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The BBC photo competition selection
« on: September 15, 2008, 02:42:24 AM »
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Yesterday, 14th Sept, was the selection of 12/13 photos for the BBC Countryfile Photography competition 2008... the "Title" for which was "Animals in Action". The rules for this were posted elsewhere and winjeel has posted another thread in this section in which he mentions about the BBC; Licencing Photos; Communication"

http://www.dynaxdigital.com/index.php/topic,6672.msg51207/topicseen.html#new

Well... the 12/13 photos selected can be seen here; http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/countryfile/photogallery.shtml

... with one that I am rather flabbergasted at - picked by John Craven ::) remembering that the title is "ANIMALS" in action... ???

On that page there are also another links to do with photography with some albums to view as well as links to do with other photography items... via this one;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/photography/

Thought some here may find the pages that can be accessed interesting :)
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Re: The BBC photo competition selection
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2008, 03:09:56 AM »
You mean the slug with the shine of a flash on it? The others are great. Thanks for the find, Frank.
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Re: The BBC photo competition selection
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2008, 08:10:43 AM »

... with one that I am rather flabbergasted at - picked by John Craven ::) remembering that the title is "ANIMALS" in action... ???



John Craven didn't just do Newsround he was the main presenter on Countryfile so does have some link to animals in nature

Some of the images look fairly ordinary to me but the real standout one for me has to be the Puffin - that is a spectacular shot.
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Re: The BBC photo competition selection
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2008, 08:25:14 AM »

Sorry, I'm confused too - which one is flabberghasting (is that a word?)

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Re: The BBC photo competition selection
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2008, 09:16:08 AM »

Sorry, I'm confused too - which one is flabberghasting (is that a word?)
Fother Frank is flabberghasted that John Craven was picking the finalists.
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Re: The BBC photo competition selection
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2008, 10:59:39 AM »

Oh. Never heard of him :)

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Re: The BBC photo competition selection
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2008, 11:05:30 AM »

Sorry, I'm confused too - which one is flabberghasting (is that a word?)
Fother Frank is flabberghasted that John Craven was picking the finalists.
I didn't really read it before. You mean that he knows nothing about light, shadows, highlights, noise, dof, blur such that he would know what would constitute a 'good' photo. It reminds me of a phrase, "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like". If I were to buy art, I'd be careful that I wasn't about to buy anything that I might later dislike.
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Re: The BBC photo competition selection
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2008, 02:51:34 PM »

Sorry, I'm confused too - which one is flabberghasting (is that a word?)
Fother Frank is flabberghasted that John Craven was picking the finalists.
I didn't really read it before. You mean that he knows nothing about light, shadows, highlights, noise, dof, blur such that he would know what would constitute a 'good' photo. It reminds me of a phrase, "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like". If I were to buy art, I'd be careful that I wasn't about to buy anything that I might later dislike.

:lol: :lol:

An indication of the meaning of the word "flabbergasted"; http://www.abc.net.au/newsradio/txt/s1497767.htm - and there are many more to be found doing a Google search :)

Ok guys... The "judges" to select the 12/13 for the calendar, from the thousands of shots sent in, were John Craven [Countryfile presenter] Chris Packham [photographer] and Jo Brand [female comedienne]. It's now down to the public to "vote" for their favourite from those selected by the "judges" to win the over all prize + a runner up...

Of the thousands of shots sent in [yes... an extremely difficult task to select 12/13 from] one of them was the slug shot [the action being "eating" the foliage ::) ] appealed to John so that was one of "his" selections ::) - and he said; "Do you think they'll forgive me for choosing it?" ! A SLUG "eating" --- yet some one had photographed two weasels meeting/fighting in a lane... The THEME of the comp being IN ACTION and there were other ANIMAL action shots ::)

For "me" it makes a mockery of the competition and is a slap in the face for those that put in the effort to find animal action shots to take and did send in action shots. In it's own way the slug shot IS a good composition etc., but to class it as an action shot ??? ::)
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Re: The BBC photo competition selection
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2008, 10:49:31 PM »


Sorry, I'm confused too - which one is flabberghasting (is that a word?)


