This is the fourth year of the Sidcot Wildlife Photograph Competition and over 100 photographs were entered. Students from J5 to Upper Sixth submitted photographs of animals, plants and the natural environment and the pictures showed enormous talent both in photographic ability and of appreciation of the biological wonders of our world.
The entries were judged on the quality of the image, the composition and technical skill. This year’s runner up was Felicia Schürg, in Upper Fifth, whose photograph of a lion is astonishing in its composition and the way in which it captures the intensity of the animal’s gaze: you are drawn to its eyes and the focus is excellent.
The winner is Tomtom Lloyd in the Lower Fourth, who took some wonderfully composed close-ups of flowers and of water droplets on flowers and held by spiders’ webs. The detail of the images shows the astonishing beauty of the everyday living things around us, if we look closely enough.
There were such a lot of amazing wildlife photographs entered for the competition this year that the Lower Sixth students going to Tanzania this summer are going to use them to create a calendar and some notelets, so you will have a chance to see them in their glory and also to help raise money for an extremely good cause.
As last year, if you want to see more pictures, you could go to the M-Shed in Bristol, where an exhibition of the world’s best wildlife photographs has recently opened – I think our students’ work would not be out of place amongst these images! Thank you again to all the students who entered the competition.
Head of Sixth Form / Teacher of Biology