Animal magic in week three of our #PhotographersWold competition

Animal magic in week three of our #PhotographersWold competition

5 February 2021

It wasn’t really a surprise how enthusiastic the Woldingham community was for week three of our #PhotographersWold competition with its “animals” theme – we received almost 150 entries.

Many thanks to this week’s guest judge Mr Kim Scott-Clark, newspaper picture editor, photographer and Woldingham parent. As usual, the photos were anonymised for judging.

Mr Scott-Clark’s results are:

Student winner: Suhwa, Year 9 Just such an appealing image; you want to take the cat home. This image stands out because the eyes are so sharp against the rest of the soft image. Technically it is a very good use of focus that results in perfect ‘eye contact' for the viewer and an emotional connection of fragility and longing.”

Very well done to Suhwa, who was also highly commended for her “sun and light” photo last week.

Adult winner: Woldingham alumna Lola Makower, whose entry came all the way from New Zealand. The use of light and shadow makes this a striking image. I love the texture of the dog's fur, the reflection and beautiful 'ripple' of the sandy beach. I feel this is an excellent example of a black and white photo that makes the dog stand out from the background and also accentuates the detail of the reflection and beach.”

Mr Scott-Clark also highly commended the following photographers, whose photos feature in the gallery below, along with the winning photos in their individual glory:

Annabelle, Year 7 (dog ‘Quinn’ by window) and Assistant Registrar Miss Clare Trayner (cat ‘Theo’ by window) “Two lovely compositions that just say 'lockdown' and evoke the feeling of wanting to be outside and for some of being alone.”

Megan, Year 7 (gull in flight) “I like the slight blur of wing but very sharp eye; the subject stands out well against dark sky.”

Isobel, Year 10 (stag) “A very difficult animal to photograph in the wild. A majestic beast framed nicely by the cold-looking mountain.”

Tilda, Year 11 (jellyfish) “A simple image but magical to look at.”

Louise, Upper Sixth (kitten ‘Storm’) “This made me smile as we all know how distracting and yet entertaining our pets can be. Another image that captures our lockdown situation.”

Click here to see more of the great photos submitted this week.

The two winning photos will go through to the “grand final” at the end of the competition. 

The fourth and final week of the competition has the theme “close ups”. Who knows what we might see? Let your creativity and imagination inspire you.

Please email your entries to by 4pm GMT on Wednesday 10 February.

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