The Les Spitz Trophy

Won by the Watford Camera Club




Doreen Spitz presenting the Trophy to Watford Camera Club




The winning Image was Icelandic Arctic Fox by Watford’s Alison Jenkins

The very closely scored runners up were:


Dropped It by John Cox of Tring was the runner up.

and the club scores were

All the image scores can be downloaded here

The full set of entries can be made available to the competing clubs by email to


The Competing Clubs were:

Field End
Leighton Buzzard
Each club has been asked to submit FIVE PDIs, each one to be by a different author.
The final date for Entries is the 30th April.  (Invitations with entry instructions have already been provided to the club secretaries)

The Competition Rules

These are modelled on those for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.  
Images should comply with Sections 4.  ETHICAL REQUIREMENTS and 5 IMAGE SPECIFICATIONS. 
Wildlife categories included are:
Animals in their environment
Animal portraits
Behaviour: Amphibians and reptiles
Behaviour: Birds
Behaviour: Invertebrates
Behaviour: Mammals
Plants and fungi
Under water
Urban wildlife
Natural artistry
Oceans – the bigger picture
Wetlands- the bigger picture.
EDITING and Post processing of images must conform to the rules of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition:
Digital adjustments including tone and contrast, burning, dodging, cropping, sharpening, noise reduction, minor cleaning work (e.g. removal of sensor dust or scratches on transparencies/scans, removal of chromatic aberration), HDR, stitched panoramas, focus stacking are permitted providing that they comply with the Competition’s principles of authenticity – a true representation of nature – so that they do not deceive the viewer or misrepresent the reality of nature, or what was originally captured by the camera.

The following digital adjustments – but not limited to these – are NOT allowed: adding, moving or removing objects, animals or parts of animals, plants, people etc; the removal of dirt, highlights, backscatter, bubbles, debris and similar; composites, painting the foreground / painting out the background.

Les Spitz 1943-2021 

Les & Doreen in Cape Town

Les served several terms as chairman of the club and was an active  committee member till the very end, always willing to share his deep knowledge and experience with fellow club members. He developed a keen interest in photography at the age of ten and maintained that interest his entire life, latterly taking a special pleasure in producing AV’s, a task at which he excelled. He also was a highly respected judge on the C.A.C.C. circuit.   

Above all, he was a warm, kind caring man who is sorely missed by all who knew him.


Les enjoyed their holiday home in Bournemouth,  vacations in Cape Town and Australia and especially,  African wildlife.  






The Judge:   Andy Skillen


Andy has been travelling and photographing wildlife for as long as he can remember.   Throughout his professional career as a journalist, photojournalist and wildlife photographer,  he has travelled globally on assignment for the world’s leading media associations and agencies and has been awarded internationally for his work.

See Andy’s Web site here.