With the help of local photographer Penny Bird, we have finally narrowed down our short-list of photos for the Spring Photo Competition. Time for you to vote for your favourites!
It’s been a long while in coming but we have finally managed to work through all the many fantastic photos that many of you have entered into our Spring Photo Competition 2021. It took a while as there were at least 100 entries and they were all so good it was difficult to whittle them down to a short-list.
However, with the expert help of local photographer Penny Bird in Harpenden we have somehow managed to get them down to a short-list of five entries for our landscape, wildlife and local Hertfordshire landmarks category. Apologies for any confusion – a number of people thought that these were separate categories and sent in multiple entries.
Now it’s your turn to vote! Let us know your three favourite photos from the shortlist by using the box at the bottom of the page to vote. A big thank you to local businesses who have pledged prizes, Cedars Nature Centre and the Old Cross Tavern in Hertford.
Penny Bird says: “My views are completely my own, and based on the emotional response each image evokes for me. I loved the opportunity to choose my favourites thank you – and my message to everyone who took part is to keep taking photographs, they give pleasure to those around you, but mostly to yourself!”
Spring Photo Competition 2021 – landscape, wildlife and landmarks shortlist:
1. Orange tip male butterfly balanced on a burst of forget-me-knots by Kate Hennessy:
Orange tip butterflies are one of the signs that spring is really underway – they are one of the first butterfly species to emerge from the pupae, and for me, they signify warmer days, a flourish of spring flora and that “spring” in our steps when we see the back of winter.
Technically this photograph is outstanding, the light is even and exposure is spot on, I love how you can see the detail of the wings, slightly ragged along the edges, the colour balance is great and background distraction is minimal. It also takes a lot of patience to photograph a butterfly in the garden. A fantastic capture.
2. Duck – Thomas Cubitt:
Love the sheer joy and abandonment of this photograph. The backlit spray of water droplets makes me think about how much happiness spring brings. I like how you’ve rendered it in black and white to offset the water and the slower shutter speed has almost made it look like a firework. Great treatment.
3. Shades of green – wheat field by Su Morley in Codicote:
The palette of green announced by spring ranges from the bright yellow greens to the darker blue greens, and hundreds of shades in-between. I love how this image showcases many different greens, so reminiscent of the season, as far as the eye can see. The composition is unusual and eye-catching, the patches of light increase the contrast in colour, and the scene lacks a clear subject, which draws me in to the feeling of expansiveness and newness.
4. Forest bluebells – by Simon Burkett:
Every year I look forward to these flowers carpeting the forest floor, but mostly the delicate smell they bring. Simon has taken this landscape photograph in gorgeous light, I love the interest from the long soft shadows of the tree sentinels and the clear, straight pathway into the distance. Great execution of a much photographed subject.
5. The Robin by Laura Haley:
Wow. What a perfectly caught moment. You must be a camera ninja to capture this. Congratulations.
Vote for your favourites from the photos above by midnight on Sunday 1st August! You can vote for up to three of these photos. Leave us a message in the box below and let us know if you would like to receive our regular email newsletter:
We’ll be announcing the winners of the children’s category soon. Don’t forget you can also still enter the pet photo category until Sunday 1st August.