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ePHOTOzine member wins Countryfile competition - ePHOTOzine member picked as the overall winner of the Countryfile photographic competition.

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Countryfile Photographic Competition 2009 winner
Photo by Cheryl Surry.
ePHOTOzine member, Cheryl Surry has won the BBC's Countryfile Photographic Competition.

The picture, Snowy Squirrel, was taken near Kincraig in Scotland, a location Cheryl's  particularly fond of because of the red squirrels that can be found there.

'Wild and Wonderful' was this year's theme, and Countryfile received 31,322 entries, three times as many as last year. Judges said the standard of entries was very high but, in the end, Countryfile viewers liked Cheryl's image the best.

I only found out I won at the same time as everyone else so it was quite a surprise,” said Cheryl. “I had figured that the winner would already know as they tend to film a piece with them so I was watching the show just to see what image people had voted for.

Cheryl doesn't really enter that many competitions as she usually forgets, misses the deadline or just doesn't have the time to get herself organised. She only actually sent the entry for this competition the day before the closing date!

I did think long and hard about it and eventually figured I had nothing to lose! I also wanted to do my bit for a worthwhile charity,” explained Cheryl.

Two main factors influenced her competition entry choice: how cute the image was and the time of year the photograph was taken. As cute images did particularly well in the past and because Cheryl believed there would be proportionally less images entered for the winter months, a red squirrel, being an icon of British wildlife and in a winter setting had to have a chance of making an impact on the judging panel and as the results show, it did!

Cheryl's image will now feature in next year's Countryfile calendar.

Congratulations Cheryl!



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Comments

Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1218416 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2009 - 12:25 PM

Another comment place to offer our congratulations Wink
Well done you. Glad I HC'd the pic, and I think the EC is even stronger.

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tj
tj ePHOTOzine Staff 111879 forum poststj vcard England
6 Oct 2009 - 12:38 PM

Well done Cheryl! You must be chuffed to bits! Smile

nik111
nik111 ePHOTOzine Staff 6311 forum postsnik111 vcard United Kingdom
6 Oct 2009 - 1:11 PM

Well done! Smile

Metalhead
Metalhead  61862 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2009 - 1:46 PM

I'll offer my congratulations here as I didn't on the many forum topics!

Well done Cheryl!

elkiebrooks
6 Oct 2009 - 2:19 PM

Very well done. All the images featured in the calendar are of a very high standard so to be chosen as the winner makes this photo even more special.

Britman
Britman  71669 forum posts England
6 Oct 2009 - 3:16 PM

Well done, it's a great picture.

JJGEE
JJGEE  96097 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2009 - 4:43 PM


Quote: Cheryl's image will now feature in next year's Countryfile calendar.

From what I saw on the programme it is actually on the front cover, no less Smile

Last Modified By JJGEE at 6 Oct 2009 - 4:44 PM
Les_G
Les_G  6148 forum posts Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2009 - 5:04 PM

many congratulations! fab image and a deserving winner.

IanA
IanA  103048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2009 - 7:44 PM

Vote not wasted then! Wink

csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2009 - 8:11 PM

Thanks all. I'm having trouble keeping up wth all the emails, PMs, phone calls, etc.

Only one problem as I can see the image in this piece as of 20:09 on Tuesday is not the right one Wink

And yes you are right I do have some better images of the reds in the snow - I'm not that silly to hand over a share of the rights to my best squirrel images Grin

Last Modified By csurry at 6 Oct 2009 - 8:12 PM
User_Removed
6 Oct 2009 - 8:35 PM


Quote: I'm not that silly to hand over a share of the rights to my best squirrel images

Damn right!

The one with his little 'pinky' on show is a worth a hell of a lot more!!

Wink

riprap007
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2009 - 5:19 PM


Quote:
And yes you are right I do have some better images of the reds in the snow - I'm not that silly to hand over a share of the rights to my best squirrel images

Smile said like the best professional!

BarbaraR
BarbaraR  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2009 - 7:41 PM

Many Congrats to you Cheryl.
Super Smile

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