The task was simple... for each staff member to chose one image from the hundreds entered which they particularly liked. Not necessarily what they thought was the best, but one of their favourites. It proved a very difficult task but below is what was chosen.
The short-listing for each category is nearly complete, and next Monday will see the first blog post on the short-listed entries. First category to be announced will be the "Junior" category showcasing the talent of the 16 year olds and under which visit the Centre.
So, onto staff favourites...
Izzy, Keeper - "I like the way the motion of the wing is covering the owl, with just the eye visible between the feathers"
Rich, Keeper - "I really like this one because it shows off a wildcat really kicking ass!"
Leonie, Keeper - "I like the way it shows the movement of otter through the water and the way it has captured the spume"
Tom, Keeper - "I love the muted colours in this one and the way it accentuates the golden eyes of the owl"
Jean, Centre Manager - "The detail captured in the fur as the otter has just come out of the water is amazing"
Liza, Interpretation and Marketing - "I love how this photo shows Flo as she really is, always happy, full of life and enjoying being stroked and tickled by Matt"
Sid the Photographer
Mandy, Coffee Shop Manager - "This one just makes me smile every time I look at it. It is almost human like in pose, and reminds me of how I feel after a day at work"
Linda, Accounts - "A great pose. I have seen many of the squirrels like this, but this is my favourite"
Michael, General Maintenance - "It makes you look at it closer after a first glance. Then you can see it is an otter with good camouflage and in a really natural setting"
David, Owner - "I think this is a clever idea, and it has been done really well"
Matt, Head Keeper - "This one stood out to me as it shows two of my favourite girls, both looking very smug as they think they have just done a good flying display"
Don't forget to check out the blog on Monday for the short-listed entries for the "Junior" category.