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McFadyen waited 6 years to get the shot

Getting the perfect photo requires a lot of patience, at times. Alan McFadyen, a Scottish photographer, spent an estimated six years, 4200 hours as well as 720000 exposures in an attempt to get the perfect symmetrical photo of a kingfisher diving straight into its reflection.

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Canadian tales behind the top wildlife photos

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit is all set to come to Canada. And, for the 2nd time in his life, Connor Stefanison, the 24-year-old from Burnaby, is the winner. Back in the year 2013, after Connor won WPY’s Rising Star Portfolio Award for the very first time, the honor led to a pro-career, as the biology grad from Simon Fraser started to publish work in Canadian Geographic and British Columbia Magazine. At the Natural History Museum in London, this October, Stefanison received the Rising Star Portfolio Award once again.

Connor is one of three esteemed Canadians, including Don Gutoski, the awards’ grand title winner. Their snapshots left behind over 42000 entries from all around the world. The collection of WPY pictures will hit Victoria’s Royal British Columbia Museum later in December after they make their debut in Canada at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on 21st November, 2015.

Connor’s favorite subject (apart from Greece bareboat charters) is British Columbia – primarily its animals and its environment. He said that in wildlife photography, all are drawn to the exotics. A lot of people think you have to go to Africa or wherever to get pictures. Taking shots in local environments is really very important as you just know that much regarding the area. Connor dreams of shooting snaps of grizzly bears, and attempting underwater photography on the Pacific Coast. But, still there is so much left on the British Columbia.

Nature photography contest, US$ 24000 up for grabs

The photographers of Northern Rivers have only over a week to go into their best habitat, wildlife or landscape snaps in Saved Nature Photography Contest. The winning entrants would share in US$ 24000 in cash prizes and have their work showcased at International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Parks Congress back in November.
The entries must tell a tale of a marine park, national park as well as other protected places and prompt others to discover and help save all these important places. The photographers could select from 3 categories – planet, people and park, as well as enter as an enthusiast, pro, student (aged 13-18) or even social.
Craig Parry, the International award winning Lennox Head photographer, stated that contests were a magnificent way to get exposure and feedback. He told that this is a fantastic way to build your profile as a photographer.
Already, he has entered his landscape snap called Life and Death – an aerial click taken just moments following a fire swept through Broken Head Nature Reserve in the year 2013 – in Saved Nature contest. It appears destructive, but it was started by lightning so it is just nature’s way of regenerating an area.

The photographers of Northern Rivers have only over a week to go into their best habitat, wildlife or landscape snaps in Saved Nature Photography Contest. The winning entrants would share in US$ 24000 in cash prizes and have their work showcased at International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Parks Congress back in November.

The entries must tell a tale of a marine park, national park as well as other protected places and prompt others to discover and help save all these important places. The photographers could select from 3 categories – planet, people and park, as well as enter as an enthusiast, pro, student (aged 13-18) or even social.

Craig Parry, the International award winning Lennox Head photographer, stated that contests were a magnificent way to get exposure and feedback. He told that this is a fantastic way to build your profile as a photographer.

Already, he has entered his landscape snap called Life and Death – an aerial click taken just moments following a fire swept through Broken Head Nature Reserve in the year 2013 – in Saved Nature contest. It appears destructive, but it was started by lightning so it is just nature’s way of regenerating an area.

Marwell Zoo photography contest open for new entries

There is still time for you to enter Marwell’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The contest, this year, has 4 categories –
1. Native Wildlife – flora and fauna resident or native in the British Isles
2. Cute and Funny – mother nature at her cutest
3. Marwell Wildlife endangered – species at Marwell specifically classified by IUCN as critically endangered or endangered
4. Marwell Wildlife residents
For adults, entry cost stands at £5 and it is free for kids. You can enter twice, using up to ten images. Chief judge for 2014 is Laura Barwick, a well known natural history and wildlife photographer who has worked on shows including Nature’s Great Events and BBC’s Planet Earth. Two times, she has been on the judging panel for International Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest,  and she also has a very keen eye for innovative, fresh as well as inspiring imagery.
Other judges include Jason Brown, award winning wildlife photographer, and Paul Collins, The Southern Daily Echo picture editor. The top prize for this year is a 9 day trip through wildlife parks and reserves in Spain, worth £ 1355. Other top prizes include annual memberships to Marwell Wild-life and a special day at the zoo taking part in a Junior Photographic Experience.
The last date for submitting entries is 31st August. The terms and conditions for the contest can be seen at –
marwell. org.uk/photocomp.

