Photography Competition winners for October

We really struggled to pick just one image this month -  the entry standard was incredible, eventually we picked two photos Val Gall's red stag just nudged Olivia Massi's seal into second place.  Both have won a six month subscription to CJS and Val has taken the main prize this month of a robin nest box from Wildlife and Countryside Services.

Red stag by Val Gall
 The red stag is a beautifully balanced, perfectly composed and in focus image.  Every hair is visible, the texture of the antlers and the spikiness of the gorse, even  the water running down the lifted stepping foreleg which together with the disrupted reflection in the water below all come together to create a sense of movement in what is a quite serene image.

Here to Help by Olivia Masi
Here to Help is the caption Olivia gave her photo of the seal, it's quite easy to believe that is what the BDLMR medic is saying to the seal whose head tilt gives the impression that they're deep in conversation. This is another perfectly focused, nicely composed image with both medic and seal centre stage but neither overshadowing the other.

It seems fitting that flora should follow fauna so the suggested theme for November is Plants and Botany and the prize is membership of Prize: membership to Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland