If you’re anything like us, your photography is filled with good intentions and accompanied by dreams of framing your amateur snaps, and impressing friends and visiting dignitaries. However, once you get round to properly looking, what you’ve actually captured is blurry, poorly framed and suitable for little more than the recycle bin.
What we need is The Guardian’s Free Photography Guide.
Last month, The Guardian launched a competition to find an image for the cover of its guide to photography.
Organisers were overwhelmed by more than 500 entries but the judging panel was able to select a winner, whose work will appear on the front of The Guardian’s Photography Guide when it hits newsstands on Saturday, November 17.
The 84-page guide features guidance from a variety of acclaimed Guardian and Observer photographers including Antonio Olmos, Tom Jenkins, Martin Argles, Suki Dhanda, Eamonn McCabe and Dan Chung. Comprised of seven exclusive masterclasses, the photographers impart advice and and reveal their inspirations, and each masterclass is accompanied by a readers’ assignment.
Below is a selection of our favourite photos submitted to competition, and be sure to pick up The Guardian on Saturday so you can start to improve the pictures you capture.
In the meantime, visit the Guardian photography masterclass website to find out more and see even more of the brilliant pictures submitted.