Thanks to everyone for their patience waiting on this result, it's been a really hard decision; all the entries were great, I'd love to give you all a prize but unfortunately, I've only got one Ihagee Exa to give away this time!
I hope the new owner enjoys the camera, takes some great pictures and shares their experience with us.
I've spent some time with a needle and thread repairing the ever-ready case that comes with the camera and if I don't say so myself it's looking rather lovely; now sitting packaged up with a roll of Tri-X 400, it's ready to head to her new owner!
I started this competition as I had this beautiful camera sitting gathering dust and I wanted to see it being used as it should be, play it forward as they say.
I also wanted to inspire people to think along the theme of 'unity' and submit their best shot on the theme and you did, with a little help on the promotion front from Hamish at 35mmc. I was frankly overwhelmed with the quality and number of entries, thank you all for getting involved, we're all united in the pursuit of photographic satisfaction at least!
Again thanks to all that got involved with the competition, I loved all you work and comments!
So, without further ado, the results:
Third Place - Edgar So
I love this image for the colours, the detail and the candid scene it depicts, a great shot. Fantastic work Edgar!
Second Place - Arko Højholt
So close, yet so far. This image appealed to me due to the strong composition and layers, a great second place! Great stuff Arko!
Winner - Hendrik-Jan Hop
The instant I saw this image I knew it was the winner, it nails the theme of Unity as well as being a beautiful image.
Great work Hendrick and you will soon be the proud owner of my beautiful Ihagee Exa, I look forward to seeing what you can produce with it and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! When you grow tired of it please play it forward to another willing owner.
I'd love to hear all your thoughts on the result and stay tuned as I hope Hendrick might share some of the images he creates with this beautiful camera!