Two votes – by the public, and expert photographers – decided winners in the three categories.
In the under 10 category Harriet Papps was a unanimous choice with her image of Grass Snake. Judges said:
The grass snake was a hard image to capture. Well seen, good focus on eyes and body of snake.
11- 18 years
Another unanimous decision in the 11-18 years category was Tallulah Dean’s Red Fox. The image received the highest score of 180 votes from the public. Judges commented:
Patience gives you this interesting photograph.
19 years and over
The final category 19+ delivered a split vote with the public choosing Red Dog Fox by Jimmy Waters and the judges Frogs in The Lake in the Lower Forest by Keith Dark. Judges said that all the frog entries were good shots, but chose the winner because:
it had a feeling of aliens and a surreal painting in some way. The composition was good with lots to look at and keep your interest. Also the colours being of a range of dark and browns and blacks work well.
Professional photographer John Price and Alan Martin from Loughton Camera Club gave the judges
Wildlife on our doorsteps
Focus of the competition was wildlife on our doorsteps – photos that really tell a story about wildlife
in the district. It ran for three months during lockdown with public votes collected during May.
The competition was part of the first Epping Forest District Council Festival of Culture which
provided a platform for diverse, community led cultural activities across the district.
During the four months of the festival there were 82,564 engagements with the programme, 40 covid-secure events working with 26 partner organisations across the district.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
Winners are invited to a private view of the Natural History Museums Wildlife Photographer of the
Year exhibition coming to the district for the first time in 2022.
Their images will also be displayed at Epping Forest District Museum in 2022.
In addition the under 10 winner received free workshops in this year’s EFDC summer programme
while the other winners received drawing packs.
Cllr Aniket Patel Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory services said:
Congratulations to all the winners of the competition. Some really striking photos of the district and its nature and wildlife have been submitted and it’s wonderful to see so many young people getting involved, especially as we were in lockdown.
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