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By S_Boulding
Two Bull Elephants in a Game Reserve in Cape Town, South Africa
This is my entry into the Junior Competition

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: KarenFB, woollyback, GT_Steel and 14 more

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KarenFB Plus
14 5.5k 177 England
13 Aug 2009 11:28AM
Thank you Sarah! They are gorgeous!

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woollyback 14 50
13 Aug 2009 12:07PM

MrsS 13 4.5k 18 England
13 Aug 2009 1:24PM
They are wonderful! Super detail and great DoF Smile

Fran x
marco_delvalle1 11 46 1 Philippines
13 Aug 2009 2:16PM
Amazing, very dramatic.
13 Aug 2009 6:52PM
wow i am up agenst some compotion here well done i love it.
Herge88 Plus
13 40 6 England
13 Aug 2009 10:59PM
A good mono study, good luck with the competition.

Best Matt
MrsS 13 4.5k 18 England
14 Aug 2009 5:02PM
WINNER!!! Congrats, Sarah - -well done - enjoy the prize!

The competition was really strong and it is a cop out to say that so many were close to a prize, but I did spend close on two hours this morning reviewing all the images and making notes.

Anyway the winners are :-
5th Xander_H
4th lobo_verde
3rd littlejennywren
2nd foxtolbot
1st s_boulding

jamesr97: Good interaction which shows an eye for the important moment of animal behaviour

paigeb: good use of reflection of a colourful subject

lucykate: I just love those backlit leaves, a good exposure to not let those dominate

buzzybee: made me smile as well are all descended from Apes according to Darwin so why not classify humans as wildlife

lobo_verde: The patterns on the shell were a good choice of an abstract image, would have liked a tighter crop.

saxaphonium: You're very lucky to have been on a safari and I am glad that you appreciate that it is not always about the resulting image but sometimes about a shared moment with a wild animal. A good shot despite having the "wrong" lens

digitalgirl: The positioning of the hoverfly in the frame is very good. The fact you say they fly away whilst you are taking their picture is good training for a wildlife photographer

marco_delvalle1: Another that made me smile. I'm not sure I would want to be one of those three bathers with such a giant fish looming.

littlejennywren: Well what can I say, keep up this standard and you'll be giving celestun a run for his money.

s_boulding: This one struck me on first viewing and I returned to it a couple of times whilst I debated the winner. I like the differential focus between the two elephants. Also a good choice to make it B&W.

yaz: Another contender for a prize with an eye for the moment of impact

cameraboy: These are not as easy to photograph as people may think. Compositionally I like the diagonal of the body and leaf.

davidc123: An icon of the wild world and you have captured it in a relaxed yet dominant pose befitting the status in the animal kingdom.

coolcurt: How often we overlook common wildlife that is close to our homes. A good choice and I like the way the frame splits in to three sections of white, mid-tone and almost black.

foxtolbot: Another really good butterfly shot. A different angle from those normally posted and good to see the proboscis (hope I got that bit right)

abbylou: A robin as it should be seen in a wintery setting. Almost made a prize.

alianar: A good frame-filler this one. I like the complimentary leaves to the colouring of the butterfly.

xander_h: One mighty looking elephant, he contrasts well with the wall and sky and I think the image captures a good day for both of you

jonah794: Another close one here and it shows that patience pays dividends. A good motto for wildlife photographers

Wilmot: Another on the contender list. A red kite and a blue sky and you made the most of good conditions with this shot and a good composition to boot.

Wollyback: Two magnificient looking puffins and another contender giving my own preference for foreground blur which is well used here to concentrate attention on the puffins.
MrsS 13 4.5k 18 England
14 Aug 2009 5:03PM
BTW - - can you send me a Private Message with your address details, Sarah, so I can get Cheryl to send you the prize! Smile

Fran x
KarenFB Plus
14 5.5k 177 England
14 Aug 2009 5:06PM
Congratulations Sarah! Smile
blackbird 13 159 15 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2009 5:26PM
Congrats Smile this is lovely especially in b&w
woollyback 14 50
14 Aug 2009 5:35PM
Fantastic - well done

chase Plus
14 1.7k 419 England
14 Aug 2009 5:51PM
Well done Sarah,a good subject & B&W suited it very well.
S_Boulding 13 72 England
14 Aug 2009 5:55PM
Thankyou everyone Grin
paigeb 12 England
14 Aug 2009 6:01PM
Well done winning the competition Sarah,I like Elephants too,I saw some at the Zoo the other day.
foxtolbot 11 8 3 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2009 7:23PM
well done , i hadnt had chance to look at your picture and soon as i looked i saw what fran meant by it catches your eye and makes you want to relook at it time time again, well
done on winning.
yaz 11 18
15 Aug 2009 11:07AM
WOW well done
Your pictures amazing especcialy with all the elaphants details.
You desearved 2 win
jonah794 11 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 12:55PM
Congrats well done,
An excellent shot!
Certainly caught my eye too!


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