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2019 Photo Competition Winners Announced !

After some superb photographs and some very tight judging decisions, the Angling Trust can announce the winners and runners-up of the fourth annual Catch a Crucian Photographic Competition organised in conjunction with the National Crucian Conservation Project.

This year the competition was run throughout June, July and August and was sponsored by Dynamite Baits, Angling Direct and The Medlar Press.  Thanks to this generous sponsorship, the winners of each category will receive a £100 Angling Direct voucher to spend on the tackle or bait of their choice as well as a copy of Crucian expert – Peter Rolfe’s new book Always Summer and the top three entries in each category will receive a great package of Dynamite Baits perfect for crucians. We are particularly grateful to  our sponsors for their continued support, without which the competition wouldn’t be possible.

In 2016 the Angling Trust and the National Crucian Conservation Project teamed up with the Association of Crucian Anglers who conceived the idea of designating June as ‘Catch a Crucian Month’. The competition was designed to promote crucians as a species, to assist in the recognition of true crucians, to encourage more anglers to take up crucian fishing and to highlight the immediate need to develop specific crucian waters in line with the aims of the National Crucian Conservation Project. After another successful competition in 2018, the decision was made to run it again this year to once again promote crucian fishing throughout the country.

Entries were judged by a panel of Crucian enthusiasts: leading expert on crucian carp in the UK, Peter Rolfe; Passion for Angling filmmaker and crucian conservationist, Hugh Miles; well-respected specimen angler and founder of the National Crucian Conservation Project, Chris Turnbull; and big-fish angler and globetrotter, Gary Newman.

Chris Turnbull said: “As the instigator of the original idea of the Angling Trust’s National Crucian Conservation Project, I find it hugely gratifying to see how far this campaign has come along and be able to judge photographs in this competition from crucian fisheries that did not exist only a few years ago.”

John Cheyne, Angling Trust National Regions Manager who manages entries into the Catch a Crucian competition, added: “It’s been fantastic to be involved in helping to run the competition this year. The success of the National Crucian Conservation Project has been inspiring and proves what can be achieved when anglers work together. It will be brilliant to inform the winners as I’m sure they will be delighted with the generous prizes supplied by Angling Direct and Dynamite Baits plus a copy of Peter Rolfe’s new book Always Summer and a chance to fish his delightful private crucian water in Wiltshire !

Peter Rolfe’s wonderful book. Always Summer.

Full Winners and Runners-Up List

Best Crucian Picture:

1st Ian Gould caught this lovely 2lb+ crucian on the very unorthodox method of fly fishing with a sedge! It was part of an amazing bag of thirteen 2lb+ crucians from a club lake in Cheshire, with the others caught on the more traditional approach of waggler and sweetcorn. 

2nd This classical shot was taken by David Cowdry. David amassed a great catch of over 20 crucians during an evening session at Common Pond in Bungay, Suffolk, using traditional tackle and float-fished corn next to a bed of lilies.

3rd An interesting study of the flank of a crucian caught from a Wiltshire stillwater and taken by Leigh Goodgame

Best Junior Picture:

1st River Fernandez aged four from Southampton with a 2.2lb Crucian caught float fishing with double red maggot. Caught from stoneham lakes on the Eastleigh and district club ticket. She was fishing with her dad Matthew Fernandez.

2nd 6-year old Lennon Poole caught his first crucian of the year from Cudmore Fisheries in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Lennon fished a small method feeder with 2mm pellets and dead maggots as a hookbait. Lennon caught his first crucian last year at the same venue and they are now his favourite species!

3rd Dexter Allen with a thumping 2lb1oz crucian from his local club water that was close to beating the club record. Dexter used float fished sweetcorn.

Best Scenic Picture:

1st “Into the night” Leigh Goodgame took this atmospheric picture of a small Wiltshire crucian water with the night stars above.

2nd David Redwood took this lovely shot while fishing at a small, picturesque estate lake in Wiltshire.

