Club Night, Results of Browell Trophy - Tuesday 12th December 2017.

Visiting on Tuesday 12th December 2017 was guest judge Mike Allport, a member of Wooler & District Camera Club
who announced the results of The Browell Trophy Natural History PDI Competition, giving comments on each image
submitted, which he had previously perused at his home over the past few weeks. Mike began by saying that he had
worked in outdoor education for 30 years so he was very familiar with wildlife, adding that the pictures he had been
given to judge were excellent and the photographers had to be congratulated on their ability.

Included in the fifty seven entries were butterflies, grey and red squirrels with nuts, an arctic tern in flight, and shags
with chicks, with Mike giving advice on alternative cropping along the way. He added that it was important in natural
history photography to catch eye highlights in birds and creatures and to achieve a satisfactory depth of field, throwing
the background into softness to give prominence to the subject. A Cambodian dragonfly, Geese in flight, grey herons,
mating terns followed, with Mike confirming that sharpness in the plumage of black and white birds is very difficult and
can result in blown out whites and silhouetted blacks. A baby elephant with its family contrasted with an image of dark
pink fuchsias and a buff tailed bumblebee laden with pollen. A fluffy gosling, a peacock butterfly on thistles, a fulmar
chick on a cliff edge and red and black stink bugs in sharp detail came next.

Mike admired the use of the square format in many of the images saying that one should not always be tied to the
landscape and portrait format and also in his opinion the use of borders work in some instances but not all. A Nyala
antelope, a South American grey fox, spiders, seals, puffins, water lilies, a tufty young ostrich, a mute swan with
cygnets and red fungi were all included.

In deciding on his final nine placed photographs, Mike said that he had to whittle them down from his initial choice of
eighteen favourites. His four highly commended choices were Greater Spotted Woodpecker by George Sudlow; Red 2,
an image of a red squirrel by Ken Godfrey; Jackdaw by Mark Harrison and Fly Agaric in habitat by Davy Bolam.

1st   2nd   3rd

Fifth place went to Alan Barker for First Flight, a delightful trio of young blue tits with comical expressions; fourth place
went to Alan Barker with Dipper, a well caught image of a Dipper on rocks with a milky waterfall in the background;
Grub up by George Sudlow came third, a highly detailed robin with grubs in its beak, second place went to Brian Morris
with Wild Garlic, a study of a woodland garlic flower, which Mike admired for its good use of light. He then declared the
winner of the 2017 Browell Trophy Natural History competition to be Skein of Canada Geese over Aln Estuary by Paul
Appleby, which he admired for its composition, set on the rule of thirds and which Mike said he would happily display
this on a wall. Chairman Mark Harrison thanked Mike for judging the competition and for his constructive comments,
after which coffee was served.