APOY 2014 Competition Results Round 2 – Animal Planet

There were a number of strong entries for round 2 of APOY 2014. Here we reveal the top 30 photographs from our Animal Planet round

Gerard Sexton, of Wallingford in Oxon, is the winner of our Animal Planet round of APOY 2014. Gerard will receive an Olympus OM-D E-M10 with a 14-42mm EZ Pancake zoom, a 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens, a 40-150mm zoom, a 9mm fisheye lens, a macro adapter and a street case.

That’s a total retail price of £1,200. The E-M10 has a 16.1-million-pixel, four thirds-sized CMOS sensor and a TruePic VII image processing system. The 14-42mm EZ Pancake zoom lens is the most compact pancake lens and the 45mm f/1.8 portrait optic is ideal for low-light portrait work without flash.

Our second-placed winner is Mark Helliwell, of Macclesfield in Cheshire, who will receive an Olympus Pen E-PL5 camera plus a 14-42mm and 40-150mm twin-lens zoom kit worth £500. Despite its small size, the E-PL5 offers serious image quality with its powerful 16.1-million-pixel sensor and a new OM-D component in the TruePic VI image processor. It also has lightning-fast autofocus.

Ellie Willis, of Newton Abbot in Devon, finished third and wins an
Olympus Stylus SP-100EE Ultra Zoom camera, with a 16-million-pixel
sensor and 3in LCD screen. The SP-100EE includes an autofocus lock so
you need never lose a shot due to fuzzy focusing. The camera also
features a 50x optical Ultra Zoom lens with a focal length ranging from

1st Gerard Sexton,
Oxon 50pts

Canon EOS 1D Mark 1V, 400mm, 1.4x converter, 1/3200sec at f/4.5, ISO 800

Judges say: ‘This was one of those shots where the judges had to stop and stare to work out whether or not the heron was real. The reason is that it’s such a perfectly captured moment. The position of the legs, the spread of the wings and the arc of the branch have all come together to form a dynamic image. Not only that, but the subtle lighting has resulted in a dramatic and engaging shot.’

2nd Mark Helliwell,
Cheshire 49pts

Nikon D300, 18-200mm, 1/125sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

He’s Behind You

Judges say: ‘Looking at this image of two owls – a great grey and a horned – there’s a very famous photograph that instantly springs to mind: David Bailey’s image of the Kray twins. This is such a different and humorous take on animal portraiture that we couldn’t help but award it second place.’

3rd Ellie Willis, Devon 48pts

Nikon D90, 18-50mm, 1/125sec at f/16, ISO 200, 2-point flash lighting and two large softbox attachments


Judges say: ‘Ellie’s image of her brother and his two beloved ferrets after building them a new home was a shot we kept revisiting. Where it succeeds is in its simplicity. It’s a portrait that brings together the human and animal world in a clean and unfussy photographic manner – and who doesn’t love ferrets?’

Top 50 entries for this round:

  • 1 Gerard sexton 50pts
  • 2 Mark Helliwell 49pts
  • 3 Ellie Wills 48pts
  • 4 Chris Dixon 47pts
  • 5 Iain McConnell 46pts
  • 6 Angela Nelson 45pts
  • 7 Steve Webb 44pts
  • 8 Leo Walton 43pts
  • 9 Dennis Low 42pts
  • 10 Jevgenijs Scolokovs 41pts
  • 11 Sue Harding 40pts
  • 12 Yehya Belhadad 39pts
  • 13 Bill Sell 38pts
  • 14 Conrad Ziebland 37pts
  • 15 Ian Bramham 36pts
  • 16 Al Punja 35pts
  • 17 Peter Warrington 34pts
  • 18 Farid Sani 33pts
  • 19 Mark Crocker 32pts
  • 20 Florinel Sandu 31pts
  • 21 Dan Deakin 30pts
  • 22 Seshikanth Middela 29pts
  • 23 Jenny Coughlan 28pts
  • 24 Alison Lythgoe 27pts
  • 25 Aaron Karnovski 26pts
  • 26 George Taylor 25pts
  • 27 David Tolliday 24pts
  • 28 Chris Wood 23pts
  • 29 Andrew Blake 22pts
  • 30 Dusica Paripovic 21pts
  • 31 Adrian Mills 20pts
  • 32 Alexandra NicoletaMarcu 19pts
  • 33 Barrie Cranston 18pts
  • 34 Ron Daly 17pts
  • 35 Bill McKenzie 16pts
  • 36 Mike Hughes 15pts
  • 37 Kieran McDonald 14pts
  • 38 Jianwei Yang 13pts
  • 39 Katherine Woodman 12pts
  • 40 Lorena Barrionuevo Grabinski 11pts
  • 41 Geoff Kell 10pts
  • 42 IanScotland 9pts
  • 43 Michael Marsh 8pts
  • 44 Richard Eyers 7pts
  • 45 David Fletcher 6pts
  • 46 Brian Mcdonnell 5pts
  • 47 Andy Lovell 4pts
  • 48 Alan Warriner 3pts
  • 49 Alaric Wood 2pts
  • 50 Magdalena Malkowiak 1pt
  • View the winning Images in the APOY 2014 Gallery

    See the APOY 2014 Leader Board after this round.

    Results and Rounds APOY 2014