Success for RDPS Member

12th December 2014
This is Joy's Press Release on Des Lloyd.

Des Lloyd, a member of Retford & District Photographic Society, has had some notable success recently with his beautiful natural history photographs. He had his image of a Harvest Mouse on a ragwort plant selected as one of the entries to the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine wildlife photography contest.

Over 10,000 entries were received for the competition, which was judged by the presenters of BBC’s ‘Autumnwatch’. Although not a category winner, Des’ image was one of those selected to be mounted and framed to be hung in the event exhibition in the Strand Gallery in London and shown on the Daily Mail’s web site.

The categories were: Mammals; Birds; Insects; and Fish, Reptiles and Amphibians, and Under-18s. Two technical judges narrowed the entries down in each category to a short list of ten for the celebrity judges. Michaela Strachan judged the Mammals section, in which Des’ entry was considered.

Des was delighted to have his image chosen for the exhibition from so many amazing photographs. He said “I am thrilled. What was good about this in my view is that it was only open to amateur photographers and you could only do minimal tweaks to the picture such as slight adjustments on exposure etc. as they wanted to see photography skills not computer skills.’

In the same week Des was approached by the Woodland Trust asking to use one of his striking images of a squirrel drinking in their advertising material during 2015 in return for acknowledging him as the author.

To complete a wonderful week, and confirming that Des is a superb photographer in more than one discipline, he won the Monochrome class in the Society’s third competition of the season on the theme of ‘Working’ with an atmospheric shot entitled ‘Making Steel’

A selection of Des Lloyd's photographs can be seen in the gallery section of the website.