Small scale winners announced.

The subject for the September online competition was “Macro” so gone were the wide expanses of the seascapes of August and in came a world in miniature. The judge this month was Robert Bilton so he had to get his magnifying glass out and determine who is deserving of awards this month.  He has deliberated (and squinted and trained) and come up with the following comments.
When I was asked to judge the Macro Monthly On-line competition I had no idea that the level of entry would be so high. I have been amazed by the quality of the images which has made judging them not an easy task by any means. After much deliberation and repeated viewings of the images my choice for 1st,, 2nd and 3rd are as follows:
3rd Place – Fibonacci Strikes Again – When I first saw this image I thought it was a strange name for a flower, then it dawned on me that it was a reference to the mathematical rule shaping the patterns of life: the Fibonacci sequence, a set in which each number is the sum of the previous two (very ingenious). Putting that aside I this is a really interesting image, well thought out and for me perfectly exposed with the interest in the centre gradually working its way to the outer edges.
2nd Place – Painted Hopper – I would guess photographing insects requires a great deal of patience and determination to get the best results. To me this is a great example of a macro image, the image is sharp throughout, well exposed and the neutral background really makes the hopper stand out.
1st Place – Green Banded Swallowtail Butterfly – It was a very difficult choice between the Painted Hopper and the Green Banded Swallowtail Butterfly for first place as they were both outstanding images and my comments regarding the hopper also apply to the butterfly but in the end the butterfly has the edge. Well done the author of this image.
I would also like to award a Highly Commended to ‘Only a Rose’. I love the soft tones and the detail in the petals but I would have like to have seen more of the rose rather than the tight crop that has been applied to the image.
As I have said previously, judging competitions is never an easy task as we all have our opinions on what is the best image and two peoples views will never be the same, if your image has not be chosen please do not be put off as there is always next month’s completion and who knows you might have a winning image. 
Finally, a big thank you to all those who entered and thank you for inviting me to judge this month’s on-line completion.
Best wishes and good luck for Octobers ‘Boats or Ships’.
Thanks for all those comments Robert but everyone wants to know who the winners are. Receiving a Highly Commended was Nigel Hazell with “Only a Rose” whilst in third place was yours truly, Steve Wright, with “Fibonacci Strikes Again”. In second place was Michelle Howell with “Painted Hopper” but (in my view deservedly) taking the top honours was Paul Wagstaff with his superb “Green Banded Swallowtail Butterfly”. Well done to everyone. You can see them all in the gallery below. Next month, as Robert has said, the theme is “Boats or Ships” (neatly sidestepping and definitions problems!). Entries as usual by midnight on the 20th of October.

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