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Paperback Oxford English Dictionary photography competition results

We recently set our readers the challenge of taking a photo to capture the word ‘harmony’ to celebrate the publication of the new edition of the Paperback Oxford English Dictionary. We are delighted by the response with over 100 entries and some truly excellent photographs encapsulating our theme perfectly.

Before announcing our winner let’s explore the word ‘harmony’ a little further.

Today the word harmony has several meanings. Most commonly it is associated with music – the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce a pleasing effect. And this musical sense is earliest recorded in the OED in Chaucer’s Hous of Fame (“Songes ful of Armonye”). From musical connotations the word has developed to mean the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole in other spheres outside music – the first recorded instance of which is from a work likely to have been written in 1533.

So now people can have a surprisingly harmonious reconciliation, can marvel at the harmony produced by an artist or photographer in their composition, or admire how old and new architectural styles blend together in harmony. The word is often used to describe a state of being in agreement or concord – this interpretation was evident in the photographs we received of pets and children.

We were struck by the variety of images sent in – it really goes to show how broadly certain words can be interpreted.

So without further ado our winner is – drum roll please…

Nathaniel Gonzalez

Our congratulations to Nathaniel who wins our star prize of a Lumix Camera as well as a copy of the Paperback Oxford English Dictionary.

© Nathaniel Gonzales

© Nathaniel Gonzales

Our judges Sophie Goldsworthy and Nasir Hamid commented:

“We particularly liked this one. A clean and simple image, which is beautifully seen and composed. The exposure is perfect, with nice backlighting picking out some of the delicate colour in the reeds, and a lovely use of reflection. Altogether, this seemed the perfect embodiment of the harmony theme, and a very striking image in its own right.”

Our runner-up prize of one copy of both the Paperback Oxford English Dictionary and The Rough Guide to Digital Photography by Sophie Goldsworthy goes to…

Alex Baker

© Alex Baker

© Alex Baker

Our judges commented:

“Great timing here to capture the marchers in harmony, and a nicely composed perspective shot which leads your eye nicely into the image.”

Thank you to all those who sent in their photos. As the competition was so fierce and the calibre and breadth of shots so good we would like to share ten more striking images:

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© Alex Taylor

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© Aliosha Bielenberg Pittaka

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© Darren Johnson

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© Helen Webber

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© Kathryn Reavill

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© Katie Pollard

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© Louie Mark Zaragoza

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© Paige Dissanayake

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© Pete Aighton

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© Rose Tabberer