:lol: :lol:

An indication of the meaning of the word "flabbergasted"; http://www.abc.net.au/newsradio/txt/s1497767.htm - and there are many more to be found doing a Google search :)

Ok guys... The "judges" to select the 12/13 for the calendar, from the thousands of shots sent in, were John Craven [Countryfile presenter] Chris Packham [photographer] and Jo Brand [female comedienne]. It's now down to the public to "vote" for their favourite from those selected by the "judges" to win the over all prize + a runner up...

Of the thousands of shots sent in [yes... an extremely difficult task to select 12/13 from] one of them was the slug shot [the action being "eating" the foliage ::) ] appealed to John so that was one of "his" selections ::) - and he said; "Do you think they'll forgive me for choosing it?" ! A SLUG "eating" --- yet some one had photographed two weasels meeting/fighting in a lane... The THEME of the comp being IN ACTION and there were other ANIMAL action shots ::)

For "me" it makes a mockery of the competition and is a slap in the face for those that put in the effort to find animal action shots to take and did send in action shots. In it's own way the slug shot IS a good composition etc., but to class it as an action shot ??? ::)

Yes, thanks Frank, I know what flabberghasted means, I was making light and using 'flabberghasting'.

So it wasn't the judge but the selection of the slug photo. Fair enough. I have yet to see a competition where I agree with all the choices (*cough* except the monthly challenges here), and often some are stunningly bad choices. Says something about the way people see the world, or something.

Did you end up entering the competition? If so, what did you put in? :)

Oh, and I agree with Fud - the Puffin is a stand-out

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Re: The BBC photo competition selection
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2008, 01:45:04 PM »
Oh!... Sorry fother... 'twas the "lateness" of the hour and the humour of the comment was wasted on me :-[ - plus being at work and doing 12 hour nights, 6 off :(

A combination of the two; the shot he picked is, itself, very good and well composed etc. The theme though was animals in "action"... so picking a shot of a slug "eating" is, I think, way on the borderline of "action" --- still I guess it's open to individual interpretation. The other two "judges" gave in to him on his choice for what came across as no other reason than it appealed to "him", John Craven.

For me "action" is along the lines of the other shots picked out; the puffin, the hares, the pheasant, gathering the ponies... even the "sea" horses shot of the legs/hooves in the sea - not a slug eating... ::)

I didn't submit any shots; because of the "terms & conditions" that I posted about. I could have put one in of a duck feeding --- it's backside up in the air and head/body under water - but I don't see it as an "action" shot;

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Re: The BBC photo competition selection
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2008, 02:34:12 PM »
Well... I'm not sure which I'd rather have for July, or Dec, a duck's butt or a slug in action. I'm sure the public aren't going to choose the slug, and that's perhaps why they put it in, just because they've got the organise the calendar now (sending it off to the printers in time for christmas), and perform a 'ballot' to effectively not choose the odd one out.

Btw, for a few weeks now, 2009 calendars are already appearing, here in Japan. How about else where?
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Re: The BBC photo competition selection
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2008, 03:01:14 PM »
:lol:

Well winjeel... the slug IS one of the shots for the "Children in Need" calendar for 2009.

Whether it gets picked as the "top" shot and win a grands worth of photography vouchers for the photographer is down to the public that vote for the 12 shots that the "judges" picked. Or if it qualifies for one of the other prizes...

A ducks butt or a slug... for me quite easy... neither ;) But a slug doing what slugs do - eat - or a pair of weasels/stoats meeting/playing on a country lane? Would have been the mustelids... in fact would even have been the elephants but they got excluded because they aren't a UK animal - at the moment :)

Yep, 2009 calendars available... along with the appearance of "pre" Xmas goodies :(
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Re: The BBC photo competition selection
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2008, 06:51:43 PM »
Saw the Countryfile program too. You could say that of the 'judges', Chris Packham was the only qualified wildlife photographer there. But IF they did indeed sift through all the entries, then what a job! There must of been thousands of photos. To get it down to a manageable few was an achievement in itself. The Slug feeding/ in action was an interesting one, the Puffin is an outstanding shot, I would be interested in the camera used. I've kept an eye on this competition for a few years, but felt that this year, the quality hasn't been as good as in the past. There was a photo of a bee on a flower this year, "Thats pretty good" I said, Faye, my wife replied" Yeah but you see that type of shot all the time, but a slug?" Maybe she has a point, we have all seen this type of shot, several of which have featured many times within our forum. Not wanting to take anything away from the quality, its still a tricky shot to take, but most of the shots taken here could quite easily make it on to this competition. But the Puffin!! O0