From bees to baby owls, the stunning winning images in the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023

Britain’s breathtaking landscapes and wonderous creatures have been showcased in memorable style – by entries to this year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA).

The 2023 contest received more than 13,000 images, with amateur and professional photographers competing for a £5,000 grand prize.

Twenty-eight-year-old Charlie Page was declared the grand prize winner for his ‘powerful’ image of a fox in front of an industrial backdrop, while Billy Evans-Freke took home the RSPB Young British Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for his beautiful picture of a tawny owlet.

‘The talented photographers in this year’s competition have given us an exceptional window into Britain’s nature,’ says Will Nicholls, Director of BWPA. ‘It’s an important reminder of the wildlife and wild spaces that still remain in the UK, and are in need of our care and protection.’

All awarded images are published by Bird Eye Books in a hard-back coffee-table book, which is now available online at, with a foreword by Dame Judi Dench.

Scroll down to see the winning images by Page and Evans-Freke, plus a selection of category winners and shortlisted entries that impressed MailOnline Travel…

This heartwarming picture of a fox in London covered in dandelion seeds was taken by Lewis Newman and won the Animal Portraits category. Newman said: ‘After spending a lot of time with this particular vixen, she began to learn I was not a threat. This gave me some great photographic opportunities. I got to know her routine, and as the wild flowers began to grow, I would find her curled up amongst them. As the dandelions began to open there were a couple of days when she would wake up covered in them. Although she got used to my presence, if I were to move too fast or drop anything she would immediately leave. Later on in spring, I was blessed with her bringing her cubs to me and have watched them grow ever since’

A quirky scene captured by James Roddie in Scotland, with the image snaring the gold medal in the Animal Behaviour category. Roddie explained that he took the picture during a common toad migration, which apparently can be ‘spectacular to watch’. He continued: ‘As the large females make their way to the water, the smaller males approach them to try and “hitch a lift”. It can result in some amusing behaviour, as multiple males will often try to mount the same female. This image was captured just as one of the males tried to push away another. It can be quite a difficult thing to photograph, as this is one situation when toads move surprisingly quickly’

A mesmerising image taken by Ed Phillips of a Willughby’s leafcutter bee in his Staffordshire garden. The shot was a runner-up in the Animal Portraits category. Phillips said: ‘I have a particular interest in the UK’s solitary bees and like to photograph the species that visit our Staffordshire garden. I had seen this male Willughby’s leafcutter bee looking out of a hole, but it kept retreating whenever I approached. They often pause to warm-up at the entrance before flying off, so I waited, camera poised for the right moment. It eventually reappeared and I carefully framed the shot. At the last moment it cocked its head to one side to what I felt was a pleasing angle’

This amazing image was the runner-up in the Black & White category and taken by Paula Cooper in Scotland on Bass Rock, a volcanic plug in the Firth of Forth that’s home to over 150,000 gannets. Cooper said: ‘I wanted to show the drama of the place so converted it to black and white and darkened the image’

This spellbinding picture won the Black & White category. It shows woodland at Great Mell Fell in the Lake District, with photographer Matthew Turner describing it as ‘a strange and otherworldly place, with gnarled bark, distorted branches and dank moss everywhere’. He added: ‘I clambered through the jumble of fallen trees and eventually stumbled upon this decaying specimen, which to me looked like a claw reaching out from the decomposing pile of tree carcasses beneath. I used my tripod to avoid any camera shake due to the dark and dingy conditions, which suited the scene perfectly’

The competition has a Wild Woods category – and this was the runner-up. A stunning image taken in Abernethy in Scotland by Graham Niven. He said: ‘The Abernethy Forest in the Cairngorm National Park is a very special place which I am fortunate to call home. It encompasses one of the largest remnants of Caledonian pinewood, as well as moorland, wetlands and mountains, and is home to a host of specialist pinewood and upland plants and animals. A wonderful place for photography, I am always trying to capture its splendour and translate some of the magic and value it holds. During a spell of sunny August weather, I managed to convince a pal to meet me at the summit of the nearest hill (Meall a’ Bhuachaille) at 5am before sunrise. As the sun rose, it illuminated the swirling mist in the forest below, accentuating the shapes and layers of trees. A magical but brief moment, lasting only a few minutes before the mist burned off’

The winner in the Wild Woods category was this breathtaking image of an ethereal scene on Badbury Hill in Oxfordshire. It was taken by Philip Selby, who said he was ‘struck by the sense of endlessness as the beech trees eerily dissolved into the silent, misty obscurity’

Taken in Scotland’s Western Highlands by Neil McIntyre, this beautiful picture was the winner of the Habitat category

The runner-up in the Habitat category was this picture of mountain hares in the Cairngorms in Scotland. The photographer, Peter Bartholomew, said: ‘Deep snow drifts had left ridges and contours on the plateau. Visibility was limited as strong winds buffeted the cornices and snow swirled down the valley. Across the bowl, the male hare moved slowly towards the female hare above it and stopped. For a moment the blizzard abated, allowing me to capture the hares in their special mountain environment’

