April 2024 Competition - Animals

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=== Please Read Before Submitting Your Entry ===
  • Only submit images taken during the current and previous two months (Feb, Mar, Apr 2024).
  • Metadata must be included and embedded with the image.
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Congratulations to last months competition winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part.

In first place with 16 votes was @pc45 with his epic star trails shot.
In second place with 10 votes was @Rhinodad with his stunning SpaceX launch of the Crew-8 mission on a Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center.
In joint third place with 8 votes was @Brian Scantlebury and his beautiful shot of the Ketetahi Stream in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand.
Also in joint third place with 8 votes was @dav1d with his beautiful seabird in flight.

Theme
For this month the theme is animals. So this could be pets (yours or someone else’s), animals in the wild or captive animals.

Here’s Cambridge’s definition and of an animal: “a living thing that can move and eat and react to the world through its senses, esp. of sight and hearing: Mammals, insects, reptiles, and birds are all animals. In ordinary use, animal means all living beings except humans: A lion is a wild animal, and a dog is a domestic animal.”

Competition Dates
Entries start: The date that this post is published.
Entries end: April 20th at 3am Eastern Time (9am GMT)
Voting starts: April 20th at 3am Eastern Time (9am GMT)
Voting ends: April 27th at 3am Eastern Time (9am GMT)


Shot Taken Date
Only submit images taken during the current and previous two months. The metadata including date must be included in the uploaded image.

What Do I Get if I Win?
1st Place - The first place winner will receive a $30 (US dollar) voucher for Amazon.
2nd Place - The second place winner will receive a $20 (US dollar) voucher for Amazon.
3rd Place - The joy of taking part.


There are no alternative prize or cash options, so if you are unable to accept an Amazon voucher I'm afraid you will miss out on the prize. If your local currency is something other than US dollars then the above amounts will be converted based on the exchange rate at the time. In the event of a draw the prizes will be split.

How to Enter + Rules
  1. Post your entries in this thread by scrolling down to the reply box then hitting the 'upload images' button, or just click here to reply. Insert image as full image not thumbnail.
  2. Sony cameras only.
  3. Camera metadata must be included in the images to verify.
  4. Only submit images taken in the current and previous two months) The date must be included in the image metadata.
  5. Only one photo entry per member.
  6. Keep the photos clean and family friendly.
  7. Please don't use sky replacements or AI image generation.
  8. You are free to change you image during the entry period.
How to Vote (when voting opens)
  1. Use the vote button (up arrow) to the right of the post (below post on mobile) to vote up images that you like
  2. You can vote on as many images as you like apart from your own
Upcoming Themes for 2024
Our themes for the year have already been decided to give you a heads-up on what's coming next.
  • Apr: Animals
  • May: Patterns
  • Jun: Motion
  • Jul: Mechanized Machines
  • August: Reflections
  • Sep: Close Up
  • Oct: Food
  • Nov: After Dark
  • Dec: Festivities
Feedback
I'd really appreciate feedback about how the competition is running but please don't post it in this thread. Instead please post any feedback in this thread in the Feedback Forum.

Thank you for participating and good luck!

Tim
 
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Please note the rules folks, especially regarding the date of submitted images.
  1. Sony cameras only.
  2. Camera metadata must be embedded with images to verify.
  3. Only submit images taken in the current and previous two months (Feb, Mar & Apr 2024). The date must be included in the image metadata.
  4. Only one photo entry per member.
  5. Keep the photos clean and family friendly.
  6. Please don't use sky replacements or AI image generation.
  7. You are free to change your image during the entry period.
Thank you! :)
 
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Otter
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  • ILCE-7RM5
  • 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports 024
  • 500.0 mm
  • ƒ/5.6
  • 1/500 sec
  • ISO 640
 
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Wood duck in all his glory, Santee CA
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  • ILCE-1
  • FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS
  • 600.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/2000 sec
  • ISO 2000
 
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=== Please Read Before Submitting Your Entry ===
  • Only submit images taken during the current and previous two months (Feb, Mar, Apr 2024).
  • Metadata must be included and embedded with the image.
======================

Congratulations to last months competition winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part.

