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Animals - Stealth Gear Photographic Competition

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Judges Writeup

Prize

http://www.stealth-gear.com/

Sponsor

http://www.stealth-gear.com/

With hundreds of active wildlife photographers posting images weekly on ePHOTOzine it wasn't surprising we would receive a high number of quality entries for this competition with its animals theme.

As well as lots of regulars the entries comprised some new names and new images too and the judging was an interesting challenge.
We hope you like the shortlist, and the eight winners picked from there.

Our first place goes to karryp for an high impact action shot of horses running through water. The splashes and action is frozen in time and the angle and tight crop adds that all important impact.

Second place goes to a remarkable action shot of a blue tit about to land by bluetitboy. Framed by the berries which add colourful contrast to the scene and caught as the wings are outstretched. Flash giving a subtle glow to the movement.

Seems like action caught the judge's eye, as third place by Coleslaw is also a fast moving shot, this time of a dog  hurdling through snow. Perfect timing and pin point focusing have helped bring a shot with incredible quality.

Fourth place goes to regular competition winner csurry a wolf in Finland, that's technically perfect in every way. Great use of a long lens and shallow depth-of-field.


Fifth place is an atmospheric sunrise shot of deer with breath picked up by the backlit scene from dunfr.  


An interesting mono shot from gstamenko where the animal is a smaller part of the scene but the contrast of the fluffy dog and the rugged backdrop work really well.

LoulouBeavers focuses in close on a pair of wolves and the tight framing and angle gives a photo with impact that takes seventh place.

Eighth place is taken by Strakova, a black cat paws at a wasp as it passes by. This shot catches a playful glimpse that we rarely see on camera but are often amused by in real life.

Be sure to enter our December competition and our Christmas Newsletter Prize Draw to be in with a chance of winning over £24,000 worth of Prizes.

Winners

Charge !1st - karryp
Charge !
Blue Boy2nd - bluetitblue
Blue Boy
Snow Cocker3rd - Coleslaw
Snow Cocker
Wolf4th - csurry
Wolf
Deer in Bradgate Park5th - dunfr
Deer in Bradgat...
BUS-guard6th - gstamenko
BUS-guard
Wolves7th - LoulouBeavers
Wolves
Catching a wasp8th - Strakova
Catching a wasp

All Entries

Humphrey's PortraitBeth22
Humphrey's Port...
Horse by TwilightPaulLiley
Horse by Twilight
TouchdownPaulLiley
Touchdown
Red Grousermccombe
Red Grouse
Great Spotted Woodpecker in Snowrmccombe
Great Spotted W...
Songbird Silhouettemrspinchy
Songbird Silhou...
Highlanderww2spitfire
Highlander
Sitting and WaitingBryn_Jones
Sitting and Wai...
Equines at PlayRobert_Malcolm
Equines at Play
GlossRobert_Malcolm
Gloss
Stalking .. for prey,,ttaylorwood
Stalking .. for...
grizzly mother and cub , yellow stone national park.nikon_nat
grizzly mother ...
Lovesimonwilliams
Love
Lethal FelineKCstrickland
Lethal Feline
Lethal FelineKCstrickland
Lethal Feline
fanily of pigs near rothbury northumberlandporgie
fanily of pigs ...
Mealtimesspud18
Mealtimes
The Chasebeckacambell
The Chase
Road Blockmrjboyle
Road Block
grey heronossca
grey heron
White Tigerspotty_dragon
White Tiger
Harefletchphoto
Hare
Goldfinchfletchphoto
Goldfinch
Meowdmold
Meow
Sad MeercatMarco_Fiori
Sad Meercat
Charming SquirrelMarco_Fiori
Charming Squirrel
nibble them nutswildchef
nibble them nuts
caught !!fudgy
caught !!
Whooper CranesAndrew_Hurley
Whooper Cranes
Just landingAndrew_Hurley
Just landing
I Dare YouPippaDee
I Dare You
Pigeons in the parkEmmamariephotography
Pigeons in the ...
Predatorjulianora
Predator
Pronepcwillows
Prone
You Cheeky Monkeypcwillows
You Cheeky Monkey
waterside warmthwildchef
waterside warmth