UPY 2016 British Waters Compact - Winner

Paul Colley

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UPY 2016 British Waters Compact - Winner
'Hello Ducky!' - Paul Colley

Whilst trying to photograph trout during a year-long river project with a home-made pole-cam, a raft of Mallard ducks muscled in to steal food intended to entice trout to the camera. This initial nuisance became an interesting opportunity and, shooting blind with the camera on the pole, I managed to catch the trout below water with a duck swimming overhead. Snell's window was an important pre-determined part of the composition. This needed a low viewpoint, an upward camera angle and a metric tonne of patience to allow all the elements to come together and make the picture work.

Judge's comment: Alex Mustard: River fish are notoriously shy and difficult to photograph, which makes Paul’s image all the more remarkable. Not only is it a handsome photograph of a brown trout, the perfectly framed female mallard is exceptional secondary subject. This compact camera picture took dogged determination, a custom built pole-cam and outstanding photographic vision to conceive such original images.

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