August Photography Competition Results

Bill Jones

With the end of summer drawing ever nearer, our reserves have been awash with people wishing to make the most of the remaining summer weather. In turn, we have received a marvellous selection of amazing images, from right across our region, and its many spectacular nature reserves.

This month’s theme was Dragonflies and Damselflies, and to our delight we have received a plethora of truly terrific photographs. The images submitted have gloriously illustrated the majestic beauty of these intricate and delicate creatures. From impactful images of dragonflies perched upon the water’s edge, to damselflies radiating in the resplendent summer sun. We are overjoyed that so many people are continuing to get involved, and we hope that you have enjoyed photographing some of these truly magnificent images across our diverse array of nature reserves.

Out of 70 fabulous entries, and after much deliberation, Bill Jones ‘Common Darter’ was awarded first place.

Common Darter

Bill Jones

Our judge commented that ‘the outstanding level of detail captured within this image is truly breath-taking. Moreover the vivid colour which exudes from this photograph, offset against the more muted tones of the natural flora displayed, makes this image really stand out from the crowd.’

Little Dragonfly

Louise Bolton

In second place is Louise Bolton’s ‘Little Dragonfly’, our judge noted that ‘the depth and composition illustrated within this delightful image is unquestionably outstanding. In addition this photograph, demonstrates the spectacular level of intricacy and texture present within these spectacular little creatures. Alongside the outstanding level of enjoyment, these marvellous insects can provide for individuals of all ages.’

Blue - Tailed Damselfly

Andrew Butler

Finally in third place is Andrew Butler’s ‘Blue-tailed Damselfly’, our judged absolutely adored this image stating that ‘the presence and timing required to capture this eye-catching photograph is truly phenomenal. Moreover, the depth and detail present in this image, demonstrates a remarkable level of skill and aptitude which truly deserves recognition.’

The winner will be contacted via email with details on how to redeem their £100 Optics Voucher prize. Additionally, all winner’s photos will be displayed within our visitor centres, for everyone to see.

What do you think?

 Feel free to let us know what you think about the judge’s selections via either our Facebook or Twitter pages. September’s competition is currently open and has the theme of Reserve Views; As long as the photo has been taken at one of our nature reserves, you can enter whatever image you like! With thirty-eight nature reserves to choose from, what are you waiting for?

The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm on 30/09/2020 and the only condition is that your photograph was taken at one of our nature reserve. To enter, just email (a maximum of three photos per person is permitted) or use the form below.

August Photography Competition