Photo Competition 2015

Photographic Competition RESULTS!

We are pleased to announce the results of our 2015 'moorland and wildlife' photo competition:

Winning image by Malcolm Mee

The overall winner, picked from a large volume of excellent entries was this stunning image of a short-eared owl alighting on a fence post in golden evening sunlight; taken by Malcolm Mee.

The judges said of the winning photo:

“A golden light falling on this stunning Short-eared owl was what made this shot stand out. Isolated against the clear blue sky, with the moor in the distance, puts this awesome hunter in context with its landscape. A cracking shot!” Wildlife Kate (Kate MacRae)

“A lovely image with gorgeous light that sets it out. The use of the landscape helps to anchor it and give it context.” Paul Hobson

Malcolm explained how he achieved his image: “I have been visiting the same location for four years trying to get shots of this daytime hunter - I stay in my car as it makes a perfect hide. Finally the owl landed briefly on a post on the other side of the road giving me just enough time to get the portrait that I was looking for”.

Runners up:

The judges also commended the following runner-up entries:

Brent Hardy

Red Deer by Brent Hardy

Paul Gibbs

Mountain hare by Paul Gibbs

Mary Wilde

Water vole by Mary Wilde

Steve Green

Mandarin ducks by Steve Green

Mary Wilde

Brown hare by Mary Wilde

You can see a flickr album containing larger versions of the winning and runner up pictures with comments from the judges.

You can also browse a flickr album of all 25 shortlisted photos here.


A touring display of the winning, runner up and selected short-list photos will be available to view throughout the next few months at the following locations:

Bakewell Visitor Centre: February 8 – 21
Long Eaton Library: February 22 – March 6
Castleton Visitor Centre:  March 7 – 28
Marsden National Trust Visitor Centre: March 29 – April 11
Sheffield Eccleshall Woodland Discovery Centre: April 14 – 24
University of Huddersfield Library: April 25 – May 8
Gallery Oldham: May 9 – June 2
Heptonstall Museum: June 3 – 27 (weekends)

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