Gr8at: Winning Photographs from International Wildlife Photography Awards

As any regular readers will know, I’m a huge photography fan, both in taking my own and appreciating the high levels of others. So when I saw The Guardian had published a piece about the best photographs of 2019, I just had to share my favourite ones with you. Which ones stand out most to you?

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Bond of Brothers by David Lloyd in Lumix People’s Choice

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Greater Sage-Grouse by Elizabeth Boehm – 2019 Audubon Photography Awards

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Flamingo Socks by Jasper Doest – 2019 World Press Photo Contest

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Jump by Csaba Daróczi – Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

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Golden rain by Norbert Kaszás – Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

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Survival Instinct by Bence Máté – 2019 World Press Photo Contest

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Falcons and the Arab Influence by Brent Stirton – 2019 World Press Photo Contest

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Caretta caretta turtle by Eduardo Acevedo – Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019

Gr8at: Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life

These were taken at the Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life Exhibition at the Tate Modern. Running until 5 January 2020, there are over 40 works by the Danish-Icelandic artist whose vast creativity stretches to including moss, glacial-melt water and fog in his artwork. I definitely recommend going if you’re anywhere near London.

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Gr8at: 2019 British Ecological Society photography competition winners

It was only just over a month go that I did my last photography post (Gr8at: Wildlife Photographer of the Year), but I always like sharing great photographs with you all. These are from the 2019 British Ecological Society, as seen from on the Guardian website. Which do you think won? Do you have a favourite?

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Gr8at: Best Songs to Fall One Place Short of UK Number 1

This post was partly inspired by the release of romcom Last Christmas (which features the many musical talents of George Michael), and the fact that I’ve been listening to a lot of music recently. Enjoy!

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Gr8at: #JasonMendoza

Everyone will have their favourite character from The Good Place (2016-), a show set in the afterlife and more shocks and twists than you could ever begin to imagine. Mine is the rather dim-witted Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto), the failed DJ (or rather “pre-successful”) with an unflinching loyalty to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jason Mendoza

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Gr8at: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019

Time for more professional animal photos. These are some of the finalists from The Natural History Museum annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 exhibition that I saw through The Evening Standard. Do you have a favourite?

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Gr8at:British Wildlife Photography Awards

Photography has always been such a big passion of mine, especially when linked with wildlife. So when I saw that the winners and finalists for the British Wildlife Photography Awards had just been announced, I had to share my favourites right away.  The competition has been running since 2009, features 15 different categories and is open to both amateurs and professionals. Do you have a favourite? Can you guess the overall winner?

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Gr8at: Edinburgh Fringe Jokes

It was the Edinburgh Fringe recently, so in tribute here are a combination of eight one-liners from the competition just gone and the previous nine years. Have you ever been? Do you have a favourite?

“A thesaurus is great. There’s no other word for it.”
Ross Smith (2019)

“I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.”
Tim Vine (2010)

“My dad suggested I register for a donor card, he’s a man after my own heart.”
Masai Graham (2016)

“I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change.”
Ken Cheng (2017)

“I’ve decided to sell my hoover – well, it was just collecting dust.”
Tim Vine (2014)

“I’ve got an Eton-themed advent calendar, where all the doors are opened for me by my dad’s contacts.”
Ivo Graham (2019)

“Working at the Jobcentre has to be a tense job, knowing that if you get fired you still have to come in the next day.”
Adam Rowe (2018)

“Someone stole my antidepressants. Whoever they are, I hope they’re happy.” 
Richard Stott (2019)

Gr8at: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams Exhibition

I don’t normally reference fashion (save perhaps for Fashion and Art at The Chocolate Show and Film Quizzes: Stylish and Iconic Female Outfits) but I had to share these photos from The Christian Dior Exhibition at the V&A. Are you a big fan of Dior? Have you been to the V&A? They do great exhibitions, including the Pink Floyd one last year.

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Gr8at: California Songs

The heat has been sweltering the last few days.  Seriously, seriously, hot. So following on from my recent Scorching Hot Weather Quiz I’ve chosen my eight favourite songs from a place that knows all about sunshine. Have you heard them all before? Feel free to share any songs about the Golden State you love or how you cope in such hot weather.