|TV Naturalist Chris Packham Presented 6 National Prizes|
WWT London Wetland Centre hosted the photographer & prize winners
All the finalists were invited to the winners' day to be on hand for individual feedback from the judges and to attend a special photography workshop with Mr Packham.
The competition, now in its fourth year, reflects the broad range of our wetlands in the UK. Six prizes were awarded to the overall winners of each of the categories. New for this year was the option for the public to vote for their favourite images online. Over 61,000 votes were cast and the photograph from each region which attracted the most votes was put forward to the national judging panel to decide the overall winner.
The Wetland Wildlife Photograph of the Year, supported by New York State and Continental Airlines, was won by Naomi Roper of Sunderland for her contemplative portrait of an African comb duck taken at WWT Washington.
On behalf of the judges, Chris Packham commented:
The judges were also particularly pleased with the lighting and composition of Martin Marks OBE's photograph of a young family starting out in birdwatching. Andy Snape won an adventure holiday to North Devon courtesy of North Devon & Exmoor for his image of three whooper swans in flight over the Ouse Washes at WWT Welney Wetland Centre.
Speaking at the event, Chris Packham said:
The Winning photographs:
Naomi Roper 'A moment's peace' - WWT Washington Wetland Centre
Top middle: People & Wildlife category overall winner
Martin Marks OBE: 'Start them young' - WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Top right: People's Choice category overall winner
Andy Snape: 'Angels on the wing' - WWT Welney Wetland Centre
Bottom left: Wetland Landscapes category overall winner
Helen Davies: 'Sunset over the lake' -WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre
Bottom middle: Quirky category overall winner
Robert Falcon: 'Tough guy' - WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre
Bottom right: Junior (Under 16) category overall winner
Alexander Baker: 'Vole's breakfast' - WWT Arundel Wetland Centre
Following the death of wildlife photographer and WWT director Lady Scott, the WWT Photography Competition has been held in her memory. Speaking at the winners' day, WWT Chief Executive Martin Spray said:
February 1, 2011