Photo Competition Winner - December '10 by Clare Hunt and Ralph Snook
- Judged by
- Paul Goldstein
- Trip code
- Countries Visited
- Namibia, Kenya
- December 2010
Good collection of pictures this month and (as it’s nearly Christmas), two winners – Clare Hunt – Discover Namibia (Tripcode: AZN) and Ralph Snook – Kenya Photographic Safari (Tripcode: AYX)
Why are they winners?
Pelican cross - I could quibble about the ships on a none-too-straight horizon, I could also moan that the squabbled-for fish is not against the sky. I will not. This is the moment, a mid-air avian attack caught with precision, symmetry and no little humour. Top photo; my money's on the pelican to retrieve the spoils.
Wildebeest cross - They do cross, particularly this year in huge numbers. It is very difficult to get anything other than a record shot of this incredible phenomenon, yet here the photographer has gambled. I like gambling. It is bold and when it works it elevates the image to a higher sphere. By slowing the shutter speed right down, it screams movement. By managing to get a set of horns sharp in the centre amongst the spume, gives the picture direction. Very good punt, it paid off.
Previous Winning entries
Black and white is often used to hide a multitude of sins, but in this case it’s the right choice – colour simply wouldn’t do the same job of capturing the curls of smoke as they head up to the …
A photo of five giraffes is nothing special. This shows imagination and skill. It is not perfect by any means, the ripples in the water are too distracting and I really want the heads clearer, but giv…
“Many people spend weeks setting up thousands of £s worth of kit trying for that elusive hummingbird shot. Almost every photo taken of them is pretty, as by definition they are colourful birds. G…
With wildlife photos it is often easy to say “right place, right time” but you still have to get the exposure right, get it sharp and compose it properly (in this case, critically in portrait). Th…