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Julie Fletcher Photography

Thursday, 02 May 2019 00:00

BIG PICTURE comp winner 2019

Yep my image Resilience takes out a place in this major competition..........................

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Winning images from the California Academy of Sciences’ annual BigPicture

photography competition announced

From rarely-seen animal behaviors to jaw-dropping landscapes, winning images

represent best in nature photography from around the world

 

San Francisco (April 30, 2019)—The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is excited to announce the winners of this year’s BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition. Over 6,500 photographic submissions were entered by world-class photographers representing 67 countries—all capturing captivating moments of life on Earth that inspire action to protect and sustain it.

 

A gallery of this year’s winning images was just published by bioGraphic, the Academy’s online magazine about science and sustainability and official media sponsor for the BigPicture competition. Gallery photos and captions are available for syndication to interested media outlets upon request.

 

Competition entries were judged by an esteemed panel of photographers and photo editors, including Jury Chair and renowned wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas, joined by international photo editors Lewis Blackwell and Sophie Stafford, and award-winning nature and conservation photographers Esther Horvath, Cristina Mittermeier, Roy Toft, and Greg du Toit. Photo categories include Terrestrial Wildlife, Winged Life, Landscapes, Waterscapes & Flora, Aquatic Life, Art of Nature, and Human/Nature. This year’s photo essay category, Pushing the Limits, documents extraordinary adventures, remote locales, and intense conditions—all to get the perfect shot on the edge of nature.

 

This year’s Grand Prize image, titled “Black Grouse Showing Off” by photographer Audun Rikardsen of Tromsø, Norway, provides a glimpse at the showy display of a black grouse looking to impress female birds from atop his coastal lookout. Rikardsen spent three years preparing for the shot, and while his original goal was to photograph majestic golden eagles, it was a happy coincidence that this charismatic grouse frequently returned and became comfortable in front of the camera. Rikardsen, who grew up in a small Norwegian fishing community, draws inspiration from his lifelong fascination with the Artic’s rugged landscape and wildlife. Check out all of this year’s Grand Prize, First Place, and category finalists here.

 

"This year's Grand Prize winner is a stunning photo that combines technical skills and creative brilliance," says Suzi Eszterhas, BigPicture Jury Chair. "Here, the photographer has managed to capture the grouse’s breeding display in a way that transports the viewer to the scene. It is a testament to how patience, dedication, and deeply knowing your subject can produce a remarkable image. In this case, Audun spent years trying to capture this photograph, and I am so grateful that he persevered, for it is truly a gift to us all."

 

Since launching in 2014, BigPicture has established a fast-growing reputation within the photography community, receiving a four-star rating from The Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests by Photo Shelter five years running. In 2018, Chronicle Books released Wonders, a photography book featuring more than 100 breathtaking images from the BigPicture competition and a foreword by Dr. Sylvia Earle, renowned marine scientist and ocean advocate. The book was nominated for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards in the Photography & Illustrated Travel Book of the Year category later that year.

 

Awards include $12,000 in cash prizes and all 50 winning images will be featured in the annual BigPicture photography exhibit, set to open on July 26, 2019 at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:00

Kangaroo Island workshop 2018

Hi Julie,


Just a short note to say how much we (Paul joins with me in these remarks) enjoyed the Kangaroo Island workshop. 

You have a wonderful eye for a photograph of course, but your workshops give the amateur access to great places at great times to take exceptional photos. Your knowledge of the island is alone well worth the price of the course. 

But more than that, for myself the four hours spent on Lightroom techniques were of tremendous assistance to me, despite years of my muddling about. 

The Lake Eyre week was great, but so were the two days here at KI. We will catch up again. 

Thanks again for the pleasure your wonderful photos give us. You inspire us to do better. Until we meet again.

Cheers,
Duncan Meeks

Paul Loane

QLD

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:00

Kangaroo Island workshop 2018

 

I just wanted to thank you again, tell you how much I enjoyed, and appreciate the weekend spent with you. You certainly put in a lot of effort and I didn’t want you to think this went unnoticed. I learned a lot from you and feel you have helped me to reignite my confidence to venture out and about at any time, including times with not so favourable lighting conditions (even without a man in tow) so again thank you.

 

Linda Reinen

Victoria

 

I just wanted to thank you again, tell you how much I enjoyed, and appreciate the weekend spent with you. You certainly put in a lot of effort and I didn’t want you to think this went unnoticed. I learned a lot from you and feel you have helped me to reignite my confidence to venture out and about at any time, including times with not so favourable lighting conditions (even without a man in tow) so again thank you.

Linda Renin 

VIC

Hi Julie,

I had a great relaxed weekend and want to thankyou so much for cramming so much into a short space of time. I have done other workshops but can honestly say that you covered more information and also shared locations and made sure that everyone was ok and got some nice shots. The post production day was very helpful and you explained things in lamens terms without going to technical so it was easy to digest. You are fun and take an interest in everyone and what level they are at and then accomodate that level.

thankyou so much for a great weekend.

John Mosman

Victora

 

Hi Julie,

I just wanted to thank you for a great 2 days of both photography and post production. I learnt so much in such a short time and as I did not have much time to spend on the island this time round it was perfect for me time wise. The locations were so different and challenging and places I would not have ever gone too as I would not have known they even existed. The post production session was an eye opener for me and I realised how much I dont know and how sloppy I have been up to know.

Thanks again for a great weekend.

Tania Waters NSW

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:00

Flinders Food Co display 2019

Another year passes by and if you are going through Hawker this year stop in for a coffee and a feed and Flinders Food Co the cafe in Hawker just off the Highway. I have a selection of work in there showcasing the Flinders and outback region. All for sale off the walls as prints or framed works. All the work is also available here from my website.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:00

Kangaroo Island 2 day workshop March 2019

Another 2 day workshop finished with a small group of people. Day 1 consisted of going over a few critical camera settings before heading out to 3 different locations for practical photography tuition and help. Day 2 was post production using Lightroom which is hands on with your own images. This trip is jam packed with information for the beginner to intermediate level person or someone who just wants an insight to the island and is time poor. Its a great budget weekend in which you will learn ample and see some great spots.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:00

Kangaroo Island workshop 2018

December 2 day workshop went very well and we photographed at several locations on day 1 and then had post production on day 2. Everyone captured some nice images and had a great weekend. I covered a lot of information over both days including composition, light, lenses, settings, histogram white balance and of course post production and a few neat options to make and streamline post production. Contary to belief post does not have to take hours or be hard, less is more and keep it simple when starting out but dont be lazy or get complacent as it shows in your work and post production.

Next workshop is in March check out the details and read some of my testimonials online too.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:00

Exhibition at Sheps Gallery Kangaroo Island SA

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