3rd Sunny August morning on Johnsons taken by Joe Coleman

Catch a Crucian Photo Competition back with new sponsors and big prizes!

The Angling Trust and the National Crucian Conservation Project (NCCP) have once again teamed up with the Association of Crucian Anglers to organise the Catch a Crucian photographic competition. Thanks to Angling Direct, Dynamite Baits and Medlar Press there are some great prizes of offer, with entries to be judged by a panel of leading crucian crusaders including Hugh Miles from Passion for Angling, author and crucian expert Peter Rolfe, angling artist Chris Turnbull and big fish specialist Gary Newman.

The competition, which is open to all and will run throughout July, August and September, is designed to promote crucians as a species, to assist in the recognition of true crucians, to encourage more anglers to take up crucian fishing and to highlight the need to develop specific crucian waters.

Matt Minter

Since its launch five years ago, the NCCP has inspired interest from all over the country with clubs and fishery owners creating a number of new, bespoke crucian fisheries. They were often helped by the Environment Agency’s fish farm at Calverton who increased their production of true crucians to support these stocking initiatives. Crucian production at Calverton between 2014 and 2018 saw a staggering total of 172,155 DNA-tested crucians stocked into 244 separate waters.

The Angling Trust and Environment Agency now receive regular requests from angling clubs and fisheries for advice on how to set up new crucian waters or restore derelict pools to their former glory. Funding for this work is available through the Environment Agency Fisheries Improvement Programme, which is accessible via local EA Fisheries Officers.

Always Summer
Not only will our three winners receive a copy of Peter Rolfe’s latest book from Medlar Press, but they will also have the opportunity to fish Peter’s private crucian pools in Wiltshire!

On the announcement of a fourth Catch a Crucian Photo Competition in 2019 James Champkin, Campaigns Officer for the Angling Trust, said: “It’s brilliant that we’ve been able to continue this popular competition into its fourth year. The National Crucian Conservation Project is a very rewarding initiative to be involved in and it’s fantastic to be receiving so many enquiries from angling clubs across the country that want to set up their own specialised crucian fisheries. It really does seem as though this endearing species now has a bright future.”

Thanks to some generous sponsorship from Angling Direct, Dynamite Baits and Medlar Press, each of the three main winners gets a £100 Angling Direct tackle voucher, plus a special Dynamite Baits bundle containing crucian groundbaits, pellets and additives. In addition, they will also receive a copy of Peter Rolfe’s latest book Always Summer and have the opportunity to fish his private crucian pools in Wiltshire!

Dynamite Baits Prize Bundle 2019
Each of the winners and runners-up will receive this fantastic bundle of Dynamite Baits crucian baits!

Our judges will choose three finalists in each category and all nine finalists will receive the Dynamite Baits bundle. All appropriate entries will be displayed on the competition website and we are hoping for a great selection for the judges to choose from.

Oliver Harper, Angling Direct’s Marketing Manager, said: “What a great competition! Not only does it encourage the next generation of crucian anglers but directly helps to raise the awareness of crucian conservation across the UK. Angling Direct are again, very proud to be associated with the National Crucian Conservation Project and to support this great competition. We hope the winners not only use our Gift Vouchers to buy the crucian tackle they desire but helps them all catch some quality crucian carp to match.”

Richard Naylor

Daryl Hodges, Head of Marketing for Dynamite Baits, said: “It’s a fantastic competition that gives anglers the opportunity to target one of the UK’s most iconic summer species while also helping to protect them. Lots of anglers also use our baits to catch crucians so we needed little persuasion to get involved.”

Peter Rolfe, crucian expert and competition judge, concluded: “This competition goes from strength to strength and I am already looking forward to seeing more superb crucian photographs. It’s wonderful to find out how many people, young and old, are now fishing for crucians.”

Logo - Dynamite Baits

 

2018 Competition Winners

Best Crucian Picture Category

Matt Minter
Matt Minter – a classic shot of an ancient-looking 2lb 5oz crucian lying alongside traditional crucian tackle: a centrepin reel, cane rod and an insert waggler float. Matt caught this glorious fish from a southern stillwater on float-fished paste.

