Many congratulations to Guild member, freelance photographer John Eveson, for carrying off the top prize in the IFAJ’s DeLaval-sponsored Star Prize for Agricultural Photography for the second time.
His all-action image of a young sheepdog trying to impose its will against a flighty ewe was captured at a sale at Skipton Mart in January 2009.
“Some of the dogs are young and inexperienced so you tend to get a few close encounters between dog and sheep,” says John. “I took a series of this dog as it came towards me.”
The winning image
John was also awarded a Highly Commended certificate as runner-up in the Nature/Landscape category for an atmospheric picture of a storm cloud with a rainbow coming from the centre.
“I’d spotted the cloud while driving on the motorway in Scotland – it looked like a huge UFO as it formed in an otherwise clear sky,” John recalls. “I left the motorway as soon as I could and got to a suitable place to take the picture, which happened to be Wetherall in north Cumbria.”
UFO or storm cloud?
John wins 250 euros for his sheepdog image, judged the best among a vast entry of high quality pictures published by members of agricultural journalism Guilds, club and similar organisations affiliated to the IFAJ around the World.
To see all the entries, visit the IFAJ website and click on one of the three categories to start a slide show