Today it finally happened. The prize-giving ceremony of the Roots Nature Photo Contest 2018 which was held in the National Park De Hoge Veluwe.

In July I had already been informed that one of my photos had been selected for the Roots Nature Agenda 2019 and in August the message followed that I had also become one of the winners of the photo contest. Which photo and price that remained secret until today. So plenty of tension.

Upon arrival at the park restaurant all prizewinning photos were drawn up and what immediately struck was the enormously high level. Each and every one of these beautiful photos! After a social gathering with the other photographers, jury and editorial staff of Roots, nature photographer Mart Smit gave an impressive presentation.

After lunch, the prize-giving ceremony finally followed with the result the 1st place in the landscape category with my photo “Wingerdse windmill in wintermood”. A wonderful result that I am very proud of.

The jury’s comment:     

An ideal layout with the ‘cold side’ on the left and the warm yellow on the right. The diagonal lines of the ditch and the dyke make the composition even more powerful. Another strong point is the graphical motifs of the fence, which recur in the sails of the mill. The mist is clearly present, but not too overpowering and creates an extra atmosphere in this image. The sheep, right in the distance, is the icing on the cake.

My entries for the photo contest: