Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland would like to congratulate the winners of the 2020/21 Rotary Young Photographer competition.
The theme on this occasion was “Wild Nature”, where contestants were challenged to capture the vibrant natural world around them.
Age groups have been set to allow for all participants to have a fair chance at winning and have equal skills as their peers. These consist of Junior (7-10 years), Intermediate (11-13 years) and Seniors (14-17 years).
The main aim for the competition is to allow young people to experiment with photography, use creativity to interpret the topic set and express their ideas through the medium of photography.
The panel of judges consisted of Andrew Ansell from Insightful Photography, Owen Clements of Owen Clements Photography and Rebecca Warner who is a Projects Manager at Rotary GB&I.
Judges were looking for “great composition, sharp focus, atmosphere and the right angle.”
“Being a wildlife photographer is more than taking a picture of a flower,” they said. “It’s about understanding the animal or plant in the image and entering its habitat in order capture that moment.”
Below are the excellent photographs from the winners of this year’s competition:
1st Place – Cambridge Rotary Club
“Our jaws hit the floor when we saw this puffin coming into land right on the tip of a ledge. This was a real ‘wow’ moment.”
2nd Place – Chesham Rotary Club
“The level of detail in this image impressed all of us. Being able to see every feather on such a small bird is an impressive achievement. The focus on the eyes is crystal clear.”
3rd Place – Ilfracombe Rotary Club
“The ripples on this photograph create the feeling of movement caused by the duck cleaning its feathers. The water is clear and the lighting is beautiful.”
1st Place – Berkhamsted Rotary Club
“We all loved this beautiful owl, perched serenely with an ethereal glow around it. The misty softness of the trees adds to the peacefulness of the owl.”
2nd Place – Whitby & District Rotary Club
“The fungus looks velvety in texture and the shadows underneath give clear definition to the shape.”
1st Place – Camberley Rotary Club
“To be so close to a nervous creature such as a lizard and to get down on the same level as it was takes real skill.”
2nd Place – Durham Elvet Rotary Club
“The Snowdrops taken from an unusual angle really caught our attention.”
3rd Place – Cambridge Rotary Club
“How wonderful to encounter a grass snake in this way and to capture it when the tongue is out. The rapid movement of the tongue is hard to capture.”
If you would like to participate in the 2021/22 event the theme is ‘Colours of Nature’. For more information follow this link: