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Natural history competition

Report by Marjorie Burge

Wonderful Natural History Trophy Competition on Friday 6th December with June Sharpe ARPS of Deal & District Camera Club judging. Amazing images entered by our photographers – we really do have some of the best natural history photographers in Kent at APS. It is always difficult when images come from such a varied mix but June was an ideal judge. There was no hint of preference or favouritism between images taken in the extreme wild devouring their kill and those taken in the English countryside eating elderberries, nor between plantlife and wildlife. June’s knowledge of the subject goes well beyond judging, and many of the images triggered memories of her own wildlife encounters and she shared a lot of deep background information collected along the way. Having prints and pdi’s enables more images to be chosen but even so June had great difficulty in deciding which ones had to be left behind and which taken forward. She was however quite clear in her choice of Martin Till’s image to win the trophy, and for Bob Devine to win the Action Trophy. It was an entertaining evening and an excellent competition.


1st Anthony Wright with Wood Anemone

2nd Nicholas Hill with Leopard Separating Springbok Head from Torso

3rd George Pearson with Who is Looking at Who?


1st Martin Till with Female Red Deer on High Alert

2nd Phil Drury with Female Kingfisher with Young to Feed

3rd Bob Devine with Kestrel Takes Great Tit

Bill Waters Natural History Trophy to Martin Till with Female Red Deer on High Alert.  Action Trophy to Bob Devine with Kestrel Takes Great Tit.

Next Friday, 13th December, is our last open evening before our Christmas Break when David Jenner will be showing his photography under the title of ‘Night and Day Panoramas, plus portfolio’. Visitors always welcome.  Members only for our Christmas Social on Friday 20th December and then we return on Friday 3rd January 2020.