Lewis photographer reaches photo competition final

Eve Graham; 'Lewis Black House'; Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Eve Graham; 'Lewis Black House'; Isle of Lewis, Scotland

VELUX has unveiled the top 10 shortlisted photographs in its third annual Lovers of Light photography competition, which received an unprecedented 21,295 entries since launching when the clocks went back in October 2014.

Lewis photographer Eve Graham has made the final 10 with her entrance ‘Lewis Black House’.

Each photograph in the final 10 aptures a moment of daylight, celebrating the role natural light plays in our daily lives. The shortlist was selected by five expert judges in London last week, following a day of deliberation and impassioned discussion.

BAFTA award-winning photographer Joe Tree, writer and broadcaster Tom Dyckhoff, daylight expert Dr Russell Foster, artist Sarah Butterfield, and Charlotte Chapman of VELUX had an incredibly tough job separating the 10 photos from thousands of stunning, daylight-infused images.

This year, a trip-of-a-lifetime prize worth £10,000 is on offer for the winner and their guest, who will enjoy a summer of endless daylight in northern Finland, sleeping under the midnight sun in a glass igloo and log cabin in Arctic resort Kakslauttanen. The overall winner, as well as the top three honourable mentions, will be announced in the next few weeks.

Head judge Joe Tree said: “The job of selecting this year’s Lovers of Light shortlist was practically impossible. The standard of photography is unbelievably high, and the creativity that has gone into interpreting the brief is of the highest order.

“Each of the top 10 images shows a very different scene - a sun-drenched bench; a tractor in a sea of tulips; a wonderful underwater world - but what unites these phenomenal photographs is their inspiring depiction of daylight. Every one of our top 10 pays true homage to natural light and is a credit to this fantastic photography competition.”