Last modified: 13 June 2011
Image: John Flinchbaugh
The winning entries of a new wildlife photography competition are being showcased at an exhibition in the tranquil setting of RSPB Blacktoft Sands nature reserve.
At beginning of March, the RSPB and Associated British Ports (ABP) launched the Humber Estuary Wildlife Photography Competition, which challenged keen local photographers to get outdoors and capture some of the amazing wildlife in the area.
Over a hundred entries were received from people of all ages, with subjects ranging from the elusive water vole to the beloved robin. The difficult task of selecting winners from the three age categories fell to a judging panel, which included Great Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell, RSPB Birds magazine editor Mark Ward and Tom Jeynes, Sustainable Development Manager at ABP, Humber Ports.
After much deliberation they selected the following winners who will each receive a £100 Jessops vouchers: Colin Smales (over 18s), Jed William Atkinson (13-17) and Samantha Dalo (12 and under).
These winning entries, together with the best of the rest, will be on display at the main hide at Blacktoft Sands from Sunday 19 June throughout the summer.
Austin Mitchell, MP for Great Grimsby, said: “The entries to the competition reveal the great amount of photographic talent in the area, as well as the astonishing range of wildlife we have around the Humber. I was particularly impressed with the work of the younger entrants. We Oldies cannot rest on our laurels!”
Mark Ward, editor of the RSPB’s Birds magazine, said: “I’m lucky enough to be able to feature the work of some of the best wildlife photographers in the world in the pages of RSPB Birds magazine and I can honestly say that some of the photographs I judged would provide our professionals with some serious competition. It was great to see several tricky-to-photograph species captured on film by the entrants, as well as some fascinating behaviour of more familiar wildlife.”
Tom Jeynes, ABP’s Sustainable Development Manager, Humber Ports, said: “Our Humber ports are located on an estuary which not only provides some of the UK's most vital trading links to Europe and the rest of the world, but also hosts an exceedingly wide variety of wildlife, both above and below the water.
“We are totally committed to developing our business in an environmentally sustainable way, with the advantage of being able to assist in the UK’s shift to a low-carbon economy through our servicing of the renewable energy sector. In these ways we hope to help ensure that people will be able to enjoy the Humber’s world-class wildlife for generations to come.”