The London Games Festival crowns its Virtual Photographer of the Year

The London Games Festival has just crowned its Virtual Photographer of the Year. Joe Meizies received top marks in the competition for his stunning image of the rocky cliffs in Red Dead Redemption 2.

“The photo competitions have become a real highlight of the London Games Festival,” commented festival director Michael French. “Last year’s standard was high, but our entries this year really raised the bar. There was a great mix of creativity, not only in the submitted images but also in the post-production work. We were thrilled to be able to share all the entries with everyone and we look forward to next year!”

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The London Games Festival is described as “the world’s largest celebration of video games and interactive entertainment”. The celebrations included “40 citywide events, 12 days of activities and over 400 games to play” in 2019 before “growing into a groundbreaking online event that generated millions of deals for gaming companies and enabled over 1,000 digital meetings” in 2020. . The festival’s mission is to “make London the gaming capital of the world”.

The virtual photo contest “challenged aspiring artists to capture the most compelling images from a video game to bring those worlds and characters to life.” and bring virtual worlds to life. From stunning landscape to intimate portraits, open road to abstract architecture or historical to sci-fi fantasy.”

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Contestants were invited to submit work in one of three different categories. These consisted of abstract, portrait and landscape. The images could be taken on any platform. Post-production techniques are “allowed but not required”. Competition winner Meizies used post-production techniques to “enhance the vivid reds and oranges of the stunning desert shot”.

Meizies took home a laptop “specifically designed to equip aspiring artists with cutting-edge graphics technology and advanced drivers capable of unleashing the potential of the most advanced creative applications”. The winning image above was selected by representatives from Nvidia Studio and The Fourth Focus.

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