The Guardian newspaper is, in my humble opinion, the finest media organisation on the planet. Yes, politically and socially it leans in my direction. Although not in all matters. But it’s not simply its bias that I like. I appreciate its investigative journalism. The courage of its editors to print controversial or dangerous articles – see Edward Snowden and Wikileaks. But most of all, I think the Guardian has embraced the digital age in a more cohesive and engaging manner than any other mainstream news producer.
The Guardian Witness app/project is just one typical example. Their current assignment is a competition to find Britains Best view. It’s for photographers. Do make sure you click on that link and go and have a look. The quality of the entries are absolutely terrific. I’d love to win, but you need only scroll for a moment to see that I’m not going to. But I like participating anyway.
I scoured my Flickr sets from the last two years to come up with a few candidates. I was a little disappointed to see what a scarce supply of decent landscapes I had to choose from. I came up with just eight – click here to see them. I’ve benefited from this competition already. I have inspiration from some of those wonderful shots and the knowledge I need to work on my landscapes. The one I chose? The shot above, of course, from Arundel Castle.