Photocrowd.com – heavenly places of worship contest

Online photography community Photocrowd.com has revealed the results of an international photo contest on places of worship.

And a picture of a Fife church taken by a photographer from Lanarkshire was among the highest placed entries.

Amateur landscape photographer Dylan Nardini (42), from Hamilton, was on a family holiday in the Kingdom of Fife in August 2015 when he captured this stunning shot at Boarhill, near St Andrews. (Picture courtesy of Photocrowd.com)

Amateur landscape photographer Dylan Nardini (42), from Hamilton, was on a family holiday in the Kingdom of Fife in August 2015 when he captured this stunning shot at Boarhill, near St Andrews. (Picture courtesy of Photocrowd.com)

Amateur landscape photographer Dylan Nardini (42) was on a family holiday in the Kingdom of Fife when he captured the stunning shot.

He said: “The image was taken at Boarhill, just outside St Andrews, in August 2015.

“It was a short family holiday and, as always, I was up around 4am to catch the sunrise and get back before my wife and two daughters got up.

“I’d passed the field a few times and checked where the sun would rise in connection to the church.

“The lines running towards the church were the main aspect that attracted me.

“There was little life or drama in the sky so coastal shots wouldn’t have been that interesting.

“So I stopped and decided to photograph this scene instead.

“I loved the peaceful setting, with only the slightest breeze moving the barley to and fro.

“The light falling on the church helped create a spiritual connection – it was one of the most peaceful mornings I’ve experienced in photography.”

The full-time freight train driver with DB Schenker Rail UK then packed up and headed back to his family for a day out.

But it was worth the early holiday rise as his picture, Road to Worship, was selected as one of the best entries in the Photocrowd.com competition.

A host of stunning pictures were in the running to win the Photocrowd.com Places of Worship international competition.

Only two others from the UK made it – so Dylan can be rightly proud of his achievement.

The overall winner was Todaiji in Japan by Scott Sim. Reviewer Sue Barr explained why: “It’s the winning image because it is so wonderfully mysterious and evocative.

“I love the monochrome – well, blueish-chrome – of the colour palette.

“The composition is perfect, the central line leading the eye towards the back of the image.

“The foggy pagoda type building in the background is a perfect choice for this winning composition and the trees in silhouette add a wonderful asymmetry to the shape.

“Overall a very sophisticated and original interpretation of the competition brief.”

Courtesy of Photocrowd.com we’ve created a slideshow featuring the stunning shots that battled it out for the top spot.

So sit back, enjoy the show and discover for yourself just how tough a job the judges had.

Louis Armstrong got it bang on – what a wonderful world, indeed!