Photo Competition

The BOC holds a photographic competition annually.  The 2020 date is Wednesday March 18th and entries are welcomed from all members. You may enter photographs from previous years if you would like to try them again.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Friday March 6th.

We have changed the categories slightly for this year with Flight and Action combined and a new categoryBirds in their Environment’. Pictures that best demonstrate the relationship between birds and the environment in which they are found will be successful here. As always you can submit up to three pictures in each.

  1. Portrait
  2. Flight and Action
  3. Birds in their Environment

Please email your entries to using the naming format below. You will receive an email receipt for your entries. Entries on CD or data stick can be handed to me if you prefer.

Naming format:    YourName_Category_BirdID – for example JaneCampbell_Portrait_Robin

There will be prizes of £25 (category winners) and £10 (runner up) vouchers from London Camera Exchange and, of course, the kudos of winning the Gordon Langsbury Memorial trophy on a vote of members at the end of the evening.

This is an enjoyable evening, open to all members, you do not have to submit many images if you have only a few or even just one you particularly wish to share – all are welcome.


Photographic Competition 2019

Richard Collins won the Gordon Langsbury Memorial Trophy with his wonderful picture of a Welcome Swallow which was also winner of the portrait category with Mandarins by Ewan Jones taking second place. In first place in the action category was John Absolom’s Sanderling; second was Dave Rimes’ Splendid Fairy Wren. A Skylark taken by Ewan Jones took first place in the flight category with Richard Collins’ Australasian White Ibis in second place. This was a fun evening and thanks are due to our wonderful judges Ashley Grove and Colin Wilson.

Judge Ashley Grove awarding the Gordon Langsbury memorial Trophy to Richard Collins
Portrait and overall Winner: Welcome Swallow by Richard Collins
Action Winner: Sanderling by John Absolom
Flight Winner: Skylark by Ewan Jones

Photographic competition 2018

The winner the Gordon Langsbury Memorial Trophy and our Photo Competition for 2018 was John Absolom with his beautiful image of a Dunlin. Congratulations to John, keeping up our tradition of regularly finding new excellent photographers from our membership. The vote from the audience was close so the other category winners were unlucky. They were Martin Musselwhite with his amazing Osprey with Avocets and Ken White with a fabulous Black-headed Gull in flight. The standard was very high and I will try to post some further examples later. Winners not there on the night will receive their prizes in the post. Our thanks go again to Mary Braddock and Ashley Grove for being our excellent judges this year.

Photographic Competition 2017

The BOC’s 2017 photographic competition was held on 8th March, with judges Andrew Cleeve, author and photographer and Mike McKee, many times winner of our Photo Competition.

The winners and runners up in each of the categories were as follows, with the eventual winner (and new holder of the Gordon Langsbury Trophy) Michael Miller with a dynamic picture of two cock pheasants fighting, being chosen by the audience.

      • Portrait Winner – Whinchat John Walker; runner-up – Golden Plover Brian Winter
      • Action Winner –  Fighting Pheasants Michael Miller; runner-up Kestrel with mouse Brian Winter
      • Flight Winner – Annas Hummingbird John Walker; runner up – Fulmar Steven Day



  • 2019: Welcome Swallow by Richard Collins
  • 2018: Dunlin by John Absolom
  • 2017 : Fighting Pheasants by Michael Miller
  • 2016 : Red-footed Falcon by Mike McKee
  • 2015: Eider and young by Bill Watts
  • 2014 : Little Owl by Brian Winter
  • 2013 : Cory's Shearwater by Ken White
  • 2012 : Kestrel by Brian Winter
  • 2011 : Blue Tit by Dave Bartlett
  • 2010 : Black-necked Grebe by Marek Walford
  • 2009 : Arctic Redpoll by Nick Boyes
  • 2008 : Grey Heron by Bill Watts
  • 2007 : Pallid Swift by Michael McKee