The Carl Zeiss Award is presented annually by Carl Zeiss Ltd tc encourage the submission of photographs (transparencies or prints) to assist the British Birds Rarities Committee in its assessment of records. The winner receives his or her choice oi Zeiss binoculars, which are presented at the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water. Carl Zeiss Ltd also presents the runners-up, including all those whose photographs or documentary drawings of rarities are published in British Birds, with vouchers for six-month subscriptions to the journal. This year's two finalists were: Ren Hathway for Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola at the Great Pool, Tresco, Stilly, in August 1995. Ms D. A. Jones for Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica at Seaforth, Merseyside, in July 1995. As usual, the two judges assessed the merits of all the submitted photographs, together with comments made in writing during record circulation by individual members of the BBRC and by the Committee's Secretary, Michael J. Rogers. The identities of the photographers are not known to the judges until after the winner has been selected, so the fact that Ren Hathway won The Carl Zeiss Award in1993 did not influence the judges' final choice of Dot Jones's Gull-billed Tern as the winning picture.

Plate 160. Winner of THE CARL ZEISS AWARD: second-summer Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica, Seaforth, Merseyside, 30th-31st July 1995 (D. A. Jones).

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