Several moons ago friends, fellow nature lovers and environmental activists from Dalyan asked me to join a judging panel for a photo competition they were organising. The logic behind our Okçular Book Project has always been to encourage people to get out into the beautiful countryside around here, use their eyes, and discover some of the amazing flora and fauna, people and views to be found. That being the case I was delighted to accept the invitation, not least because it is always enjoyable to see things through the eyes of others.
Each month the panel would sift through the entries in three separate categories and select winners and runners-up. These were then printed out and put on public display.
Finally, the panel gathered yesterday to select the overall winners and runners-up in each group. We were not looking for the most professional photos, this is after all a competition for enthusiasts and total amateurs. What we were looking for were moments in time that captured the essence of Dalyan, its human and wild inhabitants and the surrounding area. It was interesting how few photos that had been ‘colour enhanced’ or otherwise ‘fiddled’ with made it through the earlier rounds.
Here are the category winners and runners up:
Flora and Fauna
‘Squacco Heron’ – John Codling – a great capture with terrific detail
‘Jay’ – Mark Mills
Village Life and Scenes
‘Crocheting Lady’ – Serhad Özsoy – the detail of the scarf oya really draws you in
‘Honey Colours’ – Quentin Alder
‘Foggy Iztuzu’ – Monique Boon – this beautifully balanced, moody shot of Iztuzu Beach captured the eye of more panel members than any other and was judged the best overall picture in the competition
‘Serene Köyceğiz Lake’ – Carla de Cuijper
Generous prizes donated by local businesses will be sent to the category winners and the runners up will receive a copy of the Okçular Village Guide Book courtesy of yours truly. It was a lot of fun to see so many excellent photos and it has spurred me on to ‘see’ stuff around me in a different light.
Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü