A few more species to add into the year list with Mediterranean gull, pintail, 6 shelduck appearing a few days later, black tailed godwit, merlin and red kite today to keep things ticking over. Thanks to everyone whom participated in the day - we also raised £35.10 for Ryedale Wildlife Rehab to assist in their good work.
As the official Tophill Christmas tree has become a habitat pile for the wrens, the Wildlife Photography Exhibition also comes to an end. Thanks to everyone who submitted images and visited and voted in what was a really successful first instalment. Hopefully everyone got chance to drop in and look through them. Judging them was really difficult - as mentioned previously the panel's decision was based not purely on image and kit, but also the context and story the image told. All were judged anonymously (where untitled on the picture). Its all subjective; but our decision was for the animal category:
For the Wading bird category:
For the plants category;
For the birds category;
Best gull was a 50:50 shot with just two participants!:
And then a hatrick for the kingfisher category:
And finally for invertebrates;
One category went un-awarded - young photographer unfortunately with no takers. We'll certainly be running the exhibition again next Christmas with similar categories, but with the addition of a short video / sound recoding class of up to three minutes. Full details will be posted in due course so get snapping...
But were the jury correct? We also had the public vote so visitors could express their opinion. The ballot was counted today and in 4th place: