It appears that Charles Mountbatten-Windsor, the Prince of Wales, has a soft spot for sea turtles. And, this ‘soft spot’ is exactly what resulted in a personal meeting between Ashley Wee and the Prince of Wales. It was Ashley Wee, a Calgary photographer, snatched the top spot in the Commonwealth Environmental Photography Awards.
Ashley told www.citycardmanchester.co.uk that it was really a great experience. He was very kind. It was definitely an once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was very surreal, and it did not really sink in until she was standing right there beside him as he presented the award.
She met the Prince of Wales previous week after she was flown to a event at the historic Maritime Museum in Malta. The Out of The Blue, the contest sought photographs displaying the ocean, as taken by citizens of Commonwealth in a Commonwealth country — the aim being to draw attention to the sea’s vulnerability, along its economic importance.
Wee’s snapshot, named ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ shows the head of a sea turtle weakening from the ocean surface, as it surfaced to breathe — a photograph the judges termed a “a cry for the ocean and its creatures.”
Wee stated that the snapshot was really pure luck, clicked as she snorkeled with her family off the coast of Nassau. Having studied marine biology and dealt an undergraduate honors thesis on the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins, the twenty-six-year-old Wee was more than happy to see a pack of about 6 or 7 sea turtles swimming by, though she knew not to upset the endangered creatures.
Each year, top wildlife photos are chosen by a panel of judges to fix the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. A contest that started in 1965 still attracts the very best of wildlife snaps from across the world. The top hundred snaps are showcased across the world after it first appeared at the Natural History Museum in London.
50 years worth of snapshots to chose from has finally resulted in a magnificent collection which has been offered in a magnificent new book. The editor did not just offer a chronological presentation; instead he has selected themes to link the snapshots, like underwater images or aerial viewpoints. Within those selections, it is possible to see the evolution of various photographic approaches.
To have one snap selected to hit the book is impressive, but there are a number of photographers like Erlend Haarberg, Jim Brandenburg and Vincent Munier, who have several images included. Read more »
As spring is finally is finally round the corner, UK’s top wildlife research charity is asking amateur photographers to go outside and take a prize-winning picture of British wildlife or countryside. Organized by Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Julian Gardner Award is now in its 4th year and is handed to the photographer who has encapsulated the beauty and wonder of British nature most successfully.
The award is handed in 2 categories – adult as well as sixteen-and-under. Last year’s adult category champ was Shaun Barrow of Barnstaple, He took it for his dramatic snapshot of a cuckoo, when Mairi Eyres of Llangedwyn clicked the delicate photo of a beetle which won the sixteen-and-under category.
The competition would be judged by Laurie Campbell, award-winning wildlife photographer, Peter Thompson GWCT advisor, as well as GWCT publications editor Louise Shervington. The winner will be declared at CLA Game Fair 2015 this summer. Peter Thompson, offering his advice to probable entrants, told that at times the most amazing snaps are relatively simple, portraying an incredible landscape or spectacular individual species in its natural environment, allowing nature to show itself. Read more »
Today, Byron Dilkes, a Brit photographer, is named as the winner of United Kingdom National Award, which is a part of the Sony World Photography Awards 2015. Dilkes’ winning snapshot called ‘Tantalizingly Tropical’ was selected as the single best snapshot clicked by a Brit photographer got into any of the 10 Open classes of the Sony World Photography Awards this year, the largest photography contest of the world.
Elaborating the photo Dilkes, said that it was a blacktip reef shark moves via the edge of a retrieving coral reef in search of food. With this photo, she wanted to portray as many things of the exalted ‘tropical island’ as possible. The photo was mainly difficult to get, as it required the right combination of tide, good underwater visibility and calm surface conditions. At low tide he waded out with his underwater housing and perched on a large rock as he waited for the tide. On this particular day he perched on the rock for about 4 hours until the incoming tide threatened to sweep him off his feet.
Byron is a diver as well as a keen photographer presently based in Seychelles. His picture would be displayed as a part of Sony World Photography Awards exhibit 2015 at Somerset House in London from 24th April – 10th May 2015. Read more »