BDS Photographer of the Year 2017 - And the winners are:
First Prize - Tom Streeter “Young Sika Stag”
This image of an inquisitive young Sika Stag was taken amongst the gorse bushes and bracken of Arne, near Poole. This young Stag 'sniffed' the air long enough to allow for a composition where all his surroundings have been blurred, helping to create the impact of the portrait. The young Stag may well have been involved in some form of collision, hence the malformed antlers and scarring above his eye. A few 'sniffs' later and he was gone.
Canon 7D, Sigma 300-800mm f.5.6, tripod.
Second Prize - George Trebinski "Roe in Meadow"
I had been sat out for a couple of hours with nothing showing and decided to call it a day. I shouldered the camera and set of back towards my vehicle. Drawing level with some lynchets I stopped for a quick scan by a corner of wild flowers. A patch of russet which was not waving about in the breeze caught my eye. The vegetation was too thick for the tripod so I ditched it and crept up to the fence. Resting the lens on a post I hoped the image stabilisation, coupled with a high shutter speed, would get me a steady shot. The Buck, as it turned out, was very jittery, constantly looking back into the wind. As the animal looked towards me I took several shots, but before I had a chance for more a Doe burst out of the plantation behind him and, hotly pursued by a mature buck, raced through the flowers. My little buck took the safe option and bolted! It had happened so quickly I didn't even get to assess the antlers of the mature buck, let alone take a picture. Of the 6 shots I took this was the only 1 that proved to be sharp image.
Canon 1D Mk4 DSLR
Third Prize - Dominic Griffith “Roe in a Wild Flower Ley”
The photo had been in the planning since the Spring. This magnificent buck had his territory in the corner of a wildflower ley and I had hoped to photograph him when the buck and the flowers were at their best. With the rut in full swing and the knapweed in full flower I positioned myself in the field and waited. Not long after he started to patrol his territory and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to take a series of photos. This one was the second after the click of the first shutter caused him to pass a beady look in my direction.
Taken on a Nikon D3000 with a Nikon DX55-300 lens.
Tom Streeter "Fallow Fawn"
Ian Walmsley "Roe doe in Grass"
Ian Walmsley "Roe buck in bluebells"