Matthew Cattell snapped this picture of a murmuration of starlings in Brighton and was honoured with a runner-up accolade in the Urban Wildlife category for his efforts. He said: ‘On this particular evening, an approaching storm was illuminating the horizon, and as the light levels dropped, the brightness of the sky balanced with the lights on the Palace Pier. As the starlings arrived to roost, they swept across the sea, producing graceful, elegant curves across my view finder. I particularly love the shape of their movement in this photograph’

Billy Evans-Freke has been named the RSPB Young British Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023 and 15-17 Years Winner for this shot of a tawny owlet near his home in East Sussex

Feast your eyes on the image that made photographer Charlie Page British Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023. It was taken in Lee Valley Park, with Page revealing: ‘I knew this area was reliable for foxes, and I wanted a shot with the industrial backdrop. One day when setting up my camera with a remote shutter release, a fox approached from my left. Hesitant about what to do, I stayed still, and surprisingly the fox stopped right in my frame. I took the shot but was confused why it had come so close. In hindsight, this encounter probably tells the story more than the photo itself. Wildlife has become used to us encroaching on them. I think the felled tree and longing look on the fox’s face portray this tragedy perfectly. I hope that all wildlife photography doesn’t look like this in years to come’

Tibetan antelops thrive at Hoh Xil nature reserve

A Tibetan antelope is seen at the Hoh Xil nature reserve, the 51th Chinese site inscribed on the World Heritage List, in the Sanjiangyuan National Park, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, northwest China’s Qinghai Province, March 25, 2023. (Photo: China News Service/Ma Mingyan)


A flock of Tibetan antelopes forage at the Hoh Xil nature reserve, the 51th Chinese site inscribed on the World Heritage List, in the Sanjiangyuan National Park, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, northwest China’s Qinghai Province, March 25, 2023. (Photo: China News Service/Ma Mingyan)


A flock of Tibetan antelopes forage at the Hoh Xil nature reserve, the 51th Chinese site inscribed on the World Heritage List, in the Sanjiangyuan National Park, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, northwest China’s Qinghai Province, March 25, 2023. (Photo: China News Service/Ma Mingyan)


Outdoor photography using your smartphone? Here are tips and tricks from 2 pros

MANILA, Philippines — Ever since the age of camera phones, Filipinos have relied on their mobile devices to capture unforgettable travels and adventures. This have also allowed them to share their experiences amid the beautiful sceneries to friends and family in social media.

But what if that photo of the most beautiful sunset in Boracay is skewed? Or the supposed macro flower shot turned out blurred? Many things can go unexpected when shooting outdoors using a smartphone.

Whether you’re a creative, an aspiring photographer, or you just love to express yourself, there are ways to improve your outdoor mobile photography. Luckily, two professionals share tips and tricks.

“Mobile photography will always be a convenient yet highly capable option whether you take photographs to keep memories or to express yourself. A smartphone with a good camera always serves as a handy tool and for a lot of Filipinos, a great way to develop photography skills when they are just starting out in the craft,” Nicco Valenzuela, a landscape and architecture photographer, told

He added that a smartphone can be used to shoot the natural beauty of nature and tell stories about it. To do so, he has three simple tips for composition that can help maximize your smartphone for outdoor photography.

Photos by Nicco Valenzuela illustrates focal point and visual flow and balance.

  1. Identify a focal point. While outdoor photos tend to showcase an entire landscape, choose a focal point or subject where a visual experience revolves.
  2. Compose with visual flow. Lead the eyes of viewers from the edges of the images to your focal point.
  3. Have visual balance. Frame your images in such a way that there is balance between significant elements on each side. Pro tip: When shooting horizons, make sure that it is straight by turning on grid lines on your camera setting.

For Tacio Bautista, an underwater photographer, preparing your smartphone before shooting outside is as important as having technical skills.

As such, he gives tricks that will give one more ease for outdoor photography.

Photos shot by Tacio Bautista at Masungi Georeserve. For him, choosing a smartphone with great camera lens and features is also important in mobile outdoor photography.

  • Clean your lens to avoid capturing smudges over your photos.
  • Make sure to charge your phone before going out. You can also set it Airplane Mode to have a longer battery life.
  • Save or allot enough memory on your phone so you don’t run out of space in the middle of taking photos.

Last but not the least for both photographers, choosing a smartphone with great camera lens and features is also key to unlocking your outdoor mobile photography skills.

Just recently, the two pros got their hands on the newest high-end and flagship phone of tech brand TECNO Mobile, the Phantom X2 Pro 5G. Both used it as their official cameras during an organized media tour at Masungi Georeserve in Rizal.

“When I opened the box and saw the camera, I was amazed with the three lenses so my expectations were high. The camera exceeded my expectations,” Bautista said.

Of these three lenses, one is the world’s first retractable portrait lens at 50MP and with 65mm focal length, a 2.5x optical zoom, a large F1.49 aperture and a shallow 18.9cm depth of field. This allows the Phantom X2 Pro 5G to take portraits with pure optical bokeh that is comparable to professional camera shots. Valdez

It also has a powerful 50MP main camera with a 1/1.3” sensor and a Super Night mode, a 13MP wide angle camera, and a 32MP front camera with a new self-developed beautification mode.

“It is super easy to use with fast autofocus, crisp image quality and what I love the most is, you can control the aperture so you can get a DSLR-like photo. This is now my go-to camera especially when I travel,” Bautista further noted.

