The TPS Natural History Competition Winners

Last night saw the judging of our annual Natural History Competition at TPS. It’s a tough brief, to take a well-balanced, interesting photo of something from the natural world, depicted perfectly in its natural environment. Photos of Dave the Dachshund in the back garden are definitely out, but that still leaves an enormous variety of options for our intrepid army of photographers.

And our TPS members didn’t disappoint! We saw spiders, mallards, woodpeckers and woodlice, as well as few more exotic beasts. Plus, of course, some fabulous plants, rocks and fungi. Isn’t nature great?!

Thanks to our judge, David Carine LRPS, we have a winner of our 2020-21 Natural History Competition and that honour goes to Jon Cowdock LRPS for his stunning image of a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly. Well done Jon!

Migrant Hawker Dragonfly – Aeshna mixta by Jon Cowdock LRPS

We also had some very close runners up. In second pace was Geoff Spriegel with this delightful image of a cheetah and cub:

Cheetah and Cub on Termite Mound by Geoff Spriegel

And in third place was this dramatic image of elephant seals fighting by John Nathan ARPS:

Elephant Seals Fighting in Snowstorm by John Nathan ARPS

The full scores are available from our Competition Results page.

Thanks to everyone who took part. We hope you enjoyed the evening and feel inspired to capture some of the wonders of our natural world, maybe in readiness for next year’s competition.


Next week we’ve a guest speaker joining us over Zoom at vTPS. Paul Graber LRPS will be making the case for monochrome. Even with fancy digital cameras that can capture millions of colours, sometimes monochrome is all an image needs. For full event details visit our Events Listing, and join us from 8pm on Thursday for another inspirational evening at TPS. We look forward to seeing you there!

PS Don’t forget to put your clocks back this weekend. By my calculations, I reckon we all get a whole extra hour to capture some lovely photos!