Friday, 9 February 2018


So the battle commenced at 7.30 pm sharp, by 10.15 pm the battle had ended and it's fair to say that Dave Jackson had emerged victorious .
That's not to say that the battle was not intense,  exactly the opposite, there was some very fierce fighting encounters.
I would say that 2017 had arguably the best set of images entered over the years.
I would like to Thank all the photographers who entered, spending vast amounts of time, energy, and money to present their images.
As always a big Thank you goes to John Showers for getting it all together for our delectation, no mean feat.
The audience plays a crucial part in the evening simply by turning up and voting in return for the Bird Club's efforts, as they say it's not what your Bird Club can do for you, but what you can do for your Club so thank you, to all those members and visitors who stayed for what was a long evening's entertainment.
Lastly, THANKS to Sarah for all her hard work behind the scenes.

So for the 3rd time in a row DJ pulled the rabbit out of the hat and won the GRAHAM SODEN SHIELD. Graham was an all round good naturalist, photographer and nice guy, a competition involving all aspects of nature is his legacy to the Northants Bird Club.

I guess rather I know, as always there will be great debates until next year on the images presented, but this is all part and parcel of a competition, at least there are no blurred entries ... God forbid, who'd be a judge eh !
So it falls to me to congratulate Dave on a battle well fought and have the Graham Soden shield engraved for presentation next meeting........Well Done Dave .

All the images received will be on Competition header along with all the winners 1, 2, 3 in each category) separately......

Overall Winner, Black-headed Gull. Dave Jackson


  1. An excellent photo Dave and a worthy winner. It looks much better on a computer screen than on the projector screen on the evening, maybe a case for turning the laptop round and letting everyone see the photo in its glory. Bob Bullock

  2. Thanks Bob, good of you to say so. The gentleman sitting next to me voted for your Bearded Barbet shot in the Foreign Birds category as best in show. I'm pleased your shots from our Gambia trip gained a couple of places .