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  • Little Black Cormorant

    Little Black Cormorant.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Pallid Cuckoo

    Pallid Cuckoo.   Photographer: Sandy Castle

  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

    Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Australasian Grebe

    Australasian Grebe.   Photographer: Doug Castle

  • Crested Tern

    Crested Tern.   Photographer: Con Boekel

This year the President has asked the Advanced Level Mystery Reviewers to pay a little more attention to technical issues without losing sight of the visual, aesthetic, creative, intellectual and emotional appeal of competition images.

This competition produced many wonderful entries, and trying to select my six favourites was extremely difficult, and resulted in a high degree of procrastinating on my part.  It was very encouraging to see excellent shooting technique being deployed by so many photographers, getting down and dirty, well, sandy anyway. It is not coincidental that many of the strongest images in this competition were taken at low level.

Once again it is a privilege to be asked to comment on the entries to a Birdlife Photography competition.  Once again the standard was such that it was difficult to pick a winner, and in the end it came down to some basic criteria that often combine to make a great photograph, and in particular a successful bird image.

It has given me great pleasure to view and critique the images for this competition.  There were many fine images that must have taken a lot of time and patience to acquire; my congratulations to the photographers.

It was an utter pleasure to see such fine work being produced by many photographers in Birdlife Photography.  I found the standard very high but it did make the job of selecting the winner a difficult one though.  I started with a very long ‘shortlist’ containing nearly a quarter of the images entered and carefully scored them, eventually settling on 8 images.  Well done to all who entered as you have contributed to an excellent gallery of photos.

With the relative ease of access to birds in our populated environs, this category enjoyed a bumper number of entries.  Gardens, walkways, rooftops, parks, feeder trays and even signposts were fair game for our enterprising entrants in this competition category in an attempt to grab a pic to match the topic.  The competitive spirit was fierce and it was a group of well constructed, sharply focused images that made the final group for this category.


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