British Wildlife Photography Awards - 2012
I was thrilled to have one of my photos shortlisted in the prestigious BWPA competition. The photograph in question is of a great crested grebe and was entered into the habitat category.
I had gone to a local lake for the sunrise after a cold and clear night. The lake was bathed in mist which came to life when the sun rose above the trees. I deliberately kept the grebe small in the frame to show it in this glorious environment.
Tumbhi Nature & Wildlife Special Competition - 2012
I was very pleased that two of my photographs made the final shortlist of 46 entries in the Tumbhi Nature & wildlife Special competition. The competition attracted over 12,000 entries and in the final placings my photo of a red deer at sunset was one of three highly commended entries.
I photographed the red deer one evening when cloud cover was quickly obscuring the horizon. Fortunately the deer appeared on the crest of a hill when there was still a slither of clear sky which was bathed in fiery colours.
The red grouse allowed me to get quite close after moving quietly for several minutes. I then waited until it settled down where the background was complimentary.
Judge's comment: Another masterpiece of an image. The glow of an evening sky, the dark mass of the foreground superbly balanced by the dark of the skies immediately above, and the silhouetted form of the stag... All of it makes for a heady composition. HIGHLY COMMENDED.
Judge's comment: A superb capture of a Red Grouse peeping out of the grass and herbage, wonderfully out of focused in ideal light so as to highlight the bird.
Wildlife Extra Competition - 2010
Three of my deer photographs were fortunate enough to be shortlisted in the mammals category of the Wildlife Extra competition. I'm very lucky to live near Lyme Park which has beautiful collections of both red and fallow deer. I normally visit the location either early in the morning or late in the evening when the light is at its best.