Pray or prey: 6 October

1st Larry James: Praying Mantis pruning

You might be surprised to see this praying mantis on a flower in your garden but it was no surprise when Larry James’ s carefully crafted and detailed image won first place in the general colour competition last Friday.

A different flower graced second place with ‘Daisies in Bottle’ by Sharon Sawyer. And Peter Wilson claimed third place with a beautiful sunset scene of the river at Bolton Abbey.

1st Peter Wilson: A Hive of Industry

Not to be out done, Peter took first place in the general monochrome category with a broad view of the harbour near Redcar which was packed with interest and detail. Nick Hodgson secured second place with a shot of tough guys battling through mud. But Peter Wilson slipped in again taking third place with a moody shot of the Quayside at Newcastle as dawn broke.

5 Feeding

In the panel competition, for between 4 and 6 images on a related theme, Ken Phillip took the honours with ‘A day in the life of a seagull’, showing characteristic behaviour by one of our cheekiest birds. Indeed, it was an evening for bird enthusiasts as second place went to Larry James with a set showing British raptors and Julia Kay won third place with a skilfully collected set on gannets.

All the images that won awards can be viewed on the website. Click on ‘Competitions’, then ‘Results’ and select the relevant competition.

Visiting Judge, Frank Lodge, praised the quality of the entries and his conscientious preparation, clear explanations and accurate pacing made for a successful evening.

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