Phil Winter’s dramatic capture of a tawny owl was voted ‘Simply the Best’ as the winner of Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Photography Competition. His prize is £150 cash, kindly donated by The Ecology Consultancy.
But Phil nearly didn’t enter his winning image, luckily his wife persuaded him it was the best shot for the calendar. Phil said ‘I have others that show the tawny owl with a mouse or vole, and even a shot with a small rabbit. Another has the owl with a mole. My wife insisted that if the calendar was hanging in our kitchen, none of the above would be appropriate when she was cooking the dinner!”
Phil told us more about his tawny owl photography project, “I had set a camera trap to record the time a fox came past my hide. When I checked the camera in the morning, there was the tawny on a perch in front of my hide. The perch was put there for photographing buzzards so it was a surprise to find the tawny perched up.”
You can see more of Phil’s owl photo on his Flickr page.
Runner-up was awarded to James Bryan’s atmospheric photo of early winter in the shadow of the Downs. James will receive vouchers, kindly donated by hiSbe – how it Should be supermarket
James recalled “when I took this photo I managed to get my car stuck in the field. The only way to get back on the road was to drive down past the barn and hope I could get out that way! Fortunately, I was able to and made my way to work”
Maxwell Law’s grass snake swims into third place, winning a meal for two kindly donated by The Old Tollgate Restaurant & Hotel, Bramber.
Maxwell said “I took this photo at Pagham Harbour, I was in camouflage low by the pond waiting for bathing birds, and got a real surprise!”
An online calendar featuring all the 12 finalists will be available monthly throughout 2015.
Congratulations to all our winners and a huge thank you to everybody who entered and voted in this year’s competition.