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Amateur Photographer

Giraffes - 42pts, Third place

Ian Webb, Bristol Canon EOS 450D, 18-55mm, 1/250sec at f/1, ISO 200 Ian took this image at a zoo in Lyon, France. 'I was fascinated by the way these giraffes would go back inside at the same time every day for a siesta and some food, so I came back over four or five days to try to capture them when the sun was casting intricate shadows. I had in mind a black & white image because of the patterns involved. On the last day I was there they walked in single file and the one at the back just happened to throw her head back at the right moment, completing the image I had in mind.' Judges say, 'Ian has showed great patience in creating this very striking image. The perfect background, poses and light – it all works very well.'

Giraffes - 42pts, Third place
Amateur Photographer, Apr 12, 2011