RPS Members' Biennial 2017: Medal Winners Announced

10 February 2017

Exhibitions, Competitions

World-renowned photographer Joe McNally FRPS has selected Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners from the shortlisted entries for the RPS Members’ Biennial Exhibition 2017. The Gold medal is awarded to Scotland-based wildlife photographer Michael Durham FRPS for his astonishing image Predator and Prey.

A professional photographer for over 10 years, Durham gained his Fellowship from The RPS in 2013. Based in Dumfries, South West Scotland, he spends time photographing native wildlife around Scotland’s wild landscapes, as well as further afield in Northern Scandinavia. However, his medal-winning image, capturing a fleeting moment in which a young male sparrow hawk swoops in to grab its prey, was shot in his own garden. In selecting the image for Gold, Joe McNally said “This is the moment, plain and simple. Tack sharp, peak action, good light, and well managed background.”

Martin Castellan, from France, receives Silver for his image Gascon Cattle Climb the Pyrenees. Part of an environmental project highlighting the financial crisis in livestock farming in the Pyrenees, Castellan has documented the migration of farmers and their livestock to high altitude pastures in the mountains where they spend the summer months. The shot was captured through thick cloud at 2000 metres altitude. The Bronze medal goes to Paul Mann ARPS for his striking black & white night shot of Krafla Power Station in Iceland, which McNally referred to as “Eery and ominous…Tip of the hat to the power of monochrome.”

The three winning images will feature alongside selected members' images in the 2017 RPS Members’ Biennial Exhibition, opening at the Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford on 4 March 2017, before embarking on a nationwide tour. The medals will be presented at the exhibition private view on 3 March.

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