Leica Fieldsports Photographer of the Year '17 – The Results
From the judges:
Across all five categories, we received in excess of 800 entries, making it almost impossible for our judging panel to pick the overall winning images.
“It was unbelievably tough,” commented judge Marcus Janssen. “It has taken literally hours and hours of deliberation to make our final selections, and in truth, there were several technically brilliant images that would have all been deserved winners, so in the end, we had to go with our hearts and choose those shots which moved us in some way, either transporting us to a particular place, or capturing and conveying the magic, nostalgia, thrill or excitement of the sport in question.”
“The level of this year’s entries was very high,” added judge Michael Agel from Leica, “so it was even harder than usual to make our selections.”
During the shortlisting process, the judges do not know who the images were taken by – they simply receive the original jpeg files on a USB with all files named generically.
“So, the fact that we ended up with one photographer taking the overall winning image and the runner-up image was as much as a surprise to us as it will be to him,” added Marcus. “But what an accolade it is to photographer Craig McCann.”
For the fourth year in a row, the Gundogs category proved to be the most popular, accounting for over a quarter of the entries, closely followed by the Game shooting category.
Beyond the key criterion of capturing the magic and allure of the respective sport or subject portrayed, the judges were also looking for photographs that exhibited outstanding technical skill and ability with a camera, a natural eye for composition and aesthetics, and attention to detail in the processing of the digital file.
“As always, we were looking for images that have it all,” commented judge and top fieldsports photographer Tarquin Millington-Drake. “Fortunately, across all five categories, we received entries that weren’t just beautiful and technically brilliant, but had that x-factor, images that stirred something in you as a country sports enthusiast.”
Overall winner: Craig McCann
Runner up: Craig McCann
Fishing: Corin Smith
Gundogs: Sarah Farnsworth
Game shooting: Alizée De Vanssay
Other: Sarah Farnsworth
Stalking: Steven Rennie
For the full results, including highly commended entries, see the June/July 2017 issue of Fieldsports. (CLICK HERE)