The BOC holds a photographic competition annually. The 2024 date is Wednesday March 20th and entries are welcomed from all members.
This will be held at Reading University and on Zoom. You may enter non-winning photographs from previous years if you would like to try them again.
The closing date for entries is midnight on Friday March 9th.
This year you can enter photos in three categories. The number you can enter is fewer this year as we intend all entries to be commented on by the judge. We will publish the number you can enter at a later date but it is likely to be one or two per catergory.
- Flight and Action
- Birds in Berkshire
Please email your entries to J.Campbell@rhul.ac.uk 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.
The Club may use photographs of birds taken in Berkshire in its publications. If any of your photos were taken in Berkshire, whichever category they are entered into, please tell us when and where you took them, by following the relevant file naming format below. Other photos, not taken in Berkshire, do not require the date and location.
File naming format for photographs taken in Berkshire
YourName_Category_BirdID_DateTaken_Location – for example JaneCampbell_Portrait_Robin_25May22_MoorGreenLakes
File naming format for other photographs
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 2020
The Gordon Langsbury memorial Trophy was won by Brian Winter’s Black Grouse which also won the Flight and Action category with Tony Ward’s Black Headed Gull the runner-up. Birds in their Environment was won by Andy Tomczynski’s Snipe and the runner-up was Brian Winter’s Gannets. A portrait of Collared Nightjar won the final category with Ewan Jones’s Spotted Sandpiper runner-up.
The Gordon Langsbury Memorial Trophy
Winner of the Trophy and of the Flight and Action category: Black Grouse by Brian Winter
Runner-up: Black Headed Gull by Tony Ward
Birds in their Environment Winner: Snipe by Andy Tomczynski
Birds in their Environment runner-up – Brian Winter’s Gannets
Portrait winner: Collared Nightjar by David Massie
Runner-up: Spotted Sandpiper by Ewan Jones
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.
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