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Animals - Stealth Gear Photographic Competition

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Judges Writeup





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.

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

All Entries

goats on the roof  cafeporgie
goats on the ro...
Just watchingcrazylady
Just watching
Feeding time!crazylady
Feeding time!
Thirsty Workdanielizod
Thirsty Work
Hello Beautifuldanielizod
Hello Beautiful
cane corsoghosts
cane corso
Ruffled Feathersjholiday
Ruffled Feathers
Spoonbill Flightjholiday
Spoonbill Flight
Dugong feedingPaul_Vinten
Dugong feeding
Garden VisitorGypsyman
Garden Visitor
A Jellyfishcharliee
A Jellyfish
Silverback Male GorillaJerry1963
Silverback Male...
Cheeky Chappie... but he doesn't know much about insurance!Jerry1963
Cheeky Chappie....
Higher Groundcharliee
Higher Ground
Land Iguanacats_123
Land Iguana
I'm King of the Castlecats_123
I'm King of the...
feed mekilowatt
feed me
Two deer silhouettedcarbonbianchi
Two deer silhou...
Portrait of a kingcarbonbianchi
Portrait of a king
peak a boosully
peak a boo
an apple a daybetsy197
an apple a day
No Place Like HomeMonicalee
No Place Like Home
On the prowlmillieBell
On the prowl
Nose For The JobZOPPO
Nose For The Job
Sitting Prettyemilysimpson143
Sitting Pretty
Beads in Black and Whitejondavies1983
Beads in Black ...
Hunting for pollen,,,cam587
Hunting for pol...
Josie and the HoseQuietguy
Josie and the Hose
Hen PheasantRO51WHO
Hen Pheasant
Hen PartyRO51WHO
Hen Party