AV Competition Winners 2017-18

Wildlife Winner Keith Hann receiving his cheque and certificate from Caroline Tonson-Rye
© Barry Hitchcox
Scenery Winner Madeline Taylor (left) receiving her cheque and certificate from Caroline Tonson-Rye.
© Barry Hitchcox
Wildlife & Overall Winner by Keith Hann
Scenery Winner by Madeline Taylor
Wildlife Highly Commended by Madeline Taylor
Wildlife Highly Commended by Keith Hann
Scenery Highly Commended by Sharon Bailey
Scenery Highly Commended by Keith Hann

Winners of the Alfred Vowles Photographic Competition were presented with their prizes on Friday 9 February 2018 at The Exmoor Society’s Resource Centre in Dulverton.  The

three judges, Caroline Tonson-Rye, Exmoor Society Trustee, Barry Hitchcox, of Barry Hitchcox Photography, and Jack Clegg of Minehead Photography were impressed by the high standard of entries in the Wildlife and Scenery categories.  Unfortunately, they were unable to reach a decision in the Heritage category as there were insufficient entries of a good quality.

Keith Hann, worthy overall winner of the 2015–16 competition, must be congratulated for repeating his success this year with his photograph of ‘A wheatear in Ember Combe’, which is both the winner of the Wildlife category and overall winner of the competition, for which he will receive the trophy. The judges were impressed by this wonderfully observed shot of a regular visitor to Exmoor – not an easy bird to capture. There is nice shallow depth of field, and the heather makes it a perfect Exmoor image.

Congratulations also go to Madeline Taylor for repeating her 2015–16 success by winning the

Landscape category with a very original view of Tarr Steps. The bold composition and good lighting were particularly appreciated by the judges.

Highly commended in the Landscape category are: Sharon Bailey’s ‘Tarr Steps, November 2016, after the floods’, an good record of the effect of storm damage on Tarr steps, well composed with subtle colours that demonstrate careful observation; and Keith Hann’s atmospheric ‘Freezing fog in the Quarme Valley’, a well lit composition with an ethereal feel to it. In the Wildlife category, those highly commended are: Keith Hann’s ‘Young stags in Thurley Combe’, an excellent shot of stags on the move, with good colouring and light; and Madeline Taylor’s ‘Exmoor pony mare and foal crossing the road near Webber’s Post’, a sharp and well observed photograph of the perennial problem of ponies in danger from cars when crossing roads.

While the total number of entries was lower than in 2015, the standard was higher, and the judges were impressed by the care and thought that the photographers had clearly put into their work.  The presentation to the winners was held on 9 February 2018 at The Exmoor Society Resource Centre in Dulverton.