Summer Swifts

Judith Wakelam 04

Mastery of the Skies by Judith Wakelam

Hopefully many of you have been able to visit the Museum over the summer to admire the incredible images in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. If you haven’t yet seen the inquisitive lion or the mysterious elephants, don’t leave it too long; it’s only on display until 22nd September.

Mastery of the Skies on display in the Museum

Mastery of the Skies on display in the Museum

Today we’ve had a new addition to the spectacular collection of photographs. Mastery of the Skies by Judith Wakelam (above) will sit alongside these international competition winners. Judith’s photograph was chosen as the winner of the Museum’s own Summer Swifts competition, a challenge inspired by the display of the WPY exhibition here.

Photographing swifts is particularly difficult – they are small birds which fly very quickly and almost never stop to rest. Although the competition received some excellent entries, the judges felt that Judith Wakelam’s image really captured the character and dynamism of a swift in flight, showing some motion but still retaining enough clarity to easily see the bird’s face.

Here are the other Summer Swifts competition entries, so you can see for yourself how high the standard was.

Mark Garrett

Mark Garrett

Martine Tenret 2

Martine Tenret

Tom Nicholson-Lailey

Neil Downing 3

Neil Downing

Nick Owen

Nick Owen

Stephen Powles

Stephen Powles

Klaus Roggel

Klaus Roggel

Chris Powles

Chris Powles

Maciej Szymański 1

Maciej Szymański

Gordon Bowdery

Gordon Bowdery

Henk Haans

Henk Haans

Ingolf Grabow

Ingolf Grabow

The Museum’s own colony of swifts has had a good summer and there’s now just one little chick left to fledge. We’ll all miss their distinctive screech as they soar around the Museum tower. Fortunately, Mastery of the Skies will keep the memory of high summer alive in the museum well into September.

Rachel Parle, Interpretation and Education Officer

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