The series also comes with the Phantom X2 5G version that’s packed with a 64MP main camera with an RGBW sensor and a glass (5P+1G) lens for stunning portrait photography. Each camera has better sensors that allow light intake at 60% and 30% more, respectively.

The Masungi Georeserve served as the perfect destination to test both smartphone’s innovative cameras. From amazing limestone formations, natural sculptures, caves, and several hundred types of flora and fauna, the Phantom X2 Series captured them all.

As it is handy, the Phantom X2 Series was also great in taking photos at the more adventurous segments of Masungi that include Georeserve’s hanging bridge, stone and concrete trails, rope courses, pocket gardens, and elevated viewing platforms.

The Phantom X2 Series battery at 5,160mAh, with power consumption savings of up to 38%, is also another great feature for mobile photography. Add to this MediaTek’s flagship Dimensity 9000 4nm 5G chip and an octa-core CPU configuration for overall peak performance and efficient multi-tasking.

In terms of storage, the Phantom X2 Pro 5G boasts a large 12GB RAM and 256GB memory that’s great for capturing countless photographs and even videos.

With its innovative lenses and powerful features, TECNO’s Phantom X2 Series is sure to capture vivid and stunning images—the emotion of the moment, popping out of the comfort zone, living 100%.

Photography Services Market 2023-A Detailed Analysis till 2028

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Mar 27, 2023 (The Expresswire) —
The report features the size of the global “Photography Services Market” in 2023, along with a detailed profile of the key players. These players include [Getty Images Inc., Hammerhead Interactive Ltd., Shutterfly Inc., StudioAlice Co. Ltd., Summit Portraits LLC], who are among the most significant, influential, or successful companies, individuals, or brands within the “Photography Services” industry. The report also provides an analysis of the competitive landscape of the market.

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Complete Overview of the Global Photography Services: –Providing a comprehensive overview of the global Photography Services industry is a challenging task due to the diversity of markets and industries worldwide. Nonetheless, several key trends and factors are currently shaping the global Photography Services market. These include economic growth, technological advancements, e-commerce, globalization, sustainability, demographic changes, and political and regulatory risks. Given the dynamic and constantly evolving nature of the industry, businesses that are flexible and adaptable to changing market conditions are more likely to succeed.

Photography Services Provides High-class Data: –It is undeniable that the global Photography Services market offers valuable data for businesses and investors to make informed decisions. Market data is available from a variety of sources, including government statistics, industry reports, financial news, and market research firms. Economic data, financial data, industry data, and consumer data are some of the critical types of data available from the global Photography Services market. However, it is crucial to evaluate the quality and reliability of data sources and use multiple sources of data to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the Photography Services industry.

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Top Country Data and Analysis: –for United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Russia, Italy, China, Japan, Korea, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, etc. It also throws light on the progress of key regional Photography Servicess such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America and Middle East and Africa

Description and Analysis of Photography Services: – Photography Services analysis is the process of evaluating market conditions and trends in order to make informed business decisions. A market can refer to a specific geographic location, particular industry or sector, develop strategies for entering or expanding in a particular Photography Services.

Photography Services analysis can also involve forecasting future market trends and conditions, based on factors like technological change, regulatory developments, or demographic shifts. This can be used to develop long-term strategic plans and to identify potential risks and opportunities for growth.

Overall, market analysis is an important tool for businesses looking to enter or expand in a particular Photography Services. By carefully evaluating Photography Services conditions and trends, businesses can make more informed decisions and develop strategies that are better aligned with customer needs and Photography Services opportunities.

Market segment by Region/Country including: –

● North America (comprising the United States, Canada, and Mexico) ● Europe (encompassing Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, and other countries) ● Asia-Pacific (including China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, Southeast Asia, and other regions) ● South America (covering Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and other areas) ● Middle East and Africa (consisting of South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and other countries)

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The Global Photography Services is anticipated to rise at a considerable rate during the forecast period. the market is growing at a steady rate and with the rising adoption of strategies by key players, the market is expected to rise over the projected horizon.

Photography Services -SegmentationAnalysis:

Report further studies the market development status and future Photography Services trend across the world. Also, it splits Photography Services Segmentation by Type and by Applications to fully and deeply research and reveal market profile and prospects.

Segment by Type

● Shooting Service
● After Sales Service

Which growth factors drives the Photography Services growth?

Increasing use of is expected to drive the growth of the Photography Services.

Segment by Application

● Consumer
● Commercial

Which market dynamics affect the business?

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Our objective is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the industry’s competitive landscape. To achieve this, we examine not only the prominent global enterprises but also the regional small and medium-sized companies that have significant roles and growth potential. Please refer to the Summary for a list of key players. Photography Services industry, the leading players are characterized by their substantial impact, the largest market share in 2023, their excellent reputation, and the highest revenue within their respective fields.

