13 July 2010

Some good news for a change..........



So July has been pretty nasty. England's awful World Cup, non-stop construction noise, wet overcast weather and a flare up of gout in my big toe has left my nerves shredded.

But today I checked the letterbox and there was something from a big Japanese camera chain.  Junk mail? No! The above photo (a Spectacled Guilemot from January 2009 in one of the local harbours) has won first prize in a national photo contest. I sent it off to the amateur section and it won one of the 3 categories (nature I think but I actually can't recall which one exactly).

I had entered the photo several months ago and had totally forgotten about it. The prize money is a rather tasty ¥100,000 (a little over US$1000). It'll start my savings towards either a Canon 300 F2.8 or 500 F4 next year..................

Sometimes life throws us a few nice things. Not often I know.

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11 comments:

  1. Wow Congratulations!
    Hope you'll be able to get a new lens soon.

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  2. Thanks Unravel, it'll be a while yet I'm sorry to say...........

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  3. Congratulations!!
    It is a beautiful photo.

    If you buy a new lens, you should win the prize at least four times more.

    I hope you will use a new lens in our cruise.

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  4. Well done Stu. It's great the way you captured those different colours and textures.

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  5. Congratulations Stu, a very nice image it is too!

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  6. wow, Stuart that's an amazing picture.. well done.. you can bring me a nice bottle of single malt back at Christmas now!

    will cath up properly at the weekend..
    Keith

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  7. Good job, Stu! It is a great image of the Guilemot and nicely composed. I particularly like how the the shadow at the top is scalloped along its lower edge.

    cheers,
    Wilma

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  8. Congrats Stu!! You deserved it with this nice pictures and all the nice others you've been taking!! THe new lens is almost at the front door already ;-)

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  9. Very well deserved, this images is very nice! Keep up the great work ;)

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  10. Thanks for all the kind comments, the prize money is about 17% of the cost of a 300 F2.8 or 12% of a 500 F4..........it's a start at least.......

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  11. Congratulations!! Well deserved for a great image and an interesting bird

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