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Sunday, 19 January 2014

British Wildlife Photographic Awards – Stockwood Discovery Centre

I had spotted just one mention a while back that the exhibition of the award-winning entries to the most recent British Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition was due to open in the exhibition area within the Stockwood Discovery Centre, so  around half-one I arrived to see whether I could capture members of the public grasping the opportunity to view this excellent tableau of images taken by a wide range of talented photographers of all ages, sex and styles. I was a tad disappointed upon arrival to see so few, but it was not long before the numbers grew, and they seemed to peak as the public address counted down to the closure for the day!

I had set up CamRanger once again, this time the iPad was propped up on my camera bag, and I used it for two purposes, the most important being to check on my exposures and composition, and secondly after being granted permission of those in my view, I used the iPad to show those I photographed what I had captured to gain reassurance I was not painting them in a bad light. It was whilst I was taking the first few images that I found myself in conversation with a lady about how high the standard of quality was, and why I was there. A few minutes later a gentleman I knew came round to me, greeting me with the words: "You have just been speaking to my wife!" – it was Ron Taylor, author of the online magazine, Harpendia, who was visiting with much the same idea; that of publicising the event.

We chatted for a while and he asked could he use some of the shots, and would I also take some photos of himself, to which I then duly complied. It was good to see that young families were coming in, and that provided further interest to the shots I was taking, the response from the visitors was genuine approval, and many spent time learning more about the authors of the pictures and the birds and animals depicted.

I just hope that more publicity can be given to ensure that visitor numbers grow as this is a wonderful opportunity to view these outstanding images in bright and well balanced lighting and display conditions, a considerable amount of care has gone into how the area is lit to ensure the very best viewing environment. There is also a large monitor displaying movies, which I noted had attracted a family group watching engrossed.

Because I had set myself a task to take pictures of the exhibition and its visitors, I ran out of time to spend viewing the display myself, so I shall be going again with a different aim, in the coming days.

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