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Detailed TOC of Global Photography Services Development Strategy Pre and Post COVID-19, by Corporate Strategy Analysis, Landscape, Type, Application, and Leading 20 Countries

Table of Content

1 Photography Services Definition and Overview

1.1 Objectives of the Study

1.2 Overview of Photography Services

1.3 Photography Services Scope and Market Size Estimation

1.4 Market Segmentation

1.4.1 Types of Photography Services

1.4.2 Applications of Photography Services

1.5 Market Exchange Rate

2 Research Method and Logic

2.1 Methodology

2.2 Research Data Source

3 Market Competition Analysis

3.1. Market Performance Analysis

3.1.1 Basic Information

3.1.2 Product and Service Analysis

3.1.3 Strategies for Company to Deal with the Impact of COVID-19

3.1.4 Sales, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2016-2021

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4Market Segment by Type, Historical Data and Market Forecasts

4.1 Global Photography Services Production and Value by Type

4.1.1 Global Photography Services Production by Type 2016-2021

4.1.2 Global Photography Services Value by Type 2016-2021

4.2 Global Photography Services Production, Value and Growth Rate by Type 2016-2021

4.2.1 Market Production, Value and Growth Rate

4.2.2 Market Production, Value and Growth Rate

4.2.3 Market Production, Value and Growth Rate

4.2.4 Market Production, Value and Growth Rate

4.2.5 Others Market Production, Value and Growth Rate

4.3 Global Photography Services Production and Value Forecast by Type

4.3.1 Global Photography Services Production Forecast by Type 2021-2026

4.3.2 Global Photography Services Value Forecast by Type 2021-2026

4.4 Global Photography Services Production, Value and Growth Rate by Type Forecast 2021-2026

4.4.1 Market Production, Value and Growth Rate Forecast

4.4.2 Market Production, Value and Growth Rate Forecast

4.4.3 Market Production, Value and Growth Rate Forecast

4.4.4 Market Production, Value and Growth Rate Forecast

4.4.5 Others Market Production, Value and Growth Rate Forecast

5 Market Segment by Application, Historical Data and Market Forecasts

5.1 Global Photography Services Consumption and Value by Application

5.1.1 Global Photography Services Consumption by Application 2016-2021

5.1.2 Global Photography Services Value by Application 2016-2021

6 Global Photography Services by Region, Historical Data and Market Forecasts

6.1 Global Photography Services Sales by Region 2016-2021

6.2 Global Photography Services Value by Region 2016-2021

6.3 Global Photography Services Sales, Value and Growth Rate by Region 2016-2021

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7 United State Market Size Analysis 2016-2026

7.1 United State Photography Services Value and Market Growth 2016-2021

7.2 United State Photography Services Sales and Market Growth 2016-2021

7.3 United State Photography Services Value Forecast 2021-2026

8 Canada Market Size Analysis 2016-2026

8.1 Canada Photography Services Value and Market Growth 2016-2021

8.2 Canada Photography Services Sales and Market Growth 2016-2021

8.3 Canada Photography Services Value Forecast 2021-2026

9 Germany Market Size Analysis 2016-2026

9.1 Germany Photography Services Value and Market Growth 2016-2021

9.2 Germany Photography Services Sales and Market Growth 2016-2021

9.3 Germany Photography Services Value Forecast 2021-2026

10 UK Market Size Analysis 2016-2026

10.1 UK Photography Services Value and Market Growth 2016-2021

10.2 UK Photography Services Sales and Market Growth 2016-2021

10.3 UK Photography Services Value Forecast 2021-2026

11 France Market Size Analysis 2016-2026

11.1 France Photography Services Value and Market Growth 2016-2021

11.2 France Photography Services Sales and Market Growth 2016-2021

11.3 France Photography Services Value Forecast 2021-2026

12 Italy Market Size Analysis 2016-2026

12.1 Italy Photography Services Value and Market Growth 2016-2021

12.2 Italy Photography Services Sales and Market Growth 2016-2021

12.3 Italy Photography Services Value Forecast 2021-2026

13 Spain Market Size Analysis 2016-2026

13.1 Spain Photography Services Value and Market Growth 2016-2021

13.2 Spain Photography Services Sales and Market Growth 2016-2021

13.3 Spain Photography Services Value Forecast 2021-2026

14 Russia Market Size Analysis 2016-2026

14.1 Russia Photography Services Value and Market Growth 2016-2021

14.2 Russia Photography Services Sales and Market Growth 2016-2021

14.3 Russia Photography Services Value Forecast 2021-2026

15 China Market Size Analysis 2016-2026

15.1 China Photography Services Value and Market Growth 2016-2021

15.2 China Photography Services Sales and Market Growth 2016-2021

15.3 China Photography Services Value Forecast 2021-2026

27 Market Dynamic Analysis and Development Suggestions

27.1 Market Drivers

27.2 Market Development Constraints

27.3 PEST Analysis

27.3.1 Political Factors

27.3.2 Economic Factors

27.3.3 Social Factors

27.3.4 Technological Factors

27.4 Industry Trends Under COVID-19

27.4.1 Risk Assessment on COVID-19

27.4.2 Assessment of the Overall Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry

27.4.3 Pre COVID-19 and Post COVID-19 Market Scenario

27.5 Market Entry Strategy Analysis

27.5.1 Market Definition

27.5.2 Client

27.5.3 Distribution Model

27.5.4 Product Messaging and Positioning

27.5.5 Price

27.6 Advice on Entering the Market

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Nature puts on a show in this week’s audience photo gallery

The Northern Lights put on a show in Nain. (Submitted by Pauline Agnatok)

We got a mixed bag from Mother Nature recently.  There was more snow, keeping spring at bay for another little while, but the aurora borealis was on display for (just about) everyone to see.

