Photo Competition

The photographic competition is scheduled for 7th March 2018 and entries for three categories are welcomed from all members. You may enter photographs from previous years if you would like to try them again. The rules are in the right hand column and are unchanged from last year.

You can submit entries from 10th February to 21st February 2018.  Entries sent outside these dates cannot be guaranteed to be included.  Please send all entries to

Contact Colin if you don’t receive an acknowledgement. Please keep image files below 2MB each.  They will be displayed using standard Windows 10 software.  Entries should show bird name or abbreviation, initials of photographer and category of entry: e.g. CootCRWAction, GreatSWoodABCPortrait, MisThrushXYZFlight.  This helps sorting them all out!

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 years judges will be new to the BOC. They are Ashley Grove, a well known photographer, tour guide and speaker with judging experience. Ashley is a keen birder and you can read more about him on his website We are also delighted to welcome Mary Braddock, a popular speaker at many bird clubs who is a superb photographer in her own right. Mary is a winner of the prestigious President’s Award for services volunteering for the RSPB. Living in Surrey, Mary and her husband have enjoyed many trips to far flung places and offers a range of talks about her travels. To experience some of Mary’s images have a look at . We welcome them to the BOC.

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 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



  • 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