PIC OF THE MONTH
Crocodilian images which reveal fascinating stories told from a visual perspective.
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And the winner is...
Each judge voted for their top 3 images, which received 3 (1st), 2 (2nd) or 1 (3rd) points. The months of January and February were excluded as they did not contain competition entries. When the final total was calculated, the top three were ranked as follows:
To be honest I found it difficult to judge the competition this year, as there were so many excellent and varied entries. This is apparent from the runners up, both tied with equal points. Baz Kanda's picture of the gharial was extremely unusual, focussing on its more unusual attributes. And Bill Wagner took what might just be the perfect picture of an Australian freshwater crocodile in its natural habitat. Well done to both of you. Here are a few other comments the judges made:
Scutes and Scales (June) by Mike Allard - "Crocs have such amazing patterns woven into their bodies - be it on the tail, back, feet or of course jaws. I like this shot, as the crocodilian back is strikingly beautiful, strong, and menacing. It makes a great subject, but this pic was also taken with some skill as well!" Colin Stevenson
View from Below (August) by Glenn Baker - "So many crocodilian shots look alike it is nice to see something out of the ordinary." Kent Vliet
Alien (November) by Baz Kanda - "At first I felt that more of the animal should be in focus but then I began to like the composition because it really emphasizes the long snout of these animals. An interesting perspective and an unusual one for crocodilian shots." Kent Vliet
Thanks again to everyone who sent photographs during 2003, whether they made the Pic of the Month or not. This section of the website is one of the most popular, and it works because of your enthusiasm for crocodilians. Keep sending me those pictures for 2004, and I'll be including them here in the months to come. And remember, if it catches the attention of our judges come next January, you may very well win a prize!
Speaking of prizes, John Brueggen wins an Ilfochrome print of a crocodilian for his top entry. Baz and Bill both win Northern Territory crocodile postcards.
Our first Pic of the Month for 2004 will appear here at the start of February. Don't miss it!
Would you like to enter your best photograph as a potential Pic of the Month? Send it to me and I'll include the best here each month. Each year I run a competition where the best photograph each year is awarded an Ilfochrome print. The only criteria for submitting a photograph is this: it must capture the attention.
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