CATEGORY 1 BRITISH BIRDS
3rd MARK WILLIAMS - TURNSTONE
2nd ROBIN GOSSAGE - STONECHAT
CATEGORY 2 BRITISH BIRDS IN FLIGHT
3rd MATT HAZLETON - PUFFIN
3rd DAVE JACKSON - COMMON CUCKOO
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
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
CATEGORY 7 MAMMALS
3rd ROBIN GOSSAGE - BROWN HARE
1st ROBIN GOSSAGE - MOUNTAIN HARE
CATEGORY 8 OTHER VERTEBRATES
3rd DAVID ARDEN - OCELLATED LIZARD
2nd BOB BULLOCK - IGUANA
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
2nd DAVE JACKSON - COMMON BLUE DAMSELFLY
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.
2nd BOB GILL - PHOLIOTUS SQUAMOSA
3rd MATT HAZLETON - WOOD WHITE
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
|COMMON BLUE DAMSELFLY
1st ROBIN GOSSAGE - GREEN TIGER BEETLE
|GREEN TIGER BEETLE
CATEGORY 11 PLANTS AND FUNGI.
3rd DAVE JACKSON - VELVET SHANK
CATEGORY 12 ANIMALS IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT.
3rd MATT HAZLETON - WHEATEAR
2nd MARTIN SWANNELL - RED KNOT
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.
2nd JOHN SHOWERS - WALBERSWICK DUNES
All being well Dave will be presented with the award at the next meeting to keep for a year.
CATEGORY 13 HABITAT AND LANDSCAPE
3rd CAROL WINGATE - MOORLAND KINDER SCOUT
|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