Enjoy the light show, then scroll to the bottom to see how your point of view can be part of next week’s gallery.

A beautiful, sunny evening in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. (Submitted by Lori Snow)
A clear reflection of some grounded ice on Salmon Cove Sands. (Submitted by Andrea Kelly)
The CCGS Louis S. St. Laurent departing Botwood Harbour on Saturday on its way to break the ice. (Submitted by Linda Lane)
A gorgeous pink and orange sky over Topsail Beach, CBS. (Submitted by Greg Horner)
When life gives you snow, you make a snowman! (Submitted by Gary Mitchell)
The carved out windswept land of Grates Cove getting a pounding from the beautiful waves driving into the rocky coastline. (Submitted by Eugene Howell)
The aurora borealis turns the sky an emerald green in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. (Submitted by Donna Crawford)
Red sky at night, black Lab’s delight! (Submitted by Gail Downing)
A starry night framed by the Northern Lights in Ocean Pond. (Submitted by Karen Reid)

Have a photo you’d like to share? 

Here’s how to get in touch with us: email It’s a dedicated address just for photo submissions from across Newfoundland and Labrador.

Here’s what we need from you: your name, where the photo was taken and a caption that tells us what’s in the image. We encourage you to add any information you think our readers would enjoy! 

We share the photos we receive here, and we might also use them on Here & Now each weeknight during Ashley Brauweiler’s weather segments, as well as on our Facebook page, our Twitter feed and on our Instagram account. And we always give credit. Providing a handle for Instagram would be appreciated! 

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Take better hiking pictures with these five easy-to-follow photography tips

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Do you take photos when you’re out on a hike? Of course, you do – we all do. Why wouldn’t you want to capture the amazing scenery atop a hill or that pretty bird you spotted in the forest? Everyone needs to see them. Sadly, not everyone will enjoy the blurry, underexposed, badly-framed pictures you took on your smartphone; however, with these five tips, you can ensure that people will not only endure but actually enjoy your hiking photos.

One thing that can certainly ruin your photography is wearing inappropriate gear, which will make you less focused on capturing the beauty of nature. As the adage goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing,” so make sure you dress appropriately for the weather, time of the day and area you’re about to traverse. Check out T3’s best waterproof jacket, best hiking boots, and best hiking backpack guides for more info.

The best thing about these hiking photography tips is that they don’t start with ‘buy the Canon EOS R6 Mark II’ (full disclosure: we love that bad boy). In fact, you can upgrade your outdoor photos at no extra cost using these suggestions. Using the proper gear helps, but not necessary. The five hiking photography rules are as follows:

  • Have your camera at hand at all times: Time is of the essence when you spot an animal or a cloud formation, so having your camera or smartphone at hand is essential. If you’re using the former, something like the Peak Design Capture (retailer link) can be helpful.
  • Start early/finish late: The best lighting conditions are when the sun rises or sets, so time your hikes accordingly.
  • Follow the basic rules of photography: Rule of thirds, framing, vantage point – you can only break the rules if you understand them, and you need to follow them to understand them. Pay attention to the scene in front of you and how you want to capture it.
  • Tell the whole story: Don’t just take seven million photos of the same mushroom on the forest floor; take the viewers on a journey by showing them the best pictures from beginning to end.
  • Edit the photos: You can use any editing software but tweak the images before they are shown to others. Many photo apps are free to use and can do automatic editing (e.g. Snapseed). Alternatively, you can use paid software such as Adobe Photoshop or Affinity Photo to edit your pictures more professionally.

Need new camera gear? T3 can help you choose the best beginner camera, the best mirrorless camera, the best DSLR camera or the best compact camera for you. For the most adventurous of you, we recommend the best action cameras or the best drones (maybe both).

Winners announced for Photo Arts Club of Toledo photography contest

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Over 200 people were in attendance on Friday as the Photo Arts Club of Toledo announced the winners of their annual amateur photography competition.

The grand prize this year was a certificate for a La-Z-Boy chair valued up to $599.

Competition was fierce as 146 photographers had submitted 732 photos to the contest. The number of entries was more than double the number of the previous year.

Wennie Anderson, co-director of the contest, attributes the increased interest to skilled advertising as well as interest in the La-Z-Boy chair.

“A lot of advertising goes into it,” said Anderson. “Different television stations and different radio stations and different newspapers… It’s a lot of work but it’s really worth it.”

The number of entries to the contest exceeded the previously announced limit of 500 total submissions. 

“We had said we were going to stop at it at 500,” said Anderson. “We didn’t really realize that there was four places that the pictures could be dropped off to be entered. And when we picked up all the pictures, we had 732 pictures.”

Although there were more submissions than planned, the judges made sure to give each one a thorough review. The seven judge panel, comprised of professional photographers and Metroparks leadership, took five and a half hours to judge the photos.

The photos are displayed in the National Center for Nature Photography within Secor Park. They are available to view on weekends from noon to 4 p.m. until March 6th. The exhibit will also be closed on Easter weekend.

This year’s best in show was HMS Belfast at Night by Jamie Van Natta. A full list of winners can be found here.

