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Photographic Competition 2009 Results
Updated: 31 January, 2017

 

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We are delighted to reveal the winners in this years SK58 Photographic Competition

SK58 Birders ran a photographic competition during 2009. The competition was open to all current SK58 members. The deadline for the submission of entries was the October meeting in 2009. The winners will be presented prizes at the November 2009 indoor meeting.

Their were 71 entries for the various categories. The standard was so high we had to split the "Non Bird Outside SK58" category into Landscapes and Natural History as there were so many quality images it would have been unfair to try and pick a winner.

Each First Place & Runner Up will receive birding products kindly donated by BirdGuides Ltd. BirdGuides Ltd BirdGuides.com

Categories & Winners (winning images further down page)

© on all images held by photographer!

  • Best Bird photograph within SK58

First Place- Geoff Facer: Yellow Wagtail-Axle Lane

Runner Up- Janet Allsop: Crows-North Anston Pit Top

Highly Commended- Geoff Facer: Blackcap-Chesterfield Canal

  • Best Non Bird photograph within SK58

First Place- Brian Chambers: Chesterfield Canal & Barge-Turnerwood

Runner Up- Geoff Facer: Thorpe Salvin Hall-Thorpe Salvin

Highly Commended- Janet Allsop: Poppies-Todwick

  • Best Bird photograph outside SK58

First Place- Jan Jarrold: Arctic Tern-Farnes

Runner Up- Brian Chambers: Arctic Skua-Handa Island

Highly Commended- Tony Drew: Marsh Harrier-France

  • Best Non Bird(Landscape) photograph outside SK58

First Place-Sue Cullen: Early Morning-Clumber Park

Runner Up- Tony Drew: Moonlight over Tassay-France

Highly Commended- Alan Bradford: Portree Harbour-Isle of Skye

  • Best Non Bird (Natural History) photograph outside SK58

First Place-Jan Jarrold: Polar Bear-Somewhere Cold

Runner Up- Jan Jarrold: Iguana-Somewhere Warm

Highly Commended- Jenny Drew: Poppy-Flamborough Head


With "Best Photograph Overall" awarded to:

Jan Jarrold: Polar Bear


Rules & Guidelines

  • Open to current SK58 members only
  • Each entrant can submit no more than 3 images per category
  • All entries must be submitted on or before 28th October 2009-to any member of the organising committee
  • All images must be printed (no CD's, memory sticks,etc...), 35mm slides also accepted
  • All prints (from negative/ digital images) must be no smaller than 6" x 4" or larger than A4
  • Each image must bear the name of the photographer, the subject/ location and date it was taken, with a brief note if applicable
  • Judging will take place after the October 2009 indoor meetings. The judges will be group official Andy Hirst and professional & eminent local photographers Allan & Susan Parker, and their decision is final.
  • Best Bird photograph within SK58

First Place- Geoff Facer: Yellow Wagtail-Axle Lane

The judges loved this image. "The vibrant yellow contrasting with the grey rock in the wall-slightly grainy due to cropping, but resulted in a lovely framed image-well done Geoff".

Yellow Wagtail

Runner Up- Janet Allsop: Crows-North Anston Pit Top

We liked the comic opportunistic aspect of this image with the 3 crows above each other. "If the image had been cropped vertically to show just the crows, it may well have won-but a nice shot Janet".

Crows

Highly Commended- Geoff Facer: Blackcap-Chesterfield Canal

We thought this deserved a mention "You can almost hear the Blackcap singing, great life shot Geoff".

Blackcap

  • Best Non Bird photograph within SK58

First Place- Brian Chambers: Chesterfield Canal & Barge-Turnerwood

The judges warmed to this "If it wasn't for the plastic windows, it could have been taken anytime in the past 100 years-captures the atmosphere-Good image Brian".

Turnerwood

Runner Up- Geoff Facer: Thorpe Salvin Hall-Thorpe Salvin

"As ever Geoffs shot is pin sharp and technically brilliant (exposure etc...)" We felt if it had been taken at another angle to give depth it would have probably come first-"Good image non the less Geoff".

Thorpe Salvin Hall

Highly Commended- Janet Allsop: Poppies-Todwick

"Poppies featured several times this year and Janet's image captures this summers day-nicely framed and contrast in colours-well done Janet, although we thought it might have been even better cropped slightly?". "Not sure which part of Todwick this is, and may be out of the square, but we gave her the benefit of the doubt".

Poppy Field

  • Best Bird photograph outside SK58

First Place- Jan Jarrold: Arctic Tern-Farnes

"This is where it became even more difficult-we liked the movement and life in this image with just the wing tips blurred emphasizing the movement and the shape of the tail, superbly backlit-a worthy winner-excellent image Jan"

Arctic Tern

Runner Up- Brian Chambers: Arctic Skua-Handa Island

"Another stunning image, again pin sharp and well exposed with the wing tips blurred emphasizing movement as the bird swings around for another attack-very menacing. A worthy runner up-excellent image Brian"

Arctic Skua

Highly Commended- Tony Drew: Marsh Harrier-France

"Although not close up, some photographers might have not bothered, BUT the image captures the moment, you can almost hear the frantic calls of the gulls mobbing the Marsh Harrier-well done Tony"

Marsh Harrier

  • Best Non Bird (Landscape) photograph outside SK58

First Place-Sue Cullen: Early Morning -Clumber Park

"This was clearly a well thought out and planned image. The frost and contrast of the tree almost makes it feel like a B&W, but the people lift the image, great composition-stunning, well done Sue"

Clumber Park

Runner Up- Tony Drew: Moonlight over Tassay-France

"We loved the warm light and contrast of the rough brick of the building against the dark velvety sky & moonlight. You can almost "hear" the eerie silence-great image Tony"

Moonlight over tassay

Highly Commended- Alan Bradford: Portree Harbour-Isle of Skye

"We liked the colours and composition, although if the twig on the right had been removed the plants on the left would have made a nice lead in-but non the less, a vibrant, well thought out image-Well done Alan"

Portree

  • Best Non Bird (Natural History) photograph outside SK58

First Place-Jan Jarrold: Polar Bear--Somewhere Cold

The judges loved this image from the start. "It's an amazing subject, it's technically superb, pin sharp, well exposed with the wet fur of the bear contrasting with the snow as well as the texture of the rock-Next years entrants will have to go a long way to beat the quality of this-very much a worthy winner-Congratulations Jan"

Polar Bear

Runner Up- Jan Jarrold: Iguana--Somewhere Warm

"Jan's done it again, another great image, great composition, well exposed and another great subject-another worthy runner up-Great image Jan".

Iguana

Highly Commended- Jenny Drew: Poppy-Flamborough Head

"Another Poppy, but a great close up, technically good, pin sharp and the soft focus background bringing out the delicate structure and colour of the petals. Great image Jenny""

Poppy


With "Best Photograph Overall" awarded to:

Jan Jarrold: Polar Bear

Polar Bear


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