Cyclades Dawn

CreditsPaul Grayson @
PhotographerPaul Grayson @
PrizeNature / Landscape_N
Entry Description

In the open air, mid-section of a hydrofoil I was deafened by the motor and rattled by the speed of our pre-dawn journey from Porto Heli to Piraeus. The lightening sky marked our progress and the horizon glowed in the east until the sky and sea were ablaze. I struggled to capture the moment, praying that careful timing and vibration reduction would allow me to grasp the stunning beauty of the moment, with reasonable ISO in low and delicate light. My spirit was astounded and in awe, forgetting the pounding noise and jarring motion. A gifted experience.

About Photographer

I have been passionate about art life-long, ever since spending hours as a teenager soaking up great works in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, particularly the only Rembrandt self-portrait in Scotland, which still has power to inform my vision today. The acquisition of a Contaflex as a student cemented my relationship with the "huitieme art" and widened my artistic horizons to a lifelong love of photography. Following a financial first career, the digital age has inspired me to significantly deepen my education in and practice of artistic photography. I have found new freedom and inspiration in the dramatic increase in control and responsiveness provided by today's technology. I am excited by urban and natural landscapes, especially the graphic potential of architectural subjects, the night and event photography, particularly Jazz. I adopted as my commercial branding, as a tribute to Greece and the inspiration-giving power of light inherent in the word. I have exhibited in Paris, am an Associate Member of the American Society of Media Photographers and have just launched my Fine Art website on