Pictures of Fall | The Art of Chasing Autumn

Autumn is a season of transition and change, a time when the world around us transforms into a kaleidoscope of warm colors and textures. It is a time when the trees shed their leaves, revealing the intricate details of their branches, and the air becomes crisp and cool. Autumn is also a season of nostalgia, a time when we reflect on the memories of summer’s past and anticipate the coming winter.

Towering Aspen and Silver Birch trees intertwine to create a wall of autumn splendor on Last Dollar Road between Telluride and Ridgway in Colorado. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

Art Inspired By Autumn

Autumn, also known as Fall, is the season that exists between summer and winter, where many types of plants and trees slip into dormancy as they prepare for the cold weather to roll in. During this season, trees that aren’t evergreens undergo a process often called the “changing of the leaves.” When the weather starts to cool, the foliage gradually fades from a rich green to shades of yellow, red, orange, and brown before the leaves die and fall to the earth.

There is no shortage of inspiration to be found in this beautiful season. From the vibrant colors of the changing leaves to the misty mornings and hazy sunsets, autumn offers a wealth of opportunities to capture its beauty and essence through artistic mediums. Travelers visit destinations all over the country in preparation for this change to take place, as the autumn leaves are often a sight to see, sometimes resembling a brilliant fire.

Planning vacations according to the projected fall changes isn’t unheard of, and several popular destinations exist where the colors that come about during fall are more vibrant and memorable than in other areas across the country.

There is no question why they call it colorful Colorado as dappled light and dreamy clouds drift over the top of the San Juan Mountains outside Ridgway, Colorado. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

7 Places In The US To Find Fall Color Inspiration

Below are some of the most remarkable places to visit in the United States if you want to explore the changing seasons on an autumn photography expedition or simply gather inspiration for an upcoming fall-themed painting.

1. Autumn In Vermont

Autumn in Vermont is characterized by vibrant colors of foliage as the leaves on the trees turn from green to shades of red, orange, and yellow. This natural phenomenon draws tourists from all over the world to witness the stunning display. The crisp cool air, clear blue skies, and the smell of wood smoke from cozy fires create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Vermont’s agricultural heritage is also celebrated during the fall season, with harvest festivals, apple picking, and pumpkin patches. The season lasts from late September to early November, with the peak foliage usually occurring in mid-October.

Places to See Include Stowe, Manchester, Woodstock & Bennington.

A young and fiery Lace Leaf Japanese Maple tree glows in all its autumn glory just inside the gates of the Portland Japanese Garden in Portland Oregon. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

2. The Colors of Colorado

Colorado is composed of a fantastic mix between cities, friendly little towns, and wide open wilderness. As such, it’s a premier destination for fall travelers with any sort of preference. The state of Colorado is one of the very best displays of autumn color and the United States and a must see place to visit if you want to hike, raft, camp, or perform any activity out in nature.

Additionally, there are several towns and cities that welcome travelers around the fall season. If you want to remain warm and comfortable in addition to seeing truly one-of-a-kind views of the leaves changing in fall, Colorado should be at the top of your list. If you are an aspiring nature photographer and you haven’t visited Colorado during fall, you simply don’t know what you are missing!

Places to See Include, Breckenridge, Owl Creek Pass, Million Dollar Highway, Telluride & Aspen.

The gnarled branches of a Japanese maple spread forth a flaming crown in a sculpted garden in Portland, Oregon. Beside a tranquil pond, the winding footpaths and soft beds of moss are scattered with the gold and crimson stars from this dazzling display. Fine Art Limited Edition of 100.

3. The Pacific Northwest in Autumn

The Pacific Northwest experiences a beautiful and unique autumn season characterized by cool temperatures, rainy weather, and colorful foliage. The forests in the region turn golden and red, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. I have spent my entire life and career as a nature and landscape photographer in the Pacific Northwest. As a result, I have provide you with a list of my favorite photography locations to experience the wonder of autumn in the Pacific Northwest.

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington – This park is famous for its stunning fall colors, and visitors can enjoy the scenery while hiking, camping, or taking scenic drives.

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon – The gorge is known for its waterfalls and scenic drives, but it’s also a great place to witness the fall colors.

Leavenworth, Washington – This charming Bavarian-style village is surrounded by mountains and forests that turn golden and red in the fall, making it a popular destination for leaf-peeping.

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon – This park features a scenic hiking trail that takes visitors past several waterfalls and through a beautiful forest that turns bright shades of red, orange, and yellow in the fall.

A rush of clear water races down from the forbidden peaks of a range of misty mountains. Along the rocky banks, flashes of gold announce the arrival of autumn to the high places. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

4. Chasing Fall in Maine

Maine is the uppermost state in the northeastern section of the US, and if you’re a traveler who enjoys historical settings and colonial design, you’ll want to pay Maine a visit. In addition to historic buildings and museums, Maine also has an array of rolling hills, mountains, forests, and waterways.

It’s a beautiful state, especially for artists who want to capture images of the season’s effects in a variety of settings (for example: fields, rocky terrain, creeks, the outskirts of towns, etc.).

Places to See Include Acadia National Park, Camden & Kennebunkport.

