On 3rd February, the four judges faced a total of 120 colour transparencies submitted by 44 top bird-photographers, knowing that by the end of the day there had to be one winner. A daunting task, but, after six enthralling hours of study, discussion and comparison, the following placings were agreed:

1st. BIRD PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR HOOPOE Upupa epops (plate 65) ALAN WILLIAMS, Essex.

2nd Blu

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