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Published 03/08/17

Image of Mating Flies Wins Top Nature Photography Prize

Spirit of Nature Photography Competition - Winners Announced

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The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers have announced the winners of the Spirit of Nature Photography Competition.

For this competition we asked to see anything that captures the essences and spirit of all aspects of nature and wildlife photography.

Larry Doherty from County Tipperary, Ireland was chosen as the winner from over 410+ images entered in to the competition.

Larry has won 12 months membership to The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) organisation.

Larry goes on to tell us ‘’I'm thrilled to have my image chosen from the many other excellent photos. Thank you. I look forward to being a member of the SINWP.’’

‘’Photo taken in County Tipperary, Ireland. I take macro photos of insects etc all the time. I like to show the insect life that is under our feet. A lot of people don't even see this part of our wildlife or dismiss it. ''

View the winners here

‘’These flies were on a sycamore tree trunk. The hardest part was making sure I got the two flies heads in focus. It took about 3 attempts to get the image I wanted.

I used an Olympus Em5 Mark ii camera and the Olympus 60mm macro lens with diffused flash. Flash was the Meike MK320 for micro four thirds. I use a Lumiquest Softbox attached to the flash and also another DIY diffuser in front of that to get nice soft light. Because there was nothing directly behind the tree, the flash falloff meant I got a black background which I think works in this image.’’

Technical details: Handheld. Manual mode, f/11, 1/160 and manual flash adjusted to suit the subjects.

Phil Jones, the Societies CEO says, ''The Spirit of nature competition brought in a tremendous high standard of images, with Larry’s shot capturing the essence of the subject brilliantly.''

There are 2 runners up Anne Woodington from Guernsey, Channel Islands and Darren Athersmith from Cumbria, England both won 6 months memberships respectively.


1st Published 3 August 2017 09:18 Posted by Ben Jones
last update 19/09/2017 10:11:18



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