|"Red Squirrel" by Paul Stuart|
Congratulations to Paul Stuart who wins our photo of the year 2017 with this lovely portrait of one of our red squirrels. Paul's image was selected out of the 12 photos of the month to be our overall winner and win a photographic voucher to be used on one of our photo days here!
Paul's photograph was selected from the 12 by professional wildlife photographer Bob Brind-Surch. Bob has been a wildlife photographer for most of his life, and teaches others about both photography and the animals he photographs through his workshops under "Natures Photos." A great photographer, a brilliant teacher and just an all round nice bloke! He describes himself as "foremost a naturalist that photographs what he observes rather than a photographer that specialises in wildlife. This is very important to me"... and it shows during his workshops at the Centre, where Bob is just as passionate about the animals he is photographing as the photography itself, and seems to enjoy sharing this knowledge with his clients too.
"Thanks so much for asking me to judge these photos, there are some great ones there. You have asked me for my favourite and that was very difficult as there are a number of excellent photos... but after much deliberation I have chosen the squirrel on the vertical branch by Paul Stuart."
"He (Paul) has framed this superbly with the vertical branch travelling bottom left to top right, whilst conventional composition rules say it ought to be the other diagonal this approach draws the viewer's attention up along the branch and to the squirrel and especially it's face and amazing ear tufts which are perfectly sharp, as are its whiskers. Try flipping the photo horizontally and you will see what I mean. The management of the focus either deliberately or in post-production is great blurring the trunk to the left and making the edge of the photo form a great boundary to hold the photo together, and the blurring of the tail with a shallow depth of field again draws your eye to the face and ear tufts - the key parts of the squirrel." - Bob Brind-Surch
Scroll down to see 2018's photographs chosen for "Photo of the Month"...
|"Basil the Fox" by Christine Sweet|
|"Water Vole" by Robert North|
|"Yellow-neck Mouse" by Helen Hooker|
|"Polecats in Hammock" by Nicholas Armitt|
|"European Adder" by Fay Saunders|
|"Tawny Owl in Bluebells" by Shaun Jackson|
|"Molly the Weasel" by Dave Burden|
|"Albus the Red Deer Stag" by Vicky Inseal|
|"Harvest Mouse" by Marco Cinnirella|
|"Red Squirrel" by Barry Doolan|