In first place with 16 votes was @pc45 with his epic star trails shot.
In second place with 10 votes was @Rhinodad with his stunning SpaceX launch of the Crew-8 mission on a Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center.
In joint third place with 8 votes was @Brian Scantlebury and his beautiful shot of the Ketetahi Stream in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand.
Also in joint third place with 8 votes was @dav1d with his beautiful seabird in flight.

Theme
For this month the theme is animals. So this could be pets (yours or someone else’s), animals in the wild or captive animals.

Here’s Cambridge’s definition and of an animal: “a living thing that can move and eat and react to the world through its senses, esp. of sight and hearing: Mammals, insects, reptiles, and birds are all animals. In ordinary use, animal means all living beings except humans: A lion is a wild animal, and a dog is a domestic animal.”

Competition Dates
Entries start: The date that this post is published.
Entries end: April 20th at 3am Eastern Time (9am GMT)
Voting starts: April 20th at 3am Eastern Time (9am GMT)
Voting ends: April 27th at 3am Eastern Time (9am GMT)


Shot Taken Date
Only submit images taken during the current and previous two months. The metadata including date must be included in the uploaded image.

What Do I Get if I Win?
1st Place - The first place winner will receive a $30 (US dollar) voucher for Amazon.
2nd Place - The second place winner will receive a $20 (US dollar) voucher for Amazon.
3rd Place - The joy of taking part.


There are no alternative prize or cash options, so if you are unable to accept an Amazon voucher I'm afraid you will miss out on the prize. If your local currency is something other than US dollars then the above amounts will be converted based on the exchange rate at the time. In the event of a draw the prizes will be split.

How to Enter + Rules
  1. Post your entries in this thread by scrolling down to the reply box then hitting the 'upload images' button, or just click here to reply. Insert image as full image not thumbnail.
  2. Sony cameras only.
  3. Camera metadata must be included in the images to verify.
  4. Only submit images taken in the current and previous two months) The date must be included in the image metadata.
  5. Only one photo entry per member.
  6. Keep the photos clean and family friendly.
  7. Please don't use sky replacements or AI image generation.
  8. You are free to change you image during the entry period.
How to Vote (when voting opens)
  1. Use the vote button (up arrow) to the right of the post (below post on mobile) to vote up images that you like
  2. You can vote on as many images as you like apart from your own
Upcoming Themes for 2024
Our themes for the year have already been decided to give you a heads-up on what's coming next.
  • Apr: Animals
  • May: Patterns
  • Jun: Motion
  • Jul: Mechanized Machines
  • August: Reflections
  • Sep: Close Up
  • Oct: Food
  • Nov: After Dark
  • Dec: Festivities
Feedback
I'd really appreciate feedback about how the competition is running but please don't post it in this thread. Instead please post any feedback in this thread in the Feedback Forum.

Thank you for participating and good luck!

Tim

Cheetah at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
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  • ILCE-7RM5
  • E 150-500mm F5-6.7 A057
  • 500.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.7
  • 1/1000 sec
  • ISO 4000
 
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Hippo, Chobe, Bostswana

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  • ILCE-1
  • FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS
  • 400.0 mm
  • ƒ/9
  • 1/2000 sec
  • ISO 4000
 
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I was initially setting up to photograph the quadrant of the fungi when this yellow dung fly landed on it....took the image and then it flew off.


