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  • Grey Butcherbird

    Grey Butcherbird.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Australasian Shoveler

    Australasian Shoveler.   Photographer: Doug Castle

  • Pink-eared Duck

    Pink-eared Duck.   Photographer: Glenn Pure

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • White-fronted Chat

    White-fronted Chat.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

“Capturing The Light” – what a truly wonderful theme for a competition, for as photographers we all know that light is everything!  Without it, there is no image.  Consequently, and unsurprisingly, there were many entries at Intermediate Level that were of a very high standard, and it has been a great pleasure to review them.  I particularly enjoyed reading the often insightful comments made by the respective photographers about their images, which frequently demonstrated a strong creative awareness of just how the differing qualities of light can make, or break, an image.  Just how we harness these qualities, photographically, to emphasize mood or enhance visual impact in our images, is a constant, but rewarding challenge.

This is a challenging assignment. However, it is one from which we all can learn.  Light is so important in photography.  Good quality light can lift and transform an image, for example by bringing out colour and texture or creating mood.  On the other hand, flat and uninteresting light or harsh light which creates ugly shadows or affects colour saturation can spoil what otherwise is a very good image.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on these wonderfully varied and imaginative pictures of preening birds. Birds that are preening are sources of possibility for the photographer, and their contortions present opportunities for seeing them in unusual and engaging poses. Feathers are often exposed in interesting and unorthodox ways that can range from the stunning to the comic in their impact on the viewer. The images presented for this competition demonstrate this in a variety of ways.

It was most enjoyable to see so many entries in the Advanced Level category.  Whilst most photographs centred on the usual “easy to find” subjects, Teals, Blacks and Wood Ducks, it was gratifying to see the unique treatment delivered to these subjects.  Thanks also to those who went further afield to locate the Blue-Billed and Musk Ducks.  The judging of an advanced skill set becomes a matter of finesse, as there is a great deal to enjoy in this level of competency across all the images presented to be judged.  Subtleties of light, colour, texture, movement and point of view, are often the deciding factor in an images selection.

Thank you for inviting me to be your Mystery Reviewer.  Whilst I have been seriously involved in photography for many years, having received numerous awards at local, national and international levels and judged many photographic competitions, I am not a “birder” or a specialist bird photographer or judge.  So as with everyone who has entered, this competition is also a challenge for me.

Winner: Pink-eared Duck - Cherilyn Corker (Image ID 24009)

The combination of beautiful light, calm water and sharp detail set this image apart and make it a clear winner.  The colours and textures of the duck’s plumage have been beautifully captured and their distorted reflection in the water adds an additional dimension of interest to an already striking picture.  The soft blue/grey of the lake surface forms a satisfying and complimentary background that is free from any distractions.

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