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twaffle

Michael 'Nick' Nicholls has won the 50th anniversary WPY. Nick is a fabulous photographer but I have to say that I was underwhelmed by his image of lions on a kopje.

 

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/wpy/gallery/2014/images/black-and-white/4873/the-last-great-picture.html

 

All the winners

 

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/wpy/gallery/2014/adult.html

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Soukous

Michael 'Nick' Nicholls has won the 50th anniversary WPY. Nick is a fabulous photographer but I have to say that I was underwhelmed by his image of lions on a kopje.

 

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/wpy/gallery/2014/images/black-and-white/4873/the-last-great-picture.html

 

All the winners

 

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/wpy/gallery/2014/adult.html

 

I agree completely.

 

I felt the same last year about Greg du Toit's winning image.

I think he too is a terrific photographer but the winning image nothing special at all.

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I agree. I haven't liked their winners for several years compared to many of the runners up and commendeds.

 

Still it does capture the essence of lions as they spend most of their time flat out.

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I agree as well. Looking at the awarded pictures It seems that this year's judges have gone for the 'arty' type images.

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kittykat23uk

Well at least it makes the competition feel achievable! Not that I have ever entered.

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I thought it was just me. I am looking forward to going again this year to pick "my winner"

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Alex The Lion

I do really like a lot of the underwater and landscape images, though not too excited about the winner.

 

I think that we have all come to expect that certain images in competitions will leave you scratching your head, though I have noticed there a correlation between photographers on 'big projects' and their images being included.

 

I have been fortunate to have a couple of images make the final, including one this year. Having been through the process, my one observation would be my descriptions of the event of capturing the image maybe a little too mundane compared to those that make the final cut.

 

Call me a cynic, but the number of captions where the person has taken their lives into their hands, performed death defying leopard crawls, their equipment is broken and the last shot they were able to take was this one, they were eaten by ants etc.....

 

I just read one for European Wildlife Photographer of the year, where the winner fell when getting out of the safari vehicle, heard their ankle crack, though having safely landed flat on the ground their camera in tack, took the image.

 

I quite like the rock art feel to the image, though could live without the melodramatic element of how it was captured.

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