Congratulations to Stu Taylor, the winner of the first bmag photography competition People’s Choice prize!

Stu’s brilliant pic of a pelican catching a fish beat out 246 incredible photos submitted by bmag readers in April. For his efforts, Stu takes home a dining experience at Eves on the River valued at $250!

“I took the picture at Boondall Wetlands late one afternoon with the sun setting on the other side of the pelican, so the light wasn’t brilliant as I was basically looking into it,” Stu recalls. “Just me, this pelican and the mozzies. There were other pelicans about 100 metres away on a fishing ramp waiting for tidbits from the people there.

“I had been there about an hour, watching fish jump, swatting mosquitoes and basically watching this one pelican as it was reasonably close, and then bingo, it came up with this. I was using my recently acquired Canon 400mm f2.8 lens and my new Canon 1DX camera set up on my tripod with a gimbal head as the lens is large and quite heavy and the gimbal allows me to pan effortlessly.

“This gear is crazy expensive for an amateur like me, but I love photography and figure if you’re gonna do something, do it with the right gear. I was excited when I had a quick look at the back of the camera as it looked like a cracker.

“I entered the competition because my wonderful fiance, Lesley Bates, who is a fan of your publication, saw the competition and urged me to enter. I’m rapt people out there also liked the image and thank them for their vote. Lesley and I have dined at Eves on the River previously and know what an outstanding establishment they are and what we are in for.

“My darling daughter Claire and her husband Drew had their wedding and reception at Eves so our prize wining dinner will be enjoyed with much pleasure and happy memories.  Thank you bmag and thank you Eves on the River!”

Congratulations to all the budding snappers who finished in the top 10 (their pics can be viewed above).

  1. Stu Taylor
  2. Tanya Menerey
  3. Sarah Green
  4. Ben Mulder
  5. Maureen Gubbels
  6. Xavier Montaner
  7. Samantha Paton
  8. Tyrone Ryan
  9. Libby Huth
  10. Ben Mulder

Special mention must go to Ben Mulder, who won the Editor’s Choice award and had two pics finish in the top 10 for the People’s Choice award.

Of course, Stu isn’t the only winner — just by voting in the competition, lucky Lynn Adams has been randomly drawn to win an Eves on the River voucher valued at $250!

This month’s People’s Choice competition is now open — vote for your favourite pic now for your chance to win a $250 dining experience at Eves on the River!