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Competition News and some "cool" wildlife photography!

Joshua Harris- a name to remember!
It’s been a busy week at NRPS! Ten members travelled to Bleadon on Tuesday to support the club’s entry into a four-way competition with the hosts, Blackwell and Lincombe Barn Camera Clubs. For Bleadon it was the last meeting before the Christmas break, and as such was full of festive cheer and goodwill.

Popular judge, Susanne Akerstrom provided well-crafted feedback and critique, coupled with light hearted and insightful commentary that kept us interested. NRPS got off to a good start, narrowly winning the Digital Section by one point from the eventual overall winners Backwell. David Chown, Jill Toman and Diana Walker did well with scores of 20 and 19 whilst Geoff Noad and Jenny Short both managed creditable 18-point scores out of a possible 20. We were less successful in the print competition in which, despite a score of 20 for Duncan Stewart and 19s from Jill Toman and Bill Collett, we trailed the other clubs. Combined scores gave us 3rd place overall and food for thought for future print submissions.

Our regular Thursday meeting was one of the best ever, with Cambridge Zoology undergraduate, Joshua Harris, providing a superb presentation of “Wildlife of the Cam Valley and Beyond”. A stunning series of images demonstrated the full range of his youthful enthusiasm and unquestionable talent. His experimentation with unusual and highly effective composition and viewpoints, together with his willingness to sleep in hedges to catch the best light, or climb onto fridges and lean at precarious angles to catch the antic of Peregrine Falcons in their urban habitat, have all combined to make him one of the most exciting and original wildlife photographers around today. Many of the images we saw had been shortlisted for the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, and his beautiful 2020 British Wildlife Calendar would make a fabulous Christmas gift for anyone with an eye for a good photo.

I for one, will certainly be a regular visitor to Joshua’s website ( He is hugely resourceful in his efforts to capture unusual viewpoints both above and below the waterline in Skomer and the Shetlands. He eyeballs the inquisitive seals and otters, and captures the magnificence of the birds in flight as silhouettes against a setting sun, or bathed in the angled light of an early dawn. Inspired by the work of Auden Rikardsen and other modern-day photographers, Joshua builds reflective pools in his back yard, and seeks the ultimate underwater images through creative use of filtered light and a trusty wetsuit in places further afield. He exudes all the the energy, enthusiasm and creativity that is born of youth and a totally “cool” approach to an art from in which he will undoubtedly be a talent to watch in future years.

Jenny Short