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September 2015

 

 

Winter Beech Trees, A different perspective

 

'Winter Beech Trees, A different perspective' 2015 British Wildlife Photography Awards - Highly Commended.

September was a month with a few notable successes. Having chosen not to enter the British Wildlife Photography Awards competition in 2014, I was delighted when I heard that I'd had 5 images shortlisted in 2015.  

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During September, I was very pleased to attend the awards ceremony and see Winter Beech Trees amongst the winning and highly commended images.  

I used a wide-angle lens, and lay on my back on the woodland floor, hand holding the camera.  I liked the way that the gaps appeared between the trees when the wind blew.  I waited until I saw the spaces in the canopy before I pressed the shutter

A second image, 'Stag in Wintry Woods', taken at Alvie Estate last winter, was not only published in 'BWPA Collection 6' but also made the rear cover.

In winter, wild red deer make their way cautiously through the woodlands of the Monadhliath Mountains for a daily supplementary feed. It was freezing cold. Wind-blown snow coated the sides of the trees. My aim was to keep the approaching stag as a small element in the wintry landscape.

 

Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition 158

Nearly 5,000 images were submitted from 56 countries around the world.  100 prints are included in the final Exhibition, including 'Fighting Brown Bears'

The no-man's land between Russia and Finland provides a safe corridor of land for a number of northern Europe's most impressive and threatened predators.  I'd been locked into my tiny hide at 5.30pm and would be there until 07.30am keeping watch all night, hoping to see bears. Mist formed and swirled round the clearing in the ancient Taiga forest. I first heard and then saw the two young bears appearing through the mist and coming towards me. They were fighting. They came closer and closer. The fight lasted about 5 minutes with few pauses for rest before they reared up onto their hind legs and carried on.

Nearly 5,000 imaages were submitted from 56 countries around the world and just over 400 were selected for shortlist by the selectors.  Two of my images were included in the short-list.

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