots with a phone while I'm out and about as it geo-tags the location and it's also something I can share straight away on social media."
"I took this shot of Port Isaac on my iPhone using the panorama function, then I used a tilt shift app to give the focus effect that makes the view look model-like."
Mark Owen, South West coast path national trail officer, said: "It was hard to pick a winner but this photo immediately caught our eye as it has a quirky, almost surreal quality to it.
"Mobile devices actually account for 25% of the digital photos taken these days – so we wanted to reflect that and encourage people to get out and about on the coast path and capture not just the spectacular view, but points of interest along the way."
Deborah Baker, from Falmouth University, chose the runner-up.
She added: "The hikers appear very determined, stoically climbing what must be a steep incline due to the angle of their bodies. The sky is a strong colour and the clouds are very distinct."