If it hadn’t been for the offer of a second-hand camera, Dave Zdanowicz might never have discovered photography.
In the two years since Dave acquired the camera he has taken more than 20,000 photographs and won several prizes. This year he won BBC Countryfile’s Winter Landscape photography competition with his sublime image of the sun setting at Harold Park in Low Moor.
“I just think there’s nothing better to photograph than a good landscape with a spectacular sunrise or sunset,” says Dave. “There are some amazing locations in Yorkshire that I never knew existed until I got interested in photography!
“I mainly focus on Yorkshire but I’ve also done some landscape and cityscape photography in London and Lancashire. The London photos have been featured by the Visit London social media sites, which was a great honour. I’d love to try other locations further afield.”
Dave’s interest in photography was sparked when he downloaded Instagram onto his iPhone and discovered the work of other photographers. “Then about two years ago my friend Brahim was selling his DSLR camera and offered me it at a good price,” he says. “I’m a sucker for a bargain so I bought it and I’ve not looked back since. I do landscape photography with my dad and we go travelling most weekends looking for locations.”