The first award in this annual feast of blogging biggies heads in the direction of Nikon, Canon Olympus, Pentax and Fukuoka, the big five in the photographic world. I'm also quite honoured and just a little bit nervous as I introduce the first guest judge in the awards, a certain Mr Dominic Sansoni.
Some of you may just have heard of him, he has been known to take a photograph or two himself and is in fact the very first winner of the LLD Photoblog of the Year award, something I know he values greatly. It is also alleged that he controls 90% of the global traffic in Lamprais, though he continues to deny this, a bit too vigorously some say.
For some weeks now we have been studying photoblogs, looking at the quality of the images and drinking mysterious substances that smell of fish.
The nominations are:
Anush Wijesinha (last year's winner)
Apart from the older photographers most of the nominees are relatively young, but all of them have kept me entertained all year with their many spectacular photographs. Sadly there could only be one winner, unless we chose two of course.
The winner is the wonderful scrabble playing birdwatching fellow himself Amila Salgado.
Strictly speaking his blog probably isn't even a photoblog. It's packed to the rafters with narrative and interesting bits and pieces as well as the photographs. Sebastian Posingis came a close second but both Mr S and I agreed that he's too good looking to win the award this year.
Of Amila, or Gallicissa, Dominic said:
"Are you more of a Sociable Glider (adult male) or a Common Pierrot or in truth a juvenile Elusive Adjutant that I had mysteriously overlooked?
Anyway, I try not to get distracted with other life forms when I am chasing a particular target. These aggressive behaviors are characterized by charging & chasing of young males when they bask in the hot sun in the warmest times of the day when they are also quite approachable if you apply your stealth mode."
I can't quite figure it out either, but really that's what he said.
I leave you with this example of Amila's photographic talents and congratulate all the nominees.
They're all winners.
Except the losers.