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Judges Writeup

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With so many wildlife photographers on ePHOTOzine we knew that the animals theme would create a good response, and just short of 1000 entries came through, with some incredible shots to choose from.
The shortlist was picked and then we had the tough job of going through to pick the three winners. We had four judges and in the end we decided (in no particular order - our competition system has no option to not set a place so they appear 1st 2nd and 3rd but they are not) on the following:

phil-j's shot taken at a zoo is an incredibly well timed shot that shows the interaction of animals on both sides of the glass. We like the way the animals are almost mirrored creating a strong diagonal through the photo.

csurry's shot would have been a difficult one to expose well and is a well balanced shot. We like the way the red squirrel is disturbing the snow as he runs and those flakes are caught mid air giving the shot a more action packed feel.

backbeat's shot is a superb manipulation of two apes all subtly toned to give a moody feel. Reminds us of the opening scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey. If Kubrick had filmed it like this the epic would have looked even more atmospheric.

The three winners each receive a Fuji F70EXR compact camera and go on to accept the Chester Zoo challenge.

Winners

The two Kings1st - phil_j
The two Kings
The Get Away2nd - csurry
The Get Away
Cousins3rd - backbeat
Cousins

Shortlisted Entries

Mischiefmcgovernjon
Mischief
The Need to Feedterry_cavner
The Need to Feed
Stag in the MistWildLight
Stag in the Mist
Timeless FlightWildLight
Timeless Flight
American Bald Eaglepaulrosser
American Bald E...
In the pinkAngi_Wallace
In the pink
Polar bear familymarkhearn
Polar bear family
Meadow Kitepaulcompton
Meadow Kite
Orang Utansdunfr
Orang Utans
Puffin with grassJohn_Wannop
Puffin with grass
Stay Away !Psin
Stay Away !
Gorillawollaton
Gorilla
Yorkie having funTimHar
Yorkie having fun
White tailed sea eagleEnmark
White tailed se...
I'm Fantastic Mr Fox!jacquim9990
I'm Fantastic M...
Mother and Pupdcottis
Mother and Pup
Golden Lightclintnewsham
Golden Light
Solitudeclintnewsham
Solitude
Cousinsbackbeat
Cousins
"Ollie"Rayw
"Ollie"
Puffin with EelsWilko58
Puffin with Eels
PebbleRosePhoto
Pebble
Roryslavetomads
Rory
hot ashes for treesScaramanga
hot ashes for t...
May Puffincolmac1763
May Puffin
Zebraicphoto
Zebra
Mare and foaltrucker
Mare and foal
Red Stagpaulrosser
Red Stag
The Watchersjken
The Watchers
Gloria 2AEasthope67
Gloria 2
PenguinSteinmachine
Penguin
MobilePixel_Pirate
Mobile
LizardGlynn
Lizard
Reach The Unreachableportia27493
Reach The Unrea...
Feeding TimePhlodge
Feeding Time
The two Kingsphil_j
The two Kings
A little bird told mephil_j
A little bird t...
Coal Tit in Snowcsurry
Coal Tit in Snow
Drinking Lionspurplecloud
Drinking Lions
Great Grey Owldavid357
Great Grey Owl
Little LemurRob_W
Little Lemur
When good pets go bad...thearmsofvenusdemilo
When good pets ...
Sympathetic Snapperappysnappy
Sympathetic Sna...
Posing Seal PupPhilSimo
Posing Seal Pup
Curiosity of youthmarktudor
Curiosity of youth
Skomer Puffingeoffrey baker
Skomer Puffin
Squirrel with conkerkillbill
Squirrel with c...
Afternoon napJamesAppleton
Afternoon nap
Catch me if you candathersmith
Catch me if you...
Smoking can damage your health....HUMIE
Smoking can dam...
The Get Awaycsurry
The Get Away
Lazy Pigwoodlark
Lazy Pig
untitled (G)aleksey21
untitled (G)
Flyingk9
Flying