We reveal the results of Round 2 of our Amateur Filmmaker of the Year competition, in association with Canon, which had the theme 'Environment' and remind you that Round 3 is still open!

After days spent watching all of the entries for Round 2 of The Video Mode’s Amateur Filmmaker Of the Year (AFOY) 2017 competition, in association with Canon, we are delighted to reveal the winners and the top 10 films as chosen by our expert judging panel.

Round 2 of had the theme ‘Environment’ and there was a great deal of creative variety and subject matter in the videos entered; from documentary-style shorts to animations and stories of homelessness on the streets to the wilderness of forests. We had entries from many countries – including France, Portugal, Namibia and Algeria – and from a wide variety of age groups!

The judging process
All of the videos entered for Round 2 were watched by a judging panel that comprised of top filmmaker and photographer Simeon Quarrie (an Explorer in Canon’s Ambassadors Programme) and representatives from Canon UK and The Video Mode. The panel was looking for a combination of strong storytelling, creativity, technical execution and striking visuals in films that could skilfully hold the viewer’s attention throughout.

After trimming the entries down to a shortlist of the best 10 videos, each of the three judges awarded points for their favourite videos. 100 points were awarded for each judge’s favourite video, and 10 points for the least so, with three judges, a maximum of 300 points were available. To find out the results of Round 2 and the updated AFOY 2017 league table see below…

Round 2 results…
So, without any further hesitation, here are the videos of the winning entry and the first runner-up in Round 2 of AFOY 2017, plus how the overall AFOY 2017 league table stands after the first two rounds of the competition…

WINNER: Edward Midgley – Bridgewater Street

Edward wins a Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera with Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, EF50mm f/1.8 STM and EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lenses, a prize worth £2475!

Runner-Up: Ella Howlett – It’s One Ocean

Ella wins a Canon Directional Mic DM-E1, worth £274.99!

3rd – Jon Scott – The Call of the Forest

4th – Kaushal Shah – My Environment

5th – Richard Stevenson – Wake

6th= – Maxime Pena – Follow Your Light

6th= – Kamini Plaha – Can You See?

8th – Paulo Duarte – UnRivers

9th – Mustapha Benghernaout – Today Tomorrow

10th – Mark Rigler – Twin Sails Bridge



“I wasn’t just looking for pretty images of nature but a narrative that was on brief, on point and with great creative execution. This, for me, was the best category yet. I really enjoyed watching these videos.”

SIMEON QUARRIE (Head Judge, Amateur Filmmaker of the Year 2017)
Top filmmaker, photographer and Canon Explorer





Ella Howlett 540
Jon Scott 390
Walter Chang 270
Edward Midgley 270
Marios Panaioptopoulos 260
Kaushal Shah 220
Kristian Hampton 210
Richard Stevenson 210
Alessio Rota 180
George O’Reilly, Maxime Pena, Kamini Plaha (*all on same points total) 110*


Round 3 still open!
Don’t forget… you also still have a few days to enter Round 3 of AFOY 2017! The theme for Round 3 is ‘People’ and you have until 28 February 2017 to enter your short films! To enter, you must submit a video of no more than five minutes in length, of HD quality. You can shoot on any camera, and the content and editing are up to you – so long as it fits the round’s theme! For inspiration just click on the video window at the top of this article to view some of the stunning footage from the winners of AFOY 2016!

If you entered Rounds 1 and 2 and are low down in the AFOY league table or not in the ‘Top 10’ table yet, then don’t worry! There are still fantastic Canon equipment prizes up for grabs and a maximum of a possible 300 points, so anybody is still in with a chance of winning Round 3 as well as having the honour of ending up in the final ‘Top 10’ AFOY 2017 league table.

Also, there are five filmmakers who are still in with a chance of winning the overall grand prize of a Canon EOS C100 Mark II digital cinema camera and a Canon EF24-105mm zoom lens (worth £4,625), not to mention the prestigious title of ‘Amateur Filmmaker of the Year 2017’. So don’t forget to enter to be in with a chance of winning some fabulous Canon equipment prizes and having your films judged by our expert panel. More information on Round 3 can be found here.