There is still time for you to enter Marwell’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The contest, this year, has 4 categories –

1. Native Wildlife – flora and fauna resident or native in the British Isles

2. Cute and Funny – mother nature at her cutest

3. Marwell Wildlife endangered – species at Marwell specifically classified by IUCN as critically endangered or endangered

4. Marwell Wildlife residents

For adults, entry cost stands at £5 and it is free for kids. You can enter twice, using up to ten images. Chief judge for 2014 is Laura Barwick, a well known natural history and wildlife photographer who has worked on shows including Nature’s Great Events and BBC’s Planet Earth. Two times, she has been on the judging panel for International Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest,  and she also has a very keen eye for innovative, fresh as well as inspiring imagery.

Other judges include Jason Brown, award winning wildlife photographer, and Paul Collins, The Southern Daily Echo picture editor. The top prize for this year is a 9 day trip through wildlife parks and reserves in Spain, worth £ 1355. Other top prizes include annual memberships to Marwell Wild-life and a special day at the zoo taking part in a Junior Photographic Experience.

The last date for submitting entries is 31st August. The terms and conditions for the contest can be seen at –

marwell. org.uk/photocomp.

Derby’s Format photography event

Michael Sargeant offers Sarah Colston a feel of the exhibitors in the Format International Photography Festival this year. Quad’s exhibition assistant Michael Sargeant promises various programs that would take place there.

Two magnificent exhibits –Present Perfect? Contemporary Photographs from Iran and Hungry Still – would be on display from 15th March 15 to 18th May, at Quad.

The Hungry Still exhibit comprises magnificent snaps from twenty four international photographers that capture stories from across the world. This exhibit is cocurated by Slideluck London that has piled up the artists’ submissions as well as arranged them in a filmic way. Michael told that Slideluck use photo film, and blends various mediums including still and moving imagery.

The other exhibit Present Perfect? Contemporary Photography from Iran shows the modern day nation and it was cocurated by  Armindokht Shooshtari and Michael Sargeant, who stated that the exhibition targets to break people’s perception of Iran.

As the exhibit starts, Usurp Chance Music Tour play at Chocolate Factory, on 15th March from 8.30 pm. This is a performance named Indeterminacy that was earlier recorded in the year 1959, with John Cage reading ninety tales, each of them lasts a minute.

Stewart Lee adopts Cage’s role companied by pianists Steve Beresford and Tania Chen. The Conspirators of Pleasure would join them, showing new age rhythms and unusual musical creations.

DSLR photography class

This Christmas, there is a golden opportunity to learn how to use Digital SLR camera. The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts, along with Jon Haglof, the The Middleboro Gazette photographer and sports editor (and also the owner of J Haglof Photography) is now presenting a 5 week long photography course beginning from.

The class will meet starting from 15th January at Burt Wood School, located in downtown Middleboro from 6 pm to 8pm. The program is targeted at novice and beginner level photographers who are willing to unlock their skill with their 35 mm Digital SLR camera.

In the class, the students will learn about the basics of a 35mm DSLR camera as well as work towards utilizing the camera in manual mode and using the controls and light meter of the camera to expose an image properly. This would work as a stepping off point to dig into several other camera functions, such as – all the buttons, the menu, use of the built-in camera flash and much more.

The program also adds lessons in timing, perspective, composition as well as a huge range of concepts and techniques made to put you on the road to click great snaps. A 35 mm DSLR camera and some ground level computer skills are needed for the whole course. The 5 week session class would cost just $250. Those, who would join, would get a gift certificate.

Wildlife photography competition

If you love to click wildlife snaps, it is your opportunity to show best snap featured in BC SPCA’s 5th annual Wildlife In Focus Photography competition. Digital snaps are accepted till 30th September in the competition that raises finances for the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre of the society on the southern Vancouver Island. This is the place where over 2500 injured and orphaned wild species are cared each year.

BC SPCA’s manager of wildlife services Sara Dubois told that with the country’s greatest diversity of wildlife in their own province, they were excited to serve amateur and backyard photographers exhibit these stunning animals.

Some of the snaps entered in earlier contests have been boasted in BC SPCA’s AnimalSense and Bark!, local newspapers, megazines as well as even a book named – City Critters: Wildlife in the Urban Jungle, penned by journalist Nicholas Read. Dubois stated that it is a testament to the calibre of photos that are entered.

Prizes will be handed for the top 3 snaps in each of 2 categories – Backyard Habitats and Wild Settings. The competition is open to age fourteen years and up amateur and backyard photographers lodging in BC. Learn more regarding this year’s competition and see the winners from old contests at spca.bc.ca/wildlife-infocus.

The contest advocates participants to dig into roadsides, beaches, green spaces, and backyards to get magnificent snaps which represent the resilience of local wild species staying at the interface with humans.