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Photo Taking Tips from Hugh Miles

You don’t have to have a fantastic camera to take a great crucian photo, so whether you have a fancy SLR camera or just an old compact, or maybe a smartphone you have every chance of winning the competition. The most important thing about a good photo is the composition so we asked Award Winning filmmaker and photographer Hugh Miles to give us some tips on taking the perfect snap.

Click here to find out more about the competition

CRUCIAN PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

1 – favour the fish rather than the angler in compositions. Crucians will always be more beautiful than you. Make sure it is a true crucian that you are taking a photo of by using the Crucian ID guide on the Angling Trust website HERE

Here is a great example of making sure the fish is the star, as Hugh presents the fish beautifully for the camera.
Here is a great example of making sure the fish is the star, as Hugh presents the fish beautifully for the camera.

2 – try to ensure the background behind the fish is uncluttered. Too many pictures ignore the background and spoil it completely. What is behind is as important as the foreground.

Here is an example of what not to do ! A nice picture of Martin and his fishing buddy, it's just a pity about the cars in the background
Here is an example of what not to do ! A nice picture of Martin Salter and his fishing buddy, it’s just a pity about the cars in the background

 

3 – beware the ‘banana-finger syndrome’. Everyone notices if you try to make the fish appear bigger by pushing it towards the camera.

Any further forward and this would definitely be a banana fingers shot ! Luckily when the subject is a fishing legend he can get away with it !
Any further forward and this would definitely be a banana fingers shot ! Luckily when the subject is a fishing legend like Chris Yates he can get away with it !

Here are a couple of extra tips if your photography knowledge extends further than just clicking the button !

4 – use a wide-angle lens so that both fish and its’ habitat can be included in the same picture. Two for the price of one.

5 – try back-light with fill in flash. It can make the crucian’s fins glow. Or try to use cross-light so those golden scales are enhanced like medallions.

NB – make it quick – fish live in water

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Photo Competition 2016 – Results Here

 

Winners of ‘Catch a Crucian Month’ Photographic Competition Announced

After some superb photographs and some very tight judging decisions, the winners and runners-up of the Catch a Crucian Month Photographic Competition, which was run throughout June, have now been announced. The results for each category are:

SLR cameras take great shots
SLR cameras take great shots

 

Best Crucian Picture:

1st Richie Martin – a stunning shot of four dark Crucians caught from Harris Lake on Godalming Angling Society’s Marsh Farm complex lying on the unhooking mat.

2nd Stuart Harris – a brace of crucians lying beside vintage tackle, caught from an ancient moat in Hampshire.

 3rd Vinny Coulson – a large crucian being released back into a north west still water.

Best Specimen Crucian Picture:

 1st Andy Lewis – a lovely photo of a high-backed 2lb 5oz Crucian; a fish the captor had been pursuing for several seasons.

2nd Vinny Coulson – a fin perfect 2lb 14oz Crucian caught from a venue in the north west.

3rd Kevin Durman – a beautiful brace of 2lb Crucians caught from Harris Lake at Marsh Farm (the result of a 180-mile round trip!).

Best Junior Picture:

1st Michael Ewing, aged 7 – a gorgeous golden Crucian of around 2lb caught on waggler-fished worm from Marsh Farm.

2nd Phoebe Cutter – a very happy Phoebe holding a lovely Crucian caught from Long Ponds in Suffolk on float-fished sweetcorn.

3rd Chloe Abbott, aged 6 – a nice Crucian caught from Claremont Farm in Clatterbridge on float-fished sweetcorn.

Best Scenic Picture:

 1st John Spilsbury – a beautifully-lit photograph of a traditional float sitting next to yellow flowering water lilies.

2nd Stuart Harris – a striking photo of an ancient and neglected moat inhabited by large Crucians in Hampshire.

3rd David Redwood – the float sits beside large flowering lily pads in a common Crucian fishing scene.

Winners will each receive a £100 Angling Direct voucher to spend on the tackle of their choice, a copy of Peter Rolfe’s book dedicated to crucians, Crock of Gold, in addition to a special tailored selection of Crucian groundbaits, pellets and additives from popular bait suppliers Bait-Tech. The runners-up will each receive the bucket of Bait-tech bait worth £35. We are particularly grateful to all our sponsors for their generous support.

 

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
£100 to spend in here looks fun ! Thanks Angling Direct.
£100 to spend in here looks fun ! Thanks Angling Direct.
Almost certainly the best book ever written about Crucians - Peter Rolfe's "Crock of Gold"
Almost certainly the best book ever written about Crucians – Peter Rolfe’s “Crock of Gold”

The Angling Trust and the National Crucian Conservation Project teamed up with the Association of Crucian Anglers who conceived the idea of designating June 2016 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.

Entries were judged by a panel of Crucian enthusiasts: leading expert on crucian carp in the UK, Peter Rolfe; Passion for Angling filmmaker Hugh Miles; well-respected specimen angler and founder of the National Crucian Conservation Project, Chris Turnbull; famous author and vintage tackle aficionado Chris Yates; and big-fish angler and Angler’s Mail columnist Gary Newman.

Peter Rolfe, competition judge said: “I was grateful for the chance to be one of the judges in this lovely crucian photo competition.  There were some splendid entries for all the categories and it is so encouraging that anglers, naturalists and conservationists are becoming much more aware of this beautiful and remarkable fish, thanks in no small part to events like this. I do hope it will become an annual event on the angling calendar.”

Chris Turnbull, campaigner for Crucian conservation said: “Crucians are one of the UK’s most loved summer species but in a short space of time they have become highly endangered and therefore it is really important that we anglers work to prevent their demise. The first step must be in education so what a great idea this photo competition has been as part of that process and I am honoured to be associated with it.”

James Champkin, new Angling Trust Campaigns Officer who managed the entries to the competition website added: “The number and quality of entries into the competition this year have been fantastic and as a keen crucian angler myself it’s been very rewarding to be a part of this initiative. Seeing so many anglers, particularly juniors, getting out there and specifically targeting crucians is brilliant and I hope that more fisheries will now start to recognise the importance of implementing the correct management measures to conserve this very special species.”

PLEASE NOTE – THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED UNTIL NEXT YEAR

 

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