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Countryfile Photographic Competition 2010

What a year! You sent us more than 65,000 Moments of Magic for The Countryfile Photographic Competition - that's more than ever before. Our judges - John Craven, Jo Brand and Chris Packham - say the standard has been higher than ever too. Now those winning entries will feature in the 2011 Countryfile Calendar sold in aid of Children In Need. The charity gets £4 from the sale of each calendar. So if you like what you see here, don't forget to buy your copy.

Overall Winner: Pen Rashbass - 'Going Home'

Going Home

This year's winning photograph, 'Going Home,' is one of a series taken by Pen Rashbass. She set out to capture one of our coldest winters, when she was snowed in during a visit to friends in Scotland. The sheep had to be driven down from the hills and Pen was right at the heart of the action. It was all a far cry from her day job as a senior lecturer in bio-medical science at the University of Sheffield, but photography and training her working sheep dogs are her passions. Pen captured her Moment of Magic on a tiny compact camera - the kind you can carry about in your pocket.

Judges' Favourite: Matthew Thomas - 'Magic Dragon'

Magic Dragon

Matthew Thomas did not have to go far to find his Moment of Magic. 'Magic Dragon' was taken in his back garden. When he saw the dragonflies from his pond resting on the nearby poppy heads in the beautiful light, it was truly a moment of magic. Matthew grabbed his new camera and captured this stunning image. A relative newcomer to photography, Matthew has only had his camera for a year and it was his mum who encouraged him to send his work into Countryfile.

Brian Hancox - 'Mountain High'

Mountain High

It was the theme of this year's Photographic Competition that caught the attention of Brian Hancox, an electronics testing engineer from Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in Northumberland. He captured this magic moment at the top of Blencathra, in the Lake District, after a steep and misty climb on New Year's Eve. Although he's an avid amateur photographer and has been taking photographs since her was in his teens, this was the first time Brian had entered Countryfile's Photographic Competition.

Mark Catanach - 'Sun Down'

Sun Down

Last year, one of Mark Catanach's photographs made it into the Countryfile calendar as a smaller image on the October page, so this year he was determined to better that. Mark's passion is shooting landscapes, and he regularly travels from his home in Milton Keynes to the Lake District to capture the natural beauty of this rugged corner of England. His interest in taking photographs started early and he sat an exam in photography at the age of just 14.

Sue North - 'In the Clover'

In the Clover

A hairdresser for over thirty years, Sue North from Bromley in Kent took up photography as a hobby ten years ago. A member of the local camera club, she took 'In the Clover' while she was on an outing to photograph water voles in June this year. This is the first time Sue has entered the Countryfile Photographic Competition and she did so because she loved this picture so much she wanted others to enjoy it.

Lee Fisher - 'Dish of the Day'

Dish of the Day

This dramatic image of an osprey catching its dinner was captured by Lee Fisher in the Cairngorms National Park whilst on holiday with his family. Lee is an automotive engineer from Swindon, where he lives with his fiancée and two children. Relatively new to photography, having only been taking pictures for about 18 months, Lee entered this stunning image because he didn't want it to sit lost and forgotten on his hard drive.

Michael Butler - 'Incy Wincy'

Incy Wincy

Michael Butler has a keen interest in insect photography and used his macro lens to capture this astonishing image of a tiny spider in his back garden. The photo was taken about 18 months ago. Michael particularly loves the way the spider's eyes appear so striking. An avid viewer of Countryfile, Michael is a member of his local photographic society and lives in Kent with his wife. He has been taking photos as a hobby for 20 years, but this is the first time he has entered the Photographic Competition.

Coral Robinson - 'Flutter By'

Flutter By

Coral Robinson has five children and six grandchildren, and it was their encouragement that gave her the confidence to enter the competition. She'd entered a couple of years ago without success, but when her family saw 'Flutter By' they knew it was a real moment of magic and encouraged her to have another go. She entered this year's competition at the very last minute, but happily her entry got here on time. The young girl in the picture is Coral's 12 year old daughter Khiana, who was gazing in wonder at the amazing markings on this Painted Lady butterfly whilst they were walking in the countryside near their home.

Jennifer Duncan - 'Huffing Puffin'

Huffing Puffin

It was a case of right time and place for Jennifer Duncan when she was visiting the Farne Islands with friends and snapped these fabulous puffins settling back onto a wall. Jennifer now lives in York, but comes originally from Newburgh on the north-east coast of Scotland. She's a keen amateur photographer, but works as an eco-toxicologist. She was inspired to enter the competition having recently started night courses in photography.

Mike Cruise - 'Pot of Gold'

Pot of Gold

No stranger to the Countryfile Photographic Competition, Mike Cruise has not only been in the final three times before, but he's actually won it twice! Mike is a self-employed podiatrist from Newmilns in Ayrshire. He's been taking photos for about 25 years. This gem was taken last autumn at Loch Tummel near Pitlochry.

Jamie Brockbank - 'Head's Up'

Head's Up

Jamie is our youngest finalist in this year's photographic competition. The 28 year old from Reading took this stunning shot just up the road from his house. He doesn't usually take wildlife shots, preferring to photograph landscapes and buildings, and he's never entered the Countryfile Photographic Competition before. But this nature shot was so good, his grandfather encouraged him to send it in to us.

Michael Mutimer - 'In the Balance'

In the Balance

Michael Mutimer is no stranger to the Countryfile calendar, with one of his previous entries making it into the final twelve. But he's particularly happy to be chosen this year, because that means he's caught up with his wife Rosemary, whose work has featured in the calendar twice! This shot was taken in Norfolk, where Michael was able to get close to the normally timid harvest mouse. Now retired, Michael has been taking photos for 15 years.

Buy the 2011 Countryfile calendar

All twelve of these amazing images will feature in next year's Countryfile Calendar, which costs £9. A minimum of £4 from the sale of each calendar will go to the BBC's Children In Need appeal. You can order it by clicking on the link below or by calling the order line on 08448117044.

To order by post, send your name, address and cheque to:

     BBC Countryfile Calendar,
     PO Box 25,
     Melton Mowbray
     LE13 1ZG

Please make cheques payable to BBC Countryfile Calendar.

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