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Kent's wildlife in pictures

PUBLISHED: 08:27 04 December 2015 | UPDATED: 08:27 04 December 2015

1st place fauna category: cat barn owl at sunrise, by Nigel Morley

1st place fauna category: cat barn owl at sunrise, by Nigel Morley

Nigel Morley

Photographers of all ages have shown off their natural talents in the Kent Wildlife Trust Wildlife Photography Competition for 2015.

The winners

This is the eighth competition organised by Kent Wildlife Trust and has attracted some 380 images over the four categories. Trophies and prizes were presented to the winners at a special awards evening in November hosted by the competition’s sponsors, The Barnyard Restaurant & Farm Shop in Upchurch.

Kent resident, Phil Hurst, formerly of the Natural History Museum Photographic Unit and now a freelance photographer and tutor, headed up the judging panel. He said: “The majority of entries were quite outstanding, which demonstrates yet again that amateur photographers, even when using unsophisticated cameras, can achieve quite remarkable results.

“I was particularly impressed and encouraged by the standard set by the youngsters in the Junior Category. However, reaching a decision on the final selection was, to say the least, challenging! Well done to all those who took part.”

FAUNA CATEGORY

1st place: Nigel Morley, Smarden: 
Barn Owl at Sunrise

Phil said: “An iconic image of a wonderful bird with great light. The composition gives the bird room to fly into - keeping your eye within the image.”

2nd place: Laura Goode, Crowborough: Ducklings

3rd place: Jason Steel, Bexleyheath: Swollen-thighed beetle

FLORA CATEGORY

1st place: Chris Moncrieff, Maidstone: Wood anemone in Quarry Wood

Phil said: “A difficult type of image to pull off, with good use of the negative space showing this delicate flower off to its best.”

2nd place: Selwyn Dennis, Rainham: Bluebell abstract

3rd place: Nigel Morley, Smarden: Sunlit wood anemones in ancient woodland

LANDSCAPE, CoASTAL 
AND PEOPLE CATEGORY

1st place: Andrew Hayes, Rochester: Midley Church Ruins (Romney Marsh)

Phil said: “What can I say? As soon as I saw this I was taken aback; excellent technique and a great subject with the Milky Way as a backdrop.”

2nd place: David Jenner, East Peckham: The Bridge in the Mist

3rd place: Nigel Morley, Smarden: 
Modern world meets the old (Dungeness fishing boat)

JUNIOR CATEGORY

1st place: Charlie Manuell, 
Sittingbourne: Autumn leaf

Phil said: “A fitting image for the time of year. Well seen and well photographed; sharp and full of detail, with a pleasing composition.”

2nd place: Rabiah Singh, Upstreet:

Reculver Fort

3rd place: James Welch, Crowborough: Sedge warbler

FIND OUT MORE

All 12 winning photos can be viewed at www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/discover-learn/wildlife-photography-competition-2015

If you would like to enter next year’s competition, then entry forms will be available online or by emailing info@kentwildlife.org.uk or from our Visitor Centres as from March 2016.

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