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Photography Competition 46: Animals & Pets Photography

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This fortnight the Photoh groups have been looking at animal and pet photography.

It seems that we have some incredibly talented animal photographers in our Photoh and Facebook groups! We have been absolutely blown away by the high standard, and also by the range of photography styles, camera techniques and subjects captured.

Photographing animals can take a great deal of patience and planning, especially when you're dealing with fast moving or shy and hiding critters. Take a read of our animal and pets photography tips here.

The finalists for this fortnight are:

David Munro, Adelaide
David has used (the tricky to master) panning technique to really show off how fast this dog is leaping through the frame. It works incredibly well, and we love how the grassy background makes the subject really stand out.

Jaymie Clausen, Adelaide
Jaymie either has a great deal of patience, or a very well trained chicken, because these animals never seem to be still enough to get a good shot! Fantastic use of wide aperture to create the smooth background too.

Marnie Sullivan, Adelaide
What a great action shot! Marnie has really captured the movement well here, capturing the dust being kicked up by the horses. The horse on the right seems to be looking straight into the camera!

Gail Hart, Brisbane
This cow definitely isn't camera shy! We hope Gail's lens survived this shot, it's very up close and personal. We love how Gail has captured the cow's movement, and you can almost hear him chewing that grass. A fantastic - and brave - shot!

Giselle McMillan, Brisbane
We doubt there is anyone who didn't 'aww' at this photo! We applaud Giselle for giving this dog a dreamy photo shoot that it deserves. Wonderful use of that golden hour sunlight.

Matt Parr, Brisbane
The relationship that dogs have with their owners is amazing. Matt has summed this up perfectly by getting down to the dog's level and really focusing on the expression. The use of a wide aperture means you focus first on the dog, and then on it's human behind.

Glenn Cockerton, Melbourne
It's very clever how Glenn has chosen to capture such a tight crop of this scene, and it almost makes you look twice as the orangutan appears very human like in it's actions. Great shot Glenn!

Leanne Watts, Melbourne
The soft back light enhances this photo by picking up all the texture in this dog's fur, and draws your eyes to the little tongue flick in that yawn. This great photo proves that little moments like this with your pets can produce some really interesting shots.

Carmel Elliss, Perth
The way that Carmel has shown us both the view above and below the water is really clever, allowing us to take in all the details that are often hidden from sight. The fact that the crocodile appears to be staring straight into the eyes of the viewer is really effective and engaging.

Stephen Humpleby, Perth
This photo works really well because Stephen has got down to the bird's eye level, and allows him to look straight into the camera. We also love the black&white tones, that make the bird stand out from the grass behind.

Ann Hodgson, Sydney
This photo is very painterly like, and welcomes a few twists of the head before you are confident in what it is of. This all creates such an interesting shot, and a great study of the pelican's details.

Bala Krishnan, Sydney
Wow. We think that Bala may have found his calling with animal photography! He has found the perfect angle to photograph this emu from, with the rays of sunlight pouring through from behind to highlight all that texture and feathers. The colours of the eyes, beak and neck plumage really pop against the rest of the image. Stunning work Bala!

Luke Doran, Sydney
This cassowary appears to be emerging from the shadows, and Luke has made sure to take advantage of the light highlighting this bird's key features. The crop works really well, and allows you to focus on all that details.

John Cleasby, Sydney
The lighting in this shot is incredible! John has used the highlights and shadows to pick up all the scaly textures. The portrait crops works well in this photo too, keeping the eye in the centre of the frame.

The winner this fortnight is...Bala Krishnan!
Congratulations Bala, you have won a $100 JB Hi-Fi voucher!

And in second place we have Gail Hart!
Congratulations Gail, a $50 JB Hi-Fi voucher is yours!

The next challenge has a theme of Nature Photography.
This is such a broad topic, so feel free to go wild with wildlife and use all the photography techniques you can think of. Flora, fauna and landscapes all come under the umbrella term of nature photography, so there's a shot to be captured by everyone.

Entries will open on Saturday the 19th November and close on Thursday 1st December at midnight AEST.
To enter, simply post your photo on the Photoh Facebook wall stating your city.
First prize is a $100 JB Hifi voucher and second prize is a $50 JB Hifi voucher.

Please read our post on the competition rules and guidelines if you'd like more information before submitting a photo. If you have any other questions you can message us or email victoria@photoh.com.au.

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