Saturday, September 27, 2008

BBC Countryfile Photographic Competition

I decided to enter the BBC Countryfile Photographic Competition this year which had the theme of 'animals in action'. This is a very popular competition which has the prize of the 12 finalists being used to create a calender to raise money for Children in Need. You could enter 4 photographs and I was going to enter four hare shots but at the last minute decided to enter 3 hares and a puffin. A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by the BBC and informed that the puffin photo had been selected by the judges as one of the final 12. The puffin shot entered is below.

Having announced the final 12 there was then a week of public telephone voting to decide the overall winner. As I heard nothing for a couple of days after the phone lines had closed, I assumed that someone else had won. However, unbeknown to me there was all kinds of secret plotting going on in the background, the first of which I knew about it was when a film crew burst into a meeting I was having at work. The surprise was further compounded by having my parents, my better half and some family waiting outside the door. I was then whisked away by the film crew to the local area of coast to record some further footage. The programme went out last Sunday and can be viewed for the next seven days on BBC iplayer.

The bit of the programme with my appearance starts at 44 minutes and 20 seconds into the programme.

So I would like to finish this post by thanking all the people who made the BBC visit such a surprise and pleasant day, to the judges for selecting the photo, to the public for voting for it, to my parents for making the long trip north but most of all to my better half , Dawn, for putting up with all those early mornings when I creep out of the house.

The calender can be purchased online from the following:


Renato said...

Hi Rchard!

Congratulations on the winning shot for the 2009 calendar!

One great shot!


Dawn said...

Dear Rich,
Congratulations on winning the BBC Countryfile Animals in Action Photographer competition. For those who missed this, go to the BBC website and look for Countryfile.
Love DawnXXX

shirl said...

Congratulations, Rich - great action shot :-D

kjpweb said...

Congratulations! Well deserved. Wonderful News!
Cheers, Klaus

Snowbabies said...

Congratulation Richard! Gutted when I thought I'd missed it but caught you on iPlayer this morning.


Steve said...

Fantastic! well done and many congratulations!

Austin Thomas said...

Congratulations Rich,

Well done and a deserved winner. A great image with lots of impact.

Cheers, Austin

T and S said...

Richard : I landed on your blog by chance and I m still thanking my lucky stars to have landed on your blog. You have some of the most amazing wildlife (especially birds) pictures.

And looks like my timing was right as well...Congratulations on your shortlisting on BBC contest.

I m adding you to my blogroll so I can see you images as you upload.

The best for me is the Cuckoo series...Regards Thomas

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Congrats and well done. Mike.

Peregrine's Bird Blog said...

Congrats on a Great photograph.

Rich Steel said...

Many thanks for your comments and good wishes. Ok time to get back to some photography :)



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Tabib said...

Congratulations on your winning the BBC country file contest.
Great shot!

Jane said...

I saw you on Countryfile the other week, and didn't put two and two together until a friend of mine made the connection (he reads your blog as well). I love "all" your pictures, and I'm always telling people about them... a very, very well deserved winner! (and we know what you look like now!) Jane :)

Tricia said...

Many congratulations Richard! Well deserved. I'd seen the picture and have now discovered the photographer!

Peter said...

Well done, and as previously said - well deserved.


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