WOS photo competition 2021 – last ten days for entries!

We’re in to the last ten days for entries!

Following the success of our first photo competition, we are holding a new competition and it’s now open for entries. We’re sticking with the same three categories – Main section, Humorous, and Young Photographers – but making a number of small changes. The most significant is in the Young Photographers section (previously called Junior Section), where we’re raising the age limit to 21.

Photos must have been taken in Wales during 2021. The originally advertised deadline was the end of September, but following a number of comments, and to make it a full year’s competition, the closing date for entries has now been extended to 31st December 2021. There’s also an increase in the prize fund, including a week on Bardsey for the winner of the Young Photographers section.

Full details of the competition and how to enter can be seen here and the entry form (a separate one for each photo, please) can be downloaded here in PDF format and here as a Word doc. Whilst we may not feature the winning photo on front cover of the 2022 Milvus journal (the re-named Birds in Wales), we may yet produce a WOS calendar for 2022, featuring twelve of the best entries.

Our judges – Steve Stansfield, Ben Porter, Toby Carter and Louise Cooper – are primed and ready and looking forward with anticipation for your entries. The featured image for this post is Jason Hornblow’s delightful runner-up picture of a Dipper feeding a newly-fledged chick and the three pictures below show  Stephen Culley’s atmospheric picture of a Tawny Owl – the overall winner of the main section – and the winners of the Humorous and Junior categories.

Tawny Owl  by Stephen Culley – outright winner of the first competition
You looking at me? – Keith Noble
Gotta whole lotta living to do! – Brooke Paterson

However, setting ‘Birds in Wales’ up for printing entries from the first competition has thrown up problems with some of the photos. Pictures taken at less than 300 dpi appear pixellated when printed at full size and many of the selected entries were at 72dpi – or in one case at 96 dpi – which is too low to be printed full size. So instead of a single gallery, we have had to resort to smaller reproductions of these photos (sadly including the overall winner, which had been promised the front cover), and these are interwoven with other papers through the journal. We have used the highest resolution picture (Dotterel – highly commended) for the front cover and the runner-up (Dippers) for the back cover. Please remember when submitting pictures for the current 2021 competition that they need to be high resolution. Most photos at 72 dpi are likely to have been taken using mobile phones. For users of some Samsung phones, there is a ‘Pro’ option which takes photos in raw that can then be converted to 300 dpi. For iPhones, there is an app called ‘DPI’ which allows the user to choose the dpi in which to save the image. Other phones may have similar options. 

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