Many congratulations to Past Master Nick Steidl whose image "Vague form 1" has been selected for the 2019 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. Nick writes:

A few weeks after stepping down as Master last July, Louise and I decided to go on a City Break and take minimal luggage. So sadly I left my Nikon & Leica at home and flew to Copenhagen with just an iPhone 7. On one of our tours – on the canals – I saw this distorted red ladder hanging down into the water and took a photo of it. Later on in our hotel room I merged another image with it and edited the result all on my phone. So “Vague Form 1” (see below) came to life.


Vague Form 1


I have been trying to get a photo into the RA Summer Exhibition for over ten years and including this year I have been shortlisted three times in the last five years – so it really is third time lucky!

For those not familiar with this annual exhibition, the RA accepts the first 12,000 submission digitally and whittle this down to 4,000 which then have to be physically brought into its Piccadilly warehouse below Burlington House. These are then judged and reduced to 1000/1200 for hanging in the final exhibition. Of these, in the past, not more than about 40 are actually photography. That is why I am chuffed.

This stunning photo will be on display at the Royal Academy from 10 June to 12 August and you can access their website for details of tickets, times, etc, here



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