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  • ILCE-7M4
  • E 50-400mm F4.5-6.3 A067
  • 154.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/15 sec
  • ISO 400
 
Upvote 3
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  • ILCE-9
  • FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS
  • 600.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/500 sec
  • ISO 1000
 
Upvote 3
Almost stepped on this guy while he was sunbathing!
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  • ILCE-1
  • FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS
  • 376.0 mm
  • ƒ/14
  • 1/1600 sec
  • ISO 1250
 
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Fiery-Throated Hummingbird showing why it was named such
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  • ILCE-1
  • Sony FE 200–600mm F5.6–6.3 G OSS (SEL200600G)
  • 388.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/4000 sec
  • ISO 1250
 
Upvote 8
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  • ILCE-1
  • FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 2X Teleconverter
  • 600.0 mm
  • ƒ/5.6
  • 1/500 sec
  • ISO 800
 
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"Having a scratch"

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  • ILCE-7RM5
  • 400.0 mm
  • ƒ/8
  • 1/1250 sec
  • ISO 400


This is a New Zealand Fur Seal at the Goolwa Barrage on the Murray River, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia.
 
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Great spotted woodpecker chopping away for some food. Norway - 17.03.24


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  • ILCE-7M4
  • FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS
  • 576.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/1000 sec
  • ISO 2500
 
Upvote 2
A Dusky Moorhen sitting on a small underwater branch.
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  • ILCE-7M3
  • 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports 021
  • 600.0 mm
  • ƒ/8
  • 1/400 sec
  • ISO 800
 
Upvote 1
Central American squirrel monkeys, Sierpe, Costa Rica.

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  • ILCE-1
  • FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS + 1.4X Teleconverter
  • 295.0 mm
  • ƒ/8
  • 1/320 sec
  • ISO 2000
 
Upvote 11
Barred Owl at Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida.
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  • ILCE-1
  • FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS
  • 200.0 mm
  • ƒ/2.8
  • 1/200 sec
  • ISO 400
 
Upvote 3
Antarctica, 3 March 2024. Incredible how close the whales came to our Zodiac. Magestic mammals.

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  • ILCE-7RM5
  • FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS
  • 100.0 mm
  • ƒ/13
  • 1/1000 sec
  • ISO 400
 
Upvote 8
Gecko flash.jpg
  • ILCE-7RM5
  • FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
  • 90.0 mm
  • ƒ/13
  • 1/250 sec
  • ISO 100

Gecko - Flash used
 
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Red Kite.

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  • ILCE-9
  • FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS
  • 600.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/1000 sec
  • ISO 400
 
Upvote 2
Hedgehog.

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  • ILCE-7RM5
  • FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II
  • 200.0 mm
  • ƒ/2.8
  • 1/100 sec
  • ISO 12800
 
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  • ILCE-1
  • FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS
  • 600.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/2000 sec
  • ISO 1250
 
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Bald Eagle over watching the Elkhorn Creek in Frankfort, Kentucky.
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  • ILCE-9
  • FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS
  • 500.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/500 sec
  • ISO 320
 
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little egret
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  • ILCE-1
  • Sony FE 200–600mm F5.6–6.3 G OSS (SEL200600G)
  • 600.0 mm
  • ƒ/8
  • 1/2000 sec
  • ISO 640
 
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As you can tell from my lens choice, I came for the flowers seen in the background, but my dad's Shepherd (Lulu) had a different agenda.
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  • Sony E 30mm f/3.5 Macro
  • 30.0 mm
  • ƒ/3.5
  • 1/125 sec
  • ISO 160
 
Upvote 3
A big thanks to all who have entered this month. Entries are now closed and voting is enabled. Please use the up arrows to vote and remember you can vote on as many images as you wish.
 
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A huge thanks to everyone who took part this month, it was good to see the entry numbers up on March.

In first place with 11 votes was @dragonsdreams with his beautiful Central American squirrel monkeys taken in Sierpe, Costa Rica.
In second place with 9 votes was @etiennescamera with his cracking close-up of a Hippo in Chobe, Bostswana.
In joint third place with 8 votes was @iamdlewis with his stunning shot of a Fiery-Throated Hummingbird.
In joint third place with 8 votes was @GT12 with his majestic whale encounter.

I'll be in touch with the first and second place winners soon to arrange the vouchers.

Our theme for next month is patterns and this competition will be starting May 1st.
 
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