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Contest #5, 2002
(announced Nov. 13, 2002)

First Place - Heather McFarland
Second Place - Heather McFarland
Third Place - Steffen Foerster

Honorable Mention - Tom Fox
Honorable Mention - Ted Robinson
Honorable Mention - Heather McFarland

On The Surface - Photo © 2002 by: Heather McFarland
First Place
"On The Surface"
Heather McFarland
Wetland Awakening - Photo © 2002 by: Heather McFarland
Second Place
"Wetland Awakening"
Heather McFarland
Hidden Monkey - Photo © 2002 by: Steffen Foerster
Third Place
"Hidden Monkey"
Steffen Foerster
Mallard Hen © 2002 by: Tom Fox

Honorable Mention
"Mallard Hen"
Tom Fox

Sun Spider © 2002 by: Ted Robinson

Honorable Mention
"Sun Spider"
Ted Robinson

Morning Glory © 2002 by: Heather McFarland

Honorable Mention
"Morning Glory"
Heather McFarland

(See judge's comments at bottom of page)


Photographer's Comments

First Place - Heather McFarland

On The Surface - Photo © 2002 by: Heather McFarland
Photograph: On The Surface
Date taken: August 2002
Location: Brevort Lake in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D1X, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8. 1/125 sec at f/5.3.

Comments: Canoeing in early evening, I noticed that the reflections from the vegetation on the shoreline combined with the gently swaying water made for an interesting abstract background for these lilly pads.

Second Place - Heather McFarland

Wetland Awakening - Photo © 2002 by: Heather McFarland
Photograph: Wetland Awakening
Date taken: September 2002
Location: Clarkston, Michigan, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D1X, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8.

Comments: Warm September days coupled with clear chilly nights, combine to turn cooling lakes and wetlands into mystical wonderlands each morning. The rising sun was just over the horizon and to the right of the tree providing nice side lighting and warm color.


Third Place - Steffen Foerster

Lighting Strike - Photo © 2002 by: Steffen Foerster
Photograph: Hidden Monkey
Date taken: May 2001
Location: Kakamega Forest, Kenya
Equipment used: Canon EOS 50, Canon IS 100-400.
Website: Steffen Foerster Nature & Travel Photography

Comments: I was following a group of blue monkeys through the rainforest of Kakamega for the whole day without getting any significant chance for a good picture. Just before I wanted to give up and go home, I discovered this female at the edge of the forest low in a tree, staring at something far away. I quickly searched for the right position to see her eyes clearly, careful not to scare her away, and could only expose this one picture before she disappeared.



Honorable Mention - Tom Fox

Mallard Hen © 2002 by: Tom Fox
Photograph: Mallard Hen
Date taken: August 2002
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin, USA
Equipment used: Canon 1D. Canon 70-200 f/2.8.

Comments: On a chilly morning, a Mallard hen baths herself in early morning sunlight on Green Bay. I shot this while at our summer vacation spot.

Honorable Mention - Ted Robinson

Sun Spider © 2002 by: Ted Robinson
Photograph: Sun Spider
Date taken: 2002
Location: Potomac River, USA
Equipment used: Pentax 6x7.

Comments: Like most nature photographers, I was an outdoor person who also loved photography. The more time I spent with a camera, the more I became attracted to nature's beauty, large and small. I have a desire to capture some of that beauty on film although I'm never satisfied with my photos for long because of my still developing skills. I work with black and white and color because each has its own style and use and certain scenes demand one or the other. I use both medium format and 35mm slr cameras, but use my Pentax 6x7 whenever possible for quality reasons.

I had been taking some shots of the Potomac River area one evening when I noticed this large spider hanging too close to my head. I wanted to get a picture, but there wasn't enough light. My only option was to shoot into the setting sun getting a profile of its shape. I had to get too close for comfort, but it was worth it.

Honorable Mention - Heather McFarland

Morning Glory Photo © 2002 by: Heather McFarland
Photograph: Morning Glory
Date taken: September 2002
Location: Clarkston, Michigan, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D1X, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8. 1/320 sec at f/8.5, no filters used.

Comments: Marsh grasses are highlighted against a backdrop of fog and golden morning sunlight.



Full Text of Judge's Comments

First Place: "On The Surface" Besides the remarkable use of light in this image, it also has another quality which set it above the others - composition - and the way the photographer saw beyond the "surface" of nature's presentation to the more difficult vison of seeing its passionate beauty. In short, there is a difference between truly seeing something versus simply looking at it and then recording it with a camera. This image evokes a lush feeling - the universal allure of God's mysterious canvas in nature.

Second Place: "Wetland Awakening" Here is another example of excellent seeing. There is more than just a powerful quality of light in this image. The photographer chose the best time of day to shoot this scene but went beyond the mechanics to find that perfect place in the marsh where light and scenery combine for a striking view of a peaceful morning.

Third Place: "Hidden Monkey" Who couldn't admire and respect the work the photographer did to get this image? But we don't judge photos for how difficult they were to attain. This image was chosen for its simple composition and the captive way it snares you with those dark eyes staring at the viewer through thick foliage. It illustrates the way nature, in all of its universal appeal, still retains its own domain - a threshold we constantly strive to cross to achieve the intimacy we seek in our nature photography.

Honorable Mention: "Mallard Hen" Beautiful light and the graceful arch of the Mallard's back, accentuated by the ripples of water which follow her curves, made for a remarkable image of a situation which could have easily been another mediocre photo of a duck in a pond. We love images like this which confront us with the simple beauty which can be found in simple subjects. It reminds us that the only thing which truly separates us from making incredible nature images is our personal skill.

Honorable Mention: "Sun Spider" The photographer used some creative thinking to make this image. His goal was to photograph the spider but the lack of light prevented him from following his original thought. But then he used the light available to him in the setting sun to create an image which is most likely far better than the image he might have made under different circumstances. All of this means one thing - the use of light is a key ingredient in making your photography better. Learning to see that light and utilize it in creative ways will always separate you from the "pack."

Honorable Mention: "Morning Glory" The photographer provides us with another view of the marsh pond located near her house. This image was chosen for its strong lighting and linear composition combined with a great exposure which captured the beautiful subtle shadows in the grasses. Her low angle gave the image a clean uncluttered background and provides the viewer with a succinct moment in nature. You can almost hear the wind in the grass as you study this image.



About the judge

Judges for this contest were: David Leeson and Kim Ritzenthaler

David and Kim are founders and owners of www.fieldandforest.com. For more about them please visit: About Us

e-mail: David Leeson
e-mail: Kim Ritzenthaler