Photo competition – Stephen Culley’s Tawny Owl is a worthy winner

An impressive 166 entries, featuring 86 different species, for our first photo competition – we are delighted with your responses. There were many superb entries: so many that a lot of great photos didn’t make the final shortlists from our three judges. But there was little argument about Iolo Williams’ choice of our final overall winner – a lovely daytime shot of a Tawny Owl partly concealed in its surroundings, which just pipped Jason Hornblow’s beautifully constructed study of a Dipper feeding a recently fledged juvenile. And little argument about Keith Noble’s lovely cheeky Woodpigeon in the humorous section – and great to see common birds reflected also in our Junior Section winner, Brooke Paterson’s attractive and delightfully titled picture of a young cygnet.

The gallery below shows all the winners and highly commended entries. The next edition of Birds in Wales will include a photo feature showcasing all of these pictures and we shall be running another photo competition later in 2021 – there’ll be full details publicised later in the summer.

The winners and runner-up

                                                               The overall winner – Tawny Owl, by Stephen Culley

                                                         Runner-up: Dipper feeding juvenile by Jason Hornblow

                                       Winner, Junior section: Gotta whole lot of living to do by Brooke Paterson

                                             Winner, Humorous category: You looking at me? by Keith Noble

Highly Commended


Dotterel by Neil Alderson

Fisherman at work by Jonathan Bull

A crown of Kingfishers by Karen Burns

Merlin by Tony Pope

Stonechat by Hugh Gregory (Humorous category)

Waiting for lunch by Tanya Liepins

Little Egret on reflection by Don Cardy

Stormy Gannet by Steve Stansfield

Snipe reflection by Michael Thackeray

Robin rutting season in full swing by David Parry (Humorous category)

Mallard and baby Yoda by Stephen Culley (Humorous category)

Hawfinch by Bob Garrett

It's a bird's life by Brooke Paterson (Commended, Junior section)

Hands up who's hungry by Rhiannon Sims (Humorous category)

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