Countryfile Calendar 2018 Competition: winner and finalists

Meet the 12 finalists and overall winner of the 2018 Countryfile Calendar Competition. Entries are now open for the 2019 calendar

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The 2018 Countryfile Photographic Competition has been a huge success, with more than 30,000 photos entered.  

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Chair of the judging panel, John Craven, said: “I’ve been involved with the Countryfile calendar since the very start and I have to say that this is one of the best ever.  The standard has been incredibly high.”

And now the Countryfile team have picked the overall winner, Jarek Kurek with his photo ‘First Flight’ shot in Bushy Park, London.

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The theme for this year’s competition was “Call of the Wild”. The best 12 photographs of beautiful landscapes, wildlife and other rural scenes were chosen by previous winners and the final judging panel of John Craven, Deborah Meaden from Dragon’s Den and wildlife cameraman Simon King.

Judge, Deborah Meaden, said: “The final 12 really stand out because they are not only photographically excellent but also evoke the theme – ‘’Call of the Wild’’ – beautifully.”

The 12 images were featured in the Countryfile Calendar for 2018, which is sold in aid of BBC Children In Need.

Here are the 12 Countryfile Calendar 2018 finalists 

JANUARY FINALIST: ‘WINTER WANDERERS’ BY KEVIN DOLBY 

Shot in Stainborough Park, Barnsley

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<em>BBC Countryfile</em> finalist for January is Kevin Dolby with his deer in the snow shot

FEBRUARY FINALIST: ‘A LITTLE LOVE’ BY JOHN PATE

Shot near York, England

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These lovebirds feature in the<em> BBC Countryfile </em>February shot taken by John Pate

MARCH FINALIST: ‘SOLITUDE’ BY ADRIAN HARRISON

Shot in Buttermere, Lake District

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A lone tree is the simple yet dramatic March finalist image by Adrian Harrison 

APRIL FINALIST: ‘TWIN BEAKS’ BY SUE LINDENBERG 

Shot in Bushy Park, London

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<em>BBC Countryfile</em> finalist for April is this reflective shot by Sue Lindenberg

MAY FINALIST: ‘DOWN TIME’ BY COLIN POWELL

Shot taken on the river bank at Bidford upon Avon, Warwickshire

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The BBC Countryfile calendar May finalist is this cosy shot by Colin Powell

JUNE FINALIST: ‘DANDELION KING’ BY PHILLIP GREEN

Shot on Howick Hall Farm, New Longton, Preston

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This tiny climber is the June BBC Countryfile Calendar shot taken by finalist Phillip Green

WINNER! JULY FINALIST: ‘FIRST FLIGHT’ BY JAREK KUREK

Shot in Bushy Park, London

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Bushy Park in London provided the backdrop for this Countryfile Calendar shot by July finalist Jarek Kurek

AUGUST FINALIST: ‘FLUTTER BY’ BY ALISON ROSUM

Shot on the track from West Hanney to Grove, Oxfordshire

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Beautiful butterflies provide inspiration to the Countryfile Calendar August finalist Alison Rosum

SEPTEMBER FINALIST: ‘DARK HORSE’ BY CAROLINE GREEN

Molesey Heath, England

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A horse on the horizon is the Countryfile Calendar September image. Taken by Caroline Green

OCTOBER FINALIST: ‘CAUGHT NAPPING’ BY GEOFFREY BAKER

Shot in Donna Nook, Lincolnshire

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Time for a snooze? Geoffrey Baker’s sleepy seal shot is the October Countryfile Calendar finalist 

NOVEMBER FINALIST: ‘HIGHLAND MAJESTY’ BY MICHAEL CHEETHAM

Taken in Loch Lomond, Scotland

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Taking a load off. The Countryfile Calendar competition November finalist Michael Cheetham took this shot in Loch Lomond, Scotland

DECEMBER FINALIST: ‘LEAP OF FAITH’ BY NICK CARTER

Shot in Cairngorms, Scotland

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Countryfile Calendar December finalist is this flighty shot by Nick Carter in the Cairngorms, Scotland