Scenic Crucian Waters category

Rhys Kolze Jones 2
Rhys Kolze Jones – a gorgeous photograph of the sun rising over the trees at Onslow Estate Long Pool in Shropshire. Rhys used a very low angle position above some yellow water lilies to achieve this unique image.

Junior category

Lauren Stevens
Lauren Stevens – a smiling Lauren, donning a pink raincoat, proudly holds out her first ever crucian, caught from Hinkshay Top Pool in Telford. 8-year-old Lauren beat her father’s personal best!

HOW TO ENTER

ENTRY TO THE 2019 COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Catch a Crucian Competition – June, July and August 2019

 Enter our competition here –  Great prizes to be won

 Welcome to the third Catch a Crucian Competition. Most competitions in fishing revolve around catching the biggest or the most fish but this initiative from Britain’s crucian enthusiasts to promote their favourite species is to be judged more on the quality of the photography rather than the size of the captures.

SLR cameras take great shots
SLR cameras take great shots

Entrants will even find some top tips for taking a great fishing photo, which award winning film maker Hugh Miles has kindly produced for the event.

There will be three categories for entries with the best three photos in each going into a final:

Best Crucian Picture
Best Scenic Picture of a Crucian Water
Best Picture of a Junior with a Crucian

Thanks to some generous sponsorship from Bait-Tech and Angling Direct each of the four main winners gets a £100 Angling Direct tackle voucher, plus a special Bait-Tech bait bucket containing £35 worth of crucian groundbaits, pellets and additives.

Our judges will choose three finalists in each category and all nine finalists will receive the Bait-Tech bait package and a signed certificate. All appropriate entries will be displayed on the competition website and we are hoping for a great selection for the judges to choose from.

These days smartphones take great pictures too !
These days smartphones take great pictures too !

 The competition will run throughout June, July and August and is intended to promote crucians and their conservation, to assist in the recognition of true crucians, to encourage more anglers to take up crucian fishing and to highlight the need to develop specific crucian waters in line with the aims of the National Crucian Conservation Project.

Compact cameras are easy to carry around and take some fantastic shots
Compact cameras are easy to carry around and take some fantastic shots

How to enter

Simply complete the form below to register for the competition, then head out crucian fishing with your camera and get snapping!

REGISTRATIONS OPEN ON JUNE 1st

Don’t worry if you’ve not got the latest SLR camera as we’ve seen some great shots taken on a good old smartphone. We have even produced some top tips for taking great fishing photos, which award winning film maker Hugh Miles has kindly produced for the event you can read them HERE

There will be three categories for entries with the best three photos in each going into in a final:

Best Crucian Picture – This could be single ‘bar of gold’, big or small – it doesn’t matter – or a nice catch of crucians beautifully arranged against a lovely backdrop, or even just a gorgeous profile of our favourite fish. The choice is yours!

Best Scenic Picture of a Crucian Water – Crucian fishing is as much about the scene and the atmosphere as it is about fishing. A red-topped float quivering amongst an explosion of pinhead bubbles; the mist rising off the water from a secluded and timeless pond; or the setting sun lighting up the lilies and casting shadows over the water as the fish begin to stir. A good picture can convey so many of the reasons we love fishing for crucians.

Best Picture of a Junior with a Crucian – There are few images to rival the sense of wonderment on a youngsters face as they hold or return a particularly beautiful fish. We want kids to share our love of crucians so why not take yours, or your friends, down to the local crucian pond as see if you can capture that magic moment.

Prizes

Thanks to some generous sponsorship from Bait-Tech and Angling Direct, each of the four main winners will receive a £100 Angling Direct tackle voucher plus a special Bait-Tech bait bucket containing £35 worth of crucian groundbaits, pellets and additives.