A dense forest of aspen outside Leavenworth, Washington forms a tangled maze of black and white. Only the red flashes of the undergrowth, clinging to the last warmth of autumn show the way through. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

5. Fall Color & History In Virginia

Virginia is another great location for vacationers who enjoy both history and nature. Virginia has plenty of historical sites to visit as well as attractive landscapes to photograph. The national park walking trails present plenty of opportunities to observe the natural world as the leaves change colors, and depending on how far down the trails you walk, you’ll surely come across something inspiring.

Places to See Include Charlottesville, Abington & Shenandoah National Park.

6. Autumn Wild In Wyoming

Unlike some of the areas mentioned in this list, Wyoming isn’t always a key destination for travelers who want to see forests and mountains. However, the rolling country setting across the state provides great photo opportunities and inspiration to drive the creation of art.

While there are areas that have trees and mountains, some of the grassy fields and farm fences provide artists with a nice change of scenery.

Places to See Include Cheyenne, Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Park.

A royal carpet of scarlet leaves winds through a stand of maples in the deep of fall. A quiet country road bears its hidden splendor before the snows that will hide its brilliant chromatic display until next year. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

7. The Diversity of Autumn In Utah

Utah’s geography is incredibly diverse including mountain ranges, forests, and deserts and slot canyons, each with its own unique autumn color palette. In the mountains, aspen trees are a major contributor to the fall foliage display, turning vibrant shades of yellow and gold. In the lower areas and canyons of Utah, Cottonwood and other trees and shrubs provide an endless show of the brilliance of the changing seasons.

Places to See Include Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Factory Butte and Capital Reef National Park.

Why is Autumn Themed Art So Popular?

Fall-themed art is warm, welcoming and easy to blend in with existing art pieces in a home or office. Reds, yellows and browns mix well with many typical color schemes found in the home. Earthy colors and tones are quite versatile, and when used to capture a specific scene, these colors can evoke moods and emotions that compliment and tie together the elements of your decor.

People enjoy autumn nature photography and fall-themed art because it inspires a sense of calm, a feeling of warmth, security and protection from the cold outside world. Autumn art is also nostalgic, often reminding its viewers of time spent with family and friends, the holidays and the comfort and happiness the season often brings.

Autumn Nature Photography

Since my childhood, autumn has always been my favorite season. As a nature photographer, I look to autumn every year and do the majority of my best work during this time of year. If you enjoy autumn photography and the colors of the fall season, I invite you to experience it through my eyes across my online galleries including Mountains & Meadows, Aspen & Birch Photography & my Japanese Gardens Collection.

The crystal waters of a mountain stream pass lazily over golden stones and around lichen-covered boulders. Along the low banks, the vegetation is ablaze with the colors of fall. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

Dappled light kisses the peaks of the Rocky Mountains and illuminates the autumn leaves of an Aspen grove like matchsticks in the wind near Ridgway, Colorado. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

A tangled web of skeletal branches lace together the ashen trunks of a grove of aspen near Leavenworth, Washington. Unfazed as yet by the chill of winter, the fiery hues of the autumn undergrowth bleed through a hush of fog. Fine Art Limited Edition of 100.

Ferndale dancers are focus of new photo exhibit – Times-Standard

The beauty of dance has been captured by photographer Matt Knowles for a new exhibit showing in April at the C Street Studios, 208 C St. in Eureka.

“Dance in Shadow and Light” will be hanging inside the workspaces of artists Paul Rickard and Stock Schlueter and features dancers from the Ferndale Dance Academy.

“We feel honored to be exhibiting our photographs in Paul and Stock’s gallery space. They are highly respected artists, and we so appreciate that they are granting us the opportunity to exhibit our work to a larger audience,” said Laura East, owner and director of the Ferndale Dance Academy.

She says the idea for this photo exhibit evolved over time.

“In January of this year,” she said, “the Ferndale Dance Academy celebrated its 20th anniversary. In commemoration, Matt Knowles, who is also a website designer, and I worked to redesign and launch a new studio website. We then decided  that a new website called for new photos, so we arranged a photo shoot. Matt has taken the photos for our studio since we opened, so it was only natural that we would work together on this.”

Photographer Matt Knowles says that most of his “favorite photos that I have taken the last 25 years have been with ballet dancers.” (Photo by Matt Knowles)

The photo shoot proved to be “quite an interesting day,” East said, because Ferndale suffered a power outage that lasted for several hours.

“One family brought a generator to the studio so that Matt could continue to shoot without having to reschedule,” East said. “This lent itself to creative problem solving where lighting was concerned and, ultimately, highly atmospheric  photographs with an intimate quality that draw you in. It also inspired the title of the exhibit, ‘Dance in Shadow and Light.’ We literally had no
choice but to work with shadow and sparse lighting.”

Knowles has been a photographer since the late 1970s and opened his business, Aesthetic Design & Photography, in 1999. He and his wife moved to Ferndale in 2000.

Over the years, Knowles has won numerous awards at both the Humboldt County Fair and the Redwood Acres Fair in the professional divisions, including Best of Show. He’s been photographing Ferndale Dance Academy dancers since the studio opened in 2003.

“I have been working with Ferndale Dance Academy since the beginning,” Knowles said. “I  have also worked with numerous other dancers in my own work. I love working with dancers as they are creative posers and it makes my job a  lot easier. Most of my favorite photos that I have taken the last 25 years have been with ballet dancers.”

