Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Wanted: London bird photos for the annual report

Can you help? The next London Bird Report will be going to press soon, and I'm currently in the process of finalising the image selection. I took over as Photographic Editor back in 2001, and the number of images used has since grown from nine in the previous year to 50 in the last (2008) report. As ever, in the 2009 edition I'm hoping to increase the selection, improve the quality and feature stand-out material from new contributors, so last-minute submissions are welcome. If you have suitable photos taken in 2009 within the London Natural History Society recording area (a 20-mile radius of St Paul's Cathedral), then I'd like to hear from you.

What kind of photos are suitable? Images of scarce and rare birds are welcome, and in some cases even poor-quality record shots of key birds will be considered if no better material is available. Equally, strong portraits and action shots of more familiar species are also desirable.

Images should be emailed to me at dominic.mitchell [at] yahoo.co.uk as high-resolution jpeg files, preferably uncropped, unaltered and not resized, but if already prepped in Photoshop then saved at quality setting 11; low-resolution images designed for web use are not usually suitable. Please make sure you supply full details of species, location and date along with your name.

Please also keep the overall size of each message to no more than 10 MB, and use multiple emails if necessary. Alternatively, images can be supplied on DVD and sent to me c/o Birdwatch magazine, Unit B403A The Chocolate Factory, 5 Clarendon Road, London N22 6XJ. I can extend the final deadline for submission to next Monday, 16 July 2012. Although there is no fee for reproduction, contributors will receive a copy of the report featuring their work.

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