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And the winner is...
For the 2005 Pic of the Month competition, there were 21 judges who were able to submit a vote: Brady Barr, Paul Bodnar, Peter Brazaitis, Monica Brazel, Erin O'Brien, Adam Britton, John Brueggen, Ruth Elsey, Nancy Fitzsimmons, Melissa Kaplan, Lynne Kelly, Gordon Grigg, Akira Matsuda, Jamie Robertston, Steve Salisbury, Bruce Shwedick, Boyd Simpson, Ralf Sommerlad, Colin Stevenson, Jen Swofford, and John White.
Each judge voted for their top 3 images, which received 3 (1st), 2 (2nd) or 1 (3rd) points. This time there were 10 entries to vote for. When the final total was calculated, the top three were ranked as follows:
1st - Laurie Excell - American Alligator (31 points)
|2nd - Buck Salau
Saltwater Crocodile (25 points)
||3rd - Mike Burke
American Alligator (24 points)
The winner of the best Pic of the Month submitted in 2005 was Laurie Excell with a stunning shot of an American Alligator raising its head in the evening light. Most judges chose this picture as their first or second favourite shot, citing the evocative lighting combined with the behaviour being displayed as their reasons for choosing it. So congratulations to Laurie for an excellent picture, which wins the 2005 prize! Not only does Laurie win an A4 Ilfochrome print, but also a special 10th Anniversary prize in the form of a crocodile. Not a live crocodile, of course, but one that's almost as good! In 2nd place we have Buck Salau's awesome picture of a Saltwater Crocodile in the midst of taking a goose - a great shot, well-timed, sharp, and one that tells a story. And close behind - almost too close to call - in 3rd place is Mike Burke's fantastically sharp and vibrant American Alligator staring at the camera in an annoyed manner. The expression on its face tells all. Both Buck and Mike could have won first prize in the eyes of many judges, so congratulations to them both. Mike wins a Northern Territory crocodile postcard, and Buck wins a beer from me next time I see him!
Thanks again to everyone who sent photographs during 2005, whether they made the Pic of the Month or not. As it was the 10th Anniversary I was very pleased to receive so many excellent entries - the standard was very high throughout. I wish to thank everyone who has supported this website over the last 10 years - it encourages me to keep expanding it because I know how much people get out of it. I look forward to the next decade!
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 a prize. The only criteria for submitting a photograph is this: it must capture the attention.