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  • Little Pied Cormorant

    Little Pied Cormorant.   Photographer: Ian Wilson

  • Gouldian Finch

    Gouldian Finch.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Red Wattlebird

    Red Wattlebird.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Australasian Grebe

    Australasian Grebe.   Photographer: Judy Leitch

The most photographed species was the Crested Pigeon.  Most images displayed an appreciation of the subtle tones of the underparts in particular.  Curved crests, fluffed feathers and interesting Crested Pigeon behaviours were successfully captured in many entries.  Technically, many of the images showed good approaches to using light.

The entries showed a good range of behaviours – perching, drinking, sunning, wing-stretch, flight, feeding, bathing, preening and allopreening.  Many of these effectively captured the jizz of the species concerned.

Our Mystery Reviewer for the Open category of the Our Iconic Parrots competition has chosen to reveal his identity - he is Ofer Levy.  In this competition he has chosen four images to review.

I commend all entrants for accepting the challenge in this first Entry Level competition for 2015.  Clearly, there is a range of technical expertise, which is to be expected in this category.  Two images were the stand-outs for me and one of these, Image #14717 was the clear winner in terms of its compositional elements and technical expertise.  A close second was Image #14467 followed by three other commended images; #14481, #14822 and #14482.

Despite the relatively small number of entries in this Entry Level Photographers competition, there were still some very strong images, and indeed all who entered should be proud of their work. Photography is a life-long learning process, and as long as you maintain the passion for your subject matter, the accumulated experience will inevitably result in ever-improving images.

Congratulations to the photographers who captured the images in this category of the competition.  Taking the theme for this competition into consideration and looking for a behaviour that is more difficult to capture, the winning entry is Image #15682.  Four other images, #15712, #15681, #15824, and #15680, are commended.

Once again, the standard of entries in this competition has been impressive, to say the least. With the competition being relatively non-prescriptive this time, in some ways it has been even harder for me to judge than the previous ‘Small in the Landscape’.  I’ve made my selections on very much a personal level, and for me aesthetics takes precedence over the strictly technical aspects of an image.

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