If you are a winner you could get your hands on some fantastic Bait-Tech Baits
If you are a winner you could get your hands on some fantastic Bait-Tech Baits

Our judges will choose three finalists in each category and all nine finalists will receive the Bait-Tech bait package and a signed certificate.

£100 to spend in here looks fun ! Thanks Angling Direct.
£100 to spend in here looks fun ! Thanks Angling Direct.

Rules

  1. The competition is open to all UK residents with the exception of Angling Trust employees
  2. All fish and scenes entered must be taken in the UK during the June, July or August 2018
  3. Only true crucians will be considered and entrants are encouraged to visually check for signs of hybridisation using the information here before submitting entries – Crucian ID Guide on Angling Trust Website
  4. The photo must be taken by the person entering
  5. We can only accept digital images.
  6. You can enter a maximum of three photos (one in each category).  Make sure the file size of each is at least 1Mb.
  7. Include your name, address and date of birth with each entry.
  8. The closing date for submissions is September 15th 2018
  9. Judging will take place within 2 weeks of the closing date and we’ll contact all prize-winners within 21 days.
  10. The Angling Trust will not accept responsibility for lost or damaged entries.
  11. The copyright of the entire image/video must belong to the entrant.
  12. All suitable entries will be published on the Catch a Crucian website.
  13. Entrants will retain copyright in the photographs that they submit. By entering the competition entrants grant the Organisers a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free licence to use, reproduce, and publish images entered into the competition.
  14. Media will be allowed to publish images entered  free of charge for the purpose of promoting the photography competition without express permission from the photographer. The organisers will try to ensure all images used by the media are credited to the photographer.

TO ENTER COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM BELOW. ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED YOU WILL BE SENT AN EMAIL EXPLAINING HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO/PHOTOS

We are hoping that this competition will create a renewed interest in true crucians and their habitat, both of which are under threat from changing agricultural practices and through thoughtless stocking policies which are resulting in more and more hybridisation. We are particularly grateful to our sponsors at Bait-Tech, Angling Direct and M Press and to our esteemed panel of judges for making this competition possible.

About The Crucian Project

 

Over the last 30 or so years, the beautiful Crucian carp has had a very tough time. It’s traditional habitat of small ponds and shallow weedy stillwaters have been disappearing all too fast, as farmers fill in ancient farm ponds and urban sprawl and new housing replaces small lakes and village ponds. They have been under threat from other fish too, as the huge rise in the amount of king carp introductions leaves little room for the Crucian. Common and Carp and Mirror Carp out compete the smaller more timid crucian and lakes that were once full of the beautiful little golden fish are now devoid of them. Ornamental fish too put the Crucian under threat due to hybridisation leaving waters filled with muddy coloured brown goldfish rather than the stunning golden Crucian.

 

The threat to this amazing native British fish was all too real but thankfully a few very concerned anglers got together and started to talk about how things might change. The National Crucian Conservation Project was the brainchild of angling artist Chris Turnbull and he along with Crucian expert Peter Rolfe, Dr Carl Sayer of university College London, Russell Robertson of the Environment Agency, Martin Salter of Angling Trust and a number of other anglers and fisheries experts started pulling together the threads of a plan.

 

(l to r) Martin Salter, Gordon Copp (CEFAS),Malcolm Richardson (Godalming AS), Daniel Jefferies (University of Hull), Mike Holcombe (Godalming AS), Chris Turnbull, Dr Carl Sayer, Mark Owen (Head of Freshwater - Angling Trust)
(l to r) Martin Salter, Gordon Copp (CEFAS),Malcolm Richardson (Godalming AS), Daniel Jefferies (University of Hull), Mike Holcombe (Godalming AS), Chris Turnbull, Dr Carl Sayer, Mark Owen (Head of Freshwater – Angling Trust)

Over the last five years, more than 170,000 crucians have been stocked into over 200 waters across the country. It’s an absolutely brilliant result, but we’re not stopping there !

Crucian group

For more information about the Project take a look at the Campaign pages on the Angling Trust website HERE