CATEGORY 1 BRITISH BIRDS
3rd MARK WILLIAMS - TURNSTONE
2nd ROBIN GOSSAGE - STONECHAT
1st MARTIN SWANNELL - Juvenile KINGFISHER
Judge's comments: The shot is sharp and the colours vibrant. I liked the feather in its bill as it
CATEGORY 2 BRITISH BIRDS IN FLIGHT
3rd MATT HAZLETON - PUFFIN
2nd MARK WILLIAMS - AVOCET
1st DAVE JACKSON - SHORT-EARED OWL
Judge's comments: I like the way the owl is looking directly at the camera. The background shows classic shorty hunting ground.
CATEGORY 3 FOREIGN BIRDS
3rd DAVE JACKSON - COMMON CUCKOO
2nd MARK WILLIAMS - EUROPEAN BEE-EATER
1st DAVE JACKSON - KENTISH PLOVER
Judge's comments: This shot is well focused and the photographer has isolated the subject
from its surroundings. The bokeh is soft and makes the subject pop.
CATEGORY 4 FOREIGN BIRDS IN FLIGHT
3rd BOB MASON - DALMATION PELICAN
2nd DAVE THOMAS - KORI BUSTARD
1st DAVE JACKSON - EUROPEAN ROLLER
Judge's comments: The wings are symmetrical and nicely focused. Not easy to capture a bird in flight coming towards the camera. Nice job!
CATEGORY 5 NORTHANTS BIRDS
3rd ROBIN GOSSAGE - LITTLE EGRET
2nd MARTIN SWANNELL - NORTHERN WHEATEAR
1st DAVE JACKSON - JAY
Judge's comments: The dark background sets a stark contrast with the Jay's plumage. Nice sharp image and the crest is a classic Jay behaviour.
CATEGORY 6 NORTHANTS BIRDS IN FLIGHT
3rd DAVE JACKSON - REDSHANK
2nd MATT HAZLETON - LITTLE EGRET
1st DAVE JACKSON - BLACK-HEADED GULL
Judge's comments: The colours reflected in the dark water sets this gull off very well. I also liked the way the reflections play along the underside of the bird.
CATEGORY 7 MAMMALS
3rd ROBIN GOSSAGE - BROWN HARE
2nd MARK WILLIAMS - MACAQUE
1st ROBIN GOSSAGE - MOUNTAIN HARE
Judges comments: This is a wonderful image of a Mountain Hare. The photographer must have waited for a long time for this leg stretch shot. Tack sharp nicely done.
CATEGORY 8 OTHER VERTEBRATES
3rd DAVID ARDEN - OCELLATED LIZARD
2nd BOB BULLOCK - IGUANA
1st BOB GILL - COMMON FROG
Judge's comments: What a great image of all those Frogs. All eyes on the camera. Good depth of field. Well found and well taken.
CATEGORY 9 BUTTERFLIES, MOTHS AND CATERPILLARS
3rd MATT HAZLETON - WOOD WHITE
2nd ALAN COLES - SILVER-SPOTTED SKIPPER
1st DAVE JACKSON - ORANGE-TIP
Judge's comments: Three Orange-tips in the frame! Soft, out of focus bokeh. I like the blur on the wings of the intruder! Nice composition. Good Job.
CATEGORY 10 OTHER INVERTEBRATES
3rd CLIVE BOWLEY - VOLUCELLA ZONARIA
|VOLUCELLA ZONARIA HOVERFLY|
2nd DAVE JACKSON - COMMON BLUE DAMSELFLY
|COMMON BLUE DAMSELFLY|
1st ROBIN GOSSAGE - GREEN TIGER BEETLE
|GREEN TIGER BEETLE|
Judges comments: There is so much detail in this shot. The photographer has managed to get both antennae in focus.The light would not have been easy to work with, being such a shiny subject. Exposure is spot on, great depth of field and colour is superb. Well done.
CATEGORY 11 PLANTS AND FUNGI.
3rd DAVE JACKSON - VELVET SHANK
2nd BOB GILL - PHOLIOTUS SQUAMOSA
1st BOB GILL - SUNFLOWERS
Judge's comments: This image just shouts summer. Made me smile on a dark cloudy day! The Bumblebee just finishes the shot.
CATEGORY 12 ANIMALS IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT.
3rd MATT HAZLETON - WHEATEAR
2nd MARTIN SWANNELL - RED KNOT
|RED KNOT |
1st DAVE THOMAS - BEAR
Judge's comments. The Photographer has composed the image very nicely. The lines made by the ripples, frame the subject. Love the bear's expression.
CATEGORY 13 HABITAT AND LANDSCAPE
3rd CAROL WINGATE - MOORLAND KINDER SCOUT
2nd JOHN SHOWERS - WALBERSWICK DUNES
|MOORLAND KINDER SCOUT|
1st JOHN SHOWERS - KINTAIL AND LOCH DUICH
|KINTAIL AND LOCH DUICH|
Judge's comments: Nice landscape of the Scottish hills and peaks. The clouds give the shot atmosphere.
2019 has proved a great year for entries into the Bird Club's competition.
Not only was there more entries than ever, the overall standard of excellence is very high.
We have a new judge for this year's competition, Andy Astill and I believe he has done
the club proud. So a BIG THANKS to Andy for taking on the task and giving us his comments.
I know from bitter experience that choosing winners is very difficult.
So to the overall winner chosen by the audience on the night - Dave Jackson's European Roller.
|Winner of the GRAHAM SODEN AWARD|
All being well Dave will be presented with the award at the next meeting to keep for a year.
I'm sorry that I couldn't make it on the evening but these pictures are fab.ReplyDelete