Natural History Competition

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Is it that time of year already? Mind you - feeling like it's mid-winter doesn't help does it? But yes - this week saw the annual Natural History competition for both prints and projected images.

So this week we all flocked to the village hall with high expectations of fine images of birds, beasts and plant life. And were we disappointed? Not on your sweet SDHC card we weren't! From the time we walked in the hall and saw the prints arranged in front of us we knew that this year, once again we were in for a great evening. Our judge for the evening was none other than he of the highland lilt (probably tell me he's from the lowlands now) - the one and only Stan McCartin LRPS CPAGB.

Both the prints and the projected images showed a high standard of photography - so Stan was not in for an easy time making his decisions! We were treated to superb images of (very) big cats - hunting, snarling and eating; small insects - beetles, bees and colourful butterflies; wolves; birds of prey; waterfowl; garden birds and, of course, plants showing a variety of size and colour. On the subject of colour, it was clear that Stan places great importance on colour when photographing the natural world, so black and white images received slightly lower marks.

By the end of the evening there were, of course, the high scorers. In the projected image section there were two 20s - "Corallus Caninus" by Ceri Jones and "Ladybird" by Nigel Farmer. The former was judged to be the best projected image.

In the print section there were three 20s. Brian Jolley for "Where the Bee Sucks" and John Sexton for "Mountain Lion" and "Black Panther". The panther was judged to be the best print and the overall winner of the competition. Congratulations, John!

(The complete leaderboard can be seen in the results section of the website)

Many thanks to all who entered images for this competition making it such a great evening, and thanks of course to Stan for his (as usual) superb judging - not to mention the anecdotes!!


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