He added, “I tend to use very dramatic lighting in my studio work. When working outdoors, you’re pretty much at the mercy of what nature gives you, and here in Humboldt County, Mother Nature can be a pretty fickle lighting director. But indoors, I’m the creator, and I love being able to set the mood by intricately controlling the light just how I want it.”

The dance photos in this current show “illustrate the versatility of our dancers and represent the wide range of styles that we offer at the Ferndale Dance Academy, including ballet, contemporary, lyrical, tap, hip hop, jazz and
tumbling,” East said. The photographed dancers range in age from 12 to young adult, she noted.

All of the dancers in the images will be traveling to Santarém, Portugal from July 10 to 15 for a cross-cultural dance exchange with Círculo Cultural Scalabitano, a dance school certified by the Royal Academy of Dance. The artistic and cultural exchange was developed by East and Vítor Murta with the support of Santarém’s Minister of Culture.

“Dancers from both countries will take classes in  a variety of styles for seven hours a day taught by instructors from both dance studios,” East said. “The intensive will conclude with a collaborative performance, which will include a piece created during the intensive featuring the dancers from both countries.”

The Ferndale dancers are working to raise $10,000 to cover their airfare and lodging, East said.

“They have a GoFundMe page and have held several fundraisers,” she said. “Anyone who would like to help support them may contact the Ferndale Dance Academy at 707-496-0805 for further information.”

The dancers will also be holding a donation-based bake sale during Arts Alive! on April 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the C Street Studios.


Changes to dog policy for nature reserves

The UK is without doubt a nation of both dog lovers and nature lovers, but these two passions are not always completely in sync, writes Erin McDaid of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

Dogs are more popular than ever before, with an estimated 34% of UK households now sharing their home with man’s best friend.

Just as appreciation of nature and local wild spaces grew during lockdown restrictions, it seems that dog ownership grew too ­— increasing the chances of issues when walking dogs on nature reserves.

Dogs must now be kept on short leads at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves. Photo: 2020Vision.

Just like most of us, to keep healthy and happy, dogs need fresh air and exercise, but depending where people choose to exercise their dogs, this can bring them into conflict with wildlife. Even the friendliest, most gentle dog still looks like the predator they evolved from ­— and that’s just how wildlife such as birds and small mammals see them.

An encounter with a dog, even a very brief one, can be hugely stressful for birds, mammals, reptiles, and other animals. Sometimes it can even prove fatal either through an rare attack or because disturbance leads to nests or young being abandoned.

Our dogs can also have less direct impacts on the natural world around them. It might seem harmless to leave dog poo in the undergrowth, but the extra nutrients this adds to the soil, especially on sites popular with dog walkers, can disrupt nature’s balance, leading to the loss of wildflowers as delicate plants are replaced with nutrient-hungry species such as nettles. Cleaning up after your dog and keeping them on a short lead whilst on nature reserves and in other vital wildlife habitats will go a long way towards keeping wildlife safe.

Birds, reptiles and other wildlife view even the friendliest of dogs as predators. Photo: Mike Vickers.

While many nature reserves across the UK don’t allow dogs at all, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has a long standing policy of welcoming well-behaved dogs ­— and well-behaved owners.

Until recently, we asked people to keep their dog under close control but sadly this advice can be misinterpreted and is difficult to enforce. With the advent of extendable leads and the significant increase in dog numbers, we’ve changed our policy and now ask people to keep dogs on a short lead when visiting our sites unless there is explicit signage saying otherwise.

A few weeks ago, we issued a news release outlining our change of policy – timed to coincide with the start of the bird nesting season and lambing season – a period when dogs, wildlife and livestock often clash. But the issue of dogs disturbing wildlife and livestock is year-round.

The ground-nesting nightjar is particularly at risk. Photo: John Smith.

The sad fact is that dogs off leads is one of the biggest causes of wildlife disturbance and this issue is particularly problematic for the many species that breed on or close to the ground.

Ground-nesting birds, such as corn bunting and skylark, are particularly at risk. Research shows that 66% of ground-nesting birds are in decline in the UK, compared to 31% of other species. When you consider that some ground nesting species, including the mysterious nightjars that breed on heathlands in Sherwood Forest, have come all the way from Africa for the short breeding season, it is incumbent on us all to ensure they have every chance of success.

Dogs can also be a threat to livestock, especially sheep, with regular problems reported on our reserves where we use conservation grazing to manage habitats.

Many of us at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust are dog lovers too and the last thing we want to do is spoil anyone’s fun or that of their dog’s, but our sites are primarily havens for wildlife and we need all visitors’ help to ensure that wildlife can thrive and that everyone can enjoy them. Many people are unaware that birds can be nesting on the ground just a short distance from footpaths and familiar birds such as dunnock and blackbird can also nest very close to the ground in bushes and brambles. An inquisitive dog wandering just short distance off the path could impact on birds’ chances of breeding success.

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So, next time you visit a nature reserve remember to keep dogs on a short lead and don’t forget to clear up after them ­— taking the dog waste home with you if there’s no bin or the bin is full. By following these two simple guidelines it’s possibly to enjoy taking your pooch for a mooch around your local nature spot without harming or disturbing wildlife.

Further details of our Dogs on Nature Reserves policy can be found at