Countryfile Photographic Competition 2009

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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Pete 20 18.8k 97 England
6 Oct 2009 12:25PM
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.
tj Plus
18 2.2k England
6 Oct 2009 12:38PM
Well done Cheryl! You must be chuffed to bits! Smile
6 Oct 2009 1:11PM
Well done! Smile
Metalhead 14 1.9k 2 England
6 Oct 2009 1:46PM
I'll offer my congratulations here as I didn't on the many forum topics!

Well done Cheryl!
GraceC 18 83 5 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2009 2:19PM
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 15 1.7k England
6 Oct 2009 3:16PM
Well done, it's a great picture.
JJGEE 16 8.0k 18 England
6 Oct 2009 4:43PM

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
Les_G 14 148 4 Scotland
6 Oct 2009 5:04PM
many congratulations! fab image and a deserving winner.
IanA 18 3.0k 12 England
6 Oct 2009 7:44PM
Vote not wasted then! Wink
csurry 19 9.2k 92
6 Oct 2009 8:11PM
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
User_Removed 17 17.9k 8 Norway
6 Oct 2009 8:35PM

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!!

riprap007 17 1.6k 37 England
7 Oct 2009 5:19PM

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 15 1.2k 1 England
11 Oct 2009 7:41PM
Many Congrats to you Cheryl.
Super Smile


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