Photographic competition 2010


The winners of the annual Hawk Conservancy Trust Photographic Competition have been announced.

The competition, in its third year, was judged by a panel of sponsors and supporters of the Trust, including BBC presenter and zoologist, Chris Packham, who chose the overall winner.

Chief Executive Officer, Ashley Smith, said “the standard of entries in this competition is always high and it makes the task of judging each category really difficult, Once again, there were many stunning images that captured our birds of prey at their best. The talent of these photographers is just amazing. We are very fortunate that they are prepared to share their photographs with us.”

Click on any of the images below to enlarge. Clicking on the section headings will take you to the page containing all entries in that section (opens in a new page)

Action section

Winner Highly Commended
Stooping falcon by Alan Benson Tawny Eagle by Hamish Smith

Peregrine falcon in a stoop
Alan Benson

Tawny Eagle in flight
Hamish Smith

Judged by corporate sponsors FESTO

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Flora and Fauna section

Winner Highly Commended
Heron in meadow by Alan Benson Hover Fly by Dee Maddams

Heron in meadow
Alan Benson

Hoverfly feeding
Dee Maddams

Judged by Wild Arena

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In the Wild section

Winner Highly Commended
Barn Owl in flight after dusk by John Harper Barn Owl hunting by Claire Ash

Barn Owl in flight after dusk
John Harper
judged by Chris Packham

Owl hunting at twilight
Claire Ash

Judged by corporate sponsors Kestrel Guards

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Portrait section

Winner Highly Commended
A pair of Tawny Owl chicks by Charlie Russell Golden Eagle in snow by Hamish Smith

A pair of Tawny Owl chicks
Charlie Russell

Golden Eagle in the snow
Hamish Smith

Judged by Antony Rhodes – wildlife artist

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Working relationship section

Winner Highly Commended
Ryan with Bald Eagle by Jill Stanley Paul with Secretary Bird by Stan Maddams

Ryan and Bald Eagle
Jill Stanley

Paul with Secretary Bird
Stan Maddams

Judged by corporate sponsors Arqiva Ltd

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Young Photographer section

Winner Highly Commended
Lanner Falcon on a post by Catherine Leighton African Fish Eagle fishing by Rebecca Bunce

Lanner Falcon on a post
Catherine Leighton (15)

Fish Eagle fishing
Rebecca Bunce (12)

Judged by – Ashley Smith,
Chief Executive, Hawk Conservancy Trust

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Prizes for winning and highly commended entrants include a wildlife or bird photography book, a photographic day at the Trust, a complimentary 2012 Trust calendar and a certificate.

Our thanks to the judges for carrying out a very difficult job, and our congratulations to the photographers of the winning and highly commended entries.

The overall standard of entries was extremely high, and we offer thanks and congratulations to all entrants.

The winning entry in the 2010 Caption Competition can be seen here.

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