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It's not surprising we had a great response to the them nature as we have many incredible nature photographers as members of ePHOTOzine. So with a record number of entries picking a shortlist was a time consuming, but enjoyable experience.
We narrowed down the entries to include a broad selection of genres in nature and then set to pick the winner.
After much deliberation we chose Paul Cook's Damselfly being pursued by a swallow. The shallow depth of field ensures only the main point of focus attracts our eye. The action stopping shutter speed has froze the damselfly and swallow mid flight. A superb environmental nature shot, showing natures food chain in process.
Paul wins a 12 mega pixel Samsung WB550.
We gave second place to Cole for his beautiful portrait of a Snakehead fritallary shot from a low angle with a wide aperture to make it stand out from the contrasting colour background. Drops of rain water add to the lushness giving a super Spring feel. Cole wins a Samsung PL50.
Third place goes to Adam Burton who's Icescape really send shivers down your spine. Well balance with foreground and distant elements to give a pleasing postcard view of this magical location. Adam wins a Samsung PL65.
Highly Recommended: Taken by Geoff Simpson for his action packed Osprey with trout. Geoff photographed this against the last rays of sunlight in the Scottish Highlands. The back-lighting gives a wonderful rim light around the subject and a warm glow.