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, White and I’m All Over This' Are zebras hard to photograph – no. Are Burchell’s zebras endangered – no. Is this a worthy winner - massively. This is superbly executed, brilliantly crop…
'You hum it I’ll take it.' Wow, this is one top bird. Delay on the wings, sensational background, this photographer entered a few this month, all were good, all were different, but the neon-like li…
Midnight sun and some photographic midnight oil. Light: sensational, composition: superb (breaks the rules as the book says ‘portrait’ ). Do I wish I had taken it? That’s a given. Do I wish I wa…
“It is always easy to criticise and if I was nit-picking I would say the top is cut off a little but this dazzling shot speaks of graft and sweat: critical characteristics of any good wilderness sho…