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
Perhaps I am biased, well, with tigers of course I am but this is a superb shot. To get a tiger near water is good but to catch the exact moment it walks adjacent to this lake, its far paw inches from…
Star trails near Telouet -This is a technically superb shot. The exposure has to be about two hours, the direction due south and all the focus done manually. The lighting is also right on the money. M…
Sometimes I have to admit to bias and this was taken on a recent Sri Lanka safari I was lucky enough to lead; however having spent hours with all of the entries this month, it is a clear winner. Green…
The adjective 'original' seldom goes with the Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed building on the planet. It may even be dangerous to apply it here, but this is a stunning photo whatever the crit…