For the last few months we’ve had some amazing entries into our Picture Your Summer photo competition. Using the themes of Sun, Landscapes, Motion and Night, there’s been a flurry of activity on social media as everyone voted for their favourites.

And the winner is… well, before we announce the winner, we’d first like to thank every single person who sent in an entry! We’ve really enjoyed looking at all of them and we’re in awe of your creativity.

Ok, (drum roll) after loads of entries from across the country, we have a winner… congratulations to Dougie Grey!


We caught up with Dougie to find out more about his winning photo.

What was the inspiration for your photo?
I love the Maldives and I wanted to take a photo that captured the island’s beauty at night time. I am inspired by nature, there is just so much beauty around us, even in the smallest of things. It was a very still but balmy evening. Every day over there seems like summer.

What made you pick this photo?
I chose this photo because I love the reflections on the water, I love the stillness and calmness of the place. I chose to do a long exposure to bring out these elements in the photo.

What do you love about photography?
What I love about photography is being able to capture love and friendship and also nature – flower, animal or a landscape scene. I also love taking aerial view photos out of the airplane window, there is so much beauty in this world. I like being in that moment and holding on to it for ever.

What type of camera do you have?
I own a Nikon D7000 and do my “serious” photography with that but I also have a Canon G16 that is also great at making beautiful photos but it more compact and lightweight to carry around. It’s great for someone like me who has rheumatoid arthritis when some days are a bit limited.

What do you do with your favourite photos?
With my favourite photos, I like to put them onto mugs, canvas prints and also have them printed up into photo books. Albeli photo books are fantastic as the quality of the print is excellent and I have always been pleased with the results. I have had a canvas made out from my winning photo, it looks lovely on the wall. With my other photos, I showcase them in my Instagram account @grainesdy

We love meeting people like Dougie who enjoy photography just as much as we do. With autumn just around the corner, we’re excited about the opportunities to capture even more perfect moments.

So, when autumn does settle in, do you already have an idea of the sorts of photos you’d like to take?